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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Artist: Miya Ando

Design*Sponge is a wealth of information for designers sometimes. I found something that struck me for the first time in a while on the site, the works of Miya Ando. She works in metals from her Japanese/Russian background. Her work is simple, stunning and alluring. I have found myself liking more contemporary simplistic art these days and this is at the peak of it for me. The natural gradation of color is exquisite and not too bold but has just enough of a wow factor to keep me staring.
Here is her bio from her website, you must check her out!

Miya Ando is an American artist whose high profile public commissions and unique artwork have been called ‘A Must See’ by the New York Times.  Ethnically half Japanese &  half Russian, Ando is a descendant of Bizen sword makers and was raised in a Buddhist temple in Japan and in coastal Northern California. She has continued her 16th generation Japanese sword smithing and Buddhist lineage by combining metals, reflectivity and light in her transcendent paintings and sculpture. In 2011 she completed two memorial sculptures for the 9/11 in which she utilized 30 foot tall pieces of steel which had fallen from the World Trade Center Buildings. Ando’s work is has been exhibited in galleries throughout  Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Paris, Berlin, Austraila  and Tokyo. Miya’s public commissions include projects in  South Korea, London, New York and California. Her work appears in many important public and private collections and she is the recipient of the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant in 2012, the Thanatopolis Special Artist Award and Public Outdoor Commission Winner and Puffin Foundation Grant winner. She received her Bachelor of Science Magna Cum Laude in East Asian Studies at UC Berkeley and continued her studies at Yale University, in addition to serving as an apprentice  to  a master metal smith in Japan.

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