With rich expressive colors captured in her paintings, the work of Mieko Anekawa explores the excitement of combining naturalism and emotion into an organic collaboration. To her, one’s emotions can influence one’s vision. Objects and motifs to Mieko appear highly saturated, and she sees emotions materialize alongside vibrant colors. Her mission is to capture the moment of this singular view into her painting. Since moving to Southern California her mind has engaged with San Diego’s diverse botanical universe, which has given her an extra unique perception of art and nature.
Mieko Anekawa studied Graphic Design at Kyoto-Seika University in Japan and moved to New York City in 2004. There she studied at the Art Students’ League and Spring Studio in Soho. Her art has been in galleries in Chelsea, Tribeca, Queens, and Brooklyn, and had international exhibitions in Amsterdam, Belgium, Canada, England, Osaka, and Tokyo. Her work was also selected to feature in an MTV pilot show.
Mieko’s art has been reviewed as “gorgeous, colorful paintings, that balance swirling dynamism with a self-assured peace,” and by others as “otherworldly artwork and videography.” One critic stated her art “invokes [Andy] Warhol’s work with its bold abstracted graphic quality.”
Mieko has collaborated with other artists and has done live paintings, installations with Japanese Ikebana arrangements, and body paintings of performance artists. She is an artist member of Spanish Village Art Center and Southwestern Artist Association.