Hiroko Sakai



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I was born in a small town of northern Kyushu island of Japan in early Spring. I was a shy kid.
I liked looking for fairies in grass and reading adventure stories from my gigantic book case. My
parents were great patrons of cultures and art and made sure I had many opportunities to grow
artistically. It seemed like I have been painting and drawing from my first breath. My school note
books are filled with drawings.

My professional art career started in the graphic arts field in Fukuoka, Japan in the early
1990s. After graduating from Seinan Gakuin University with a BA degree in French and Nihon
interior design school with a BA degree in design and rendering, I founded Atelier Yume-
Tsumugi Ltd. I operated that studio successfully for 5 years. I emphasized working on a variety
of projects with varying requirements rather than a distinct style. Many of my works are
displayed in hospital lobbies, corporate offices, and commercial building entrances in Japan.

In 1998, I broadened the scope of my endeavors to include projects in the United States. In
the US, I decided to start concentrate on oil painting. I had always wanted to paint with oils in
Japan, but slow drying oils were not realistic with the short deadlines of my commercial clients.
Now I could do it.

San Francisco, with its vibrant arts culture, became my second home and was a source of
much inspiration. For a while, I felt disadvantaged because I was a foreigner learning a second
language. Now I know that my differences are my strength and I can combine my Japanese and
San Francisco backgrounds to produce powerful and unique art works.

When we tap into our powers of imagination, we are blooms of possibilities.
I believe that I am one of the happiest creatures in the world because I have found what I am
meant to do on this Earth and what I want to do from now on.
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