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Hiroko SakaiBiography: 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. Country: USA Birthyear: 1965 Galleries: The Artists Alley Gallery 863 Mission Street., San Francisco, CA Venus Gallery 627 Cortland Ave., San Francisco, CA CityArt Gallery 828 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 ArtistXchange Gallery 3169 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 AranciatAmera 526 Castro Street-2nd Floor San Francisco, CA Mad River Post Gallery 451 Jackson Street 2nd Floor SF, CA Yuri Shiller Gallery Media: oil Style: surrealistic Subjects: people, portraits and characters
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