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Mia O is a South Korean artist, currently living and working in Tokyo, Japan. She received her BFA in Fine Arts from Hong-ik University, Seoul, Korea and her MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute School of Art in New York. She was a 2003 participant in the Nagasawa Art Park Artist-in-Residence program, run by the Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory, where she was introduced to Mokuhanga, a traditional print making process using water based ink on hand made Japanese paper. Her works have been exhibited and collected internationally, including a recent purchase award by the Hawaii state Foundation for culture and the Arts, Art in Public Places. and inclusion into the Kentler International Drawing Spaces Flatfiles.


Nature— it invites me to respond.

When I see ripples of water or reflections of a mountain in a river, I see patterns.
All of the materials I use are friendly to nature and contain these patterns.

I begin by freely carving into wood with no preparatory drawings. In my mind’s eye, I see the patterns and respond to them. This gives me the feeling of directly connecting with deep natural phenomena.

When I print, I use water based pigments on handmade Kozo fibers. The watery ink flows naturally into the paper, tracking the forces which are inherent in its form.

My color palette expresses shifts in the light of the four seasons.

I hope that my work can convey to others, the beauty I see in the natural world.

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Solo Exhibition

Pilgrimage of Landscape.CfSHE Gallery, Tokyo,Japan 2016

Landscape. Basta Art Cafe,Dubai,UAE 2012

`Have you seen a camel?` No Name Gallery Cafe,Jeonju,Korea 2010

`contained` RBR Gallery, Tokyo,Japan. 2006

Relationship, Seoshin Gallery, Jeonju,Korea 2002

`Pleasure, WItty and Odd` Pratt Gallery, New York,USA 2000

Group Exhibition

Mini Print Biennial The sea and the Lighthouses, Centro de Arte Faro Cabo Mayor,Spain 2018 https://www.impact10.es/eventos-events/bienal-miniprint-biennial/

Reading between the Lines, Launch Pad Gallery, Yokohama, Japan 2018

Japan Exhibition, West Yorkshire Print Workshop, W Yorkshire, UK 2018 http://www.wypw.org/blog/category/currentexhibitions/

The 38th Mini Print International of Cadaqués 2018, Cadaqués, Spain 2018

Blue Exhibition, Cloudsartcoffee, Tokyo, Japan 2018

Cosmopolitan Art Festival, Taiji Kiyokawa Memorial Gallery (Citizen Gallery of Setagaya Museum) Tokyo, JAPAN 2018

MOKUHANGA, Buster Levi Gallery, Cold Springs, USA 2018http://www.busterlevigallery.com/new-gallery-32/

Green Exhibition, Cloudsartcoffee, Tokyo, Japan 2018http://cloudsartcoffee.com/art.html

Into the Fold, C.R. Ettinger Studio Gallery, Philadelphia, USA 2018 http://C.R. Ettinger Studio Gallery

5th Wharepuke International open printmaking show. Art Gallery Kerikeri,NZ 2017

Selections from the Kentler Flatfiles: New Additions, Kentler International Drawing Space,New York,USA 2017

Color: Primary to Tertiary. Site:Brookly Gallery, New York, USA 2017

Friends-in-Progress Tokyo x HNL. Ark of the unicons, Honolulu,USA 2017

Into the fold. Commons Gallery, Honolulu,USA 2017

Discipline&Sensibility. Art Building Gallery, Honolulu, USA 2017

Open Mokuhanga Exhibition. Fire station Print Studio, Melbourne,Australia 2017

Surface(s) Exhibition. Nishimachi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2017

Soul Exhibition. Nishimachi Gallery, Tokyo,Japan, 2017

4th Wharepuke International open printmaking Show. Art Gallery, Kerikeri,NZ 2016

Rene Caren Internatioal Printmaking Prize. Brussel, Belgium 2016

International `small Format` Art Competition & show.Metanoia Gallery, Paris, France 2016

International mini print biennial. seacourt, Bangor, UK 2016

Miniprint Kazanlak. Art Gallery Kazanlak, Kazanlak,Bulgaria 2016

The 1st TKO International miniprint Exhibition 2016. Tokyo,Kyoto,Osaka,Japan 2016

Art Space Print Exchange&Exhibit. Thamese Art Gallery, Oniario, Canada 2015

Greendoor-printmaking Studio print exchange program.Derby,Canada 2105

International Mokuhanga Exhibition. Yohagaro Gallery, Tokyo,Japan 2015

Using Format