Masako Ando, ‘Zawawa’, 2010, Tomio Koyama Gallery

About Masako Ando

Masako Ando paints what she calls “pictures that resemble the world that is beautifully strange, and unemotionally humorous, […] the world itself and a prayer at the same time.” Her paintings are delicate multimedia constructions that blend together memories, and what she calls “concrete motifs,” like children, animals, and plants. She is known for her delicate textures, smooth planes, multi-faceted colors and depth. Ando achieves these through a slow and laborious process, working in alternating layers of applying paint with brushes or her hand, drawing with pencil, and then polishing the painting’s surface. Ando studied with Nobuya Hitsuda, whose other pupils include Yoshitomo Nara and Hiroshi Sugito.

Japanese, b. 1976, Aichi, Japan