Miya Ando, ‘Phenomena Kasumi Mist #1’, 2016, Japan Society Benefit Auction 2016

A descendant of Bizen swordsmiths turned Buddhist priests in Okayama, Japan, Miya Ando is a post-minimalist American artist raised in Japan and Northern California. She earned a degree in East Asian Studies at UC Berkeley and completed graduate coursework in Buddhist studies at Yale University, in addition to serving as an apprentice to a contemporary master metalsmith in Japan. Inspired by the processed-based experimentation of Mono-ha artists such as Lee Ufan, Ando is interested in the "transformation of surfaces," producing light-reflecting gradients on her metal paintings and sculptures by applying heat, sandpaper, grinders, acid, and patinas. This metal canvas is part of Ando's ongoing series entitled "Phenomena."

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Signature: Signed on verso.

About Miya Ando

Drawing on her multicultural upbringing—she is half Japanese, half Russian-American, and was raised both in a Buddhist temple in Japan and in Northern California—Miya Ando combines metals, reflectivity, and light to create subtly beautiful metal canvases and sculpture. “Ultimately I am interested in the study of subtraction to the point of purity, simplicity and refinement,” she says of the quiet, abstract environments she creates. Burnishing and chemical treatment of the metal results in varied textures and degrees of sheen in her richly colored monochromatic metal sheets, which simultaneously evoke Mark Rothko paintings and landscapes. Striving to find a universal vocabulary, Ando says she relies on light and “a lot of vernacular that is inspired by nature.” Her interest in metal stems in part from a family tradition of swordsmithing. Notably, in 2011 she incorporated 30-foot pieces of steel that had fallen from the World Trade Center into two 9/11 memorial sculptures.

American, b. 1978, Los Angeles, California, based in New York, New York

Solo Shows

2015
Central, Hong Kong,
2014
Lesley Kehoe Galleries, 
Melbourne,
2013
San Francisco,
Miya Ando: Tides and Phases of The Moon