Miya Ando is an American artist whose metal canvases and sculpture articulate themes of perception and ones relationship to time. The foundation of her practice is the transformation of surfaces.  Half Japanese &  half Russian-American, Ando is a descendant of Bizen sword makers and spent part of her childhood in a Buddhist temple in Japan as well as on 25 acres of redwood forest in rural, coastal Northern California. She has continued her 16th generation Japanese sword smithing and Buddhist lineage by combining metals, reflectivity and light in her luminous paintings and sculpture. In 2011 she completed two memorial sculptures for 9/11 in which she utilized 30 foot tall pieces of steel which had fallen from the World Trade Center Buildings. Ando’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the world, including The Queens Museum, The Bronx Museum, The De Saisset Museum, The Worchester Museum, Attleboro Arts Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Santa Barbara, The State Hermitage Museum in Russia, The Byzantine Museum in Greece, The Newhouse Center For Contemporary Art and her work was selected for the BWAC exhibition curated by Guggenheim curator Nat Trotman. Miya’s public commissions include projects in South Korea, Berlin, London, Puerto Rico, New York, Connecticuit and California. Her work appears in many important public and private collections and she is the recipient of the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant in 2012, the Thanatopolis Special Artist Award and Public Outdoor Commission Winner and Puffin Foundation Grant winner. A recent critics' picks of ARTFORUM, Ando received her Bachelor of Science Magna Cum Laude from UC Berkeley and continued her studies at Yale University, in addition to serving as an apprentice to a master metal smith in Japan. Miya’s large scale artwork “Emptiness The Sky” (Shou Sugi Ban) was featured in the “Frontiers Reimagined” exhibition in the 56th Venice Biennale 2015. Most recently she was commissioned by The Philip Johnson Glass House to create a sculpture, “Shizen” (Nature) “Kumo” (Cloud) and her work has been acquired for the permanent contemporary collection by The Los Angeles County Art Museum (LACMA).

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