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 aBuddhist temple in Japanas well as on 25 acres of redwood forest in ruralcoastal Northern California. She has continued her 16th generation Japanese sword smithing and Buddhist lineage by combining metals, reflectivity and light in herluminous 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 a recent show curated by Guggenheim curator Nat Trotman, the Queens Museum, the De Saisset Museum and the Worcester Museum. Miya’s public commissions include projects in South Korea, Berlin, London, Puerto Rico, New York 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 in East Asian Studies at 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) is featured in “Frontiers Reimagined” exhibition in the 56th Venice Biennale. Most recently she was commissioned by The Philip Johnson Glass House to create a sculpture, “Shizen” (Nature) “Kumo” (Cloud).


Selected Awards/Honors 

2016 Commission for The Philip Johnson Glass House, New Canaan CT

2015 Shortlist Best Light Art Award,  Darc Award

2015 56th Venice Biennale, “Frontiers Reimagined” Exhibition, Museo di Palazzo Grimani, Italy

2015 Shortlist Marsh Award for Best Public Sculpture, 9/11 Memorial London

2015 Invited to The White House to meet Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, 2015 Washington DC

2014 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York “Spark Talks” Lecture

2013 Bronx Museum AIM Residency

2012 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant Award 

2012 Blooom Art Award Finalist, Germany

2010 Thanatopolis Special Artist Award and Public Outdoor Commission Winner

2010 Puffin Foundation Grant Award Winner

2009 Fundraiser Co-Chair, The Indigo Youth Movement / New York, NY & Durban, KwaZulu-Natal 

Element: Public Ambassador, Element Eden Advocate

2007 Jury Prize Honorable Mention, Nascent Art / New York, NY


Public Art


Nippon Club, Tohoku Earthquake Memorial Installation“Meditation Room”


“The Edge Of The Woods”, Holiday House NYC Installation

Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, Josie Robertson Surgery Center “Tides” NYC

Montefiore Hospital Lobby Public Commission, Bronx, NYC “Ascension Leaves & Bodhi (Ficus Religiosa Leaf Mandala”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC Painting Installation Lobby

‘Since 911’ Public Memorial Sculpture installed permanently at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Zaha Hadid Aquatic Centre, London

Collaboration with Calvin Klein Home, Collective Design Fair, NYC

Memorial Sloan Kettering Art Program, Cancer Center NYC “Evenings”


The Queens Museum, ‘Obon’ [Hudson River]

Narthex Chapel Installation, Saint Peter’s Church NYC


“Obon: Puerto Rico”, Fist Art Foundation, Puerto Rico. Outdoor, ephemeral public art commission.


“Obon: Temple”, Haein Art Project, Outdoor public commission, 108 luminous resin and phosphorescent cube sculptures for the millennial celebration of The Haeinsa Buddhist Temple, South Korea

“Reflectivity”, September 11 Memorial Sculpture made from a 24” piece of World Trade Center Steel, for CalFire California Fire Department.

“After 9/11”, September 11 Memorial Sculpture, created from 30 foot pieces of World Trade Center Steel, London UK


“Quietness”, Non Denominational Chapel, San Francisco General Hospital/ / San Francisco

“Obon [Meditation 1-8]“, Thanatopolis Outdoor Memorial Sculpture / Norwalk, CT

 “Sakura Reichstag”, temporary outdoor installation, invisible luminous paint on snow / Berlin, Germany

“Beautiful Night”, Invisible luminous wall mural, Safdi Plaza Realty / Brooklyn, NY

“Shelter [Meditation 1-12]“, 48” x 480”, The Healing Place Non Denominational Chapel Woman’s Shelter / Louisville, KY


“8-Fold Path” Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society / Los Angeles, CA

“Let There Be Light”, St. John’s Bread & Life Chapel / New York, NY



2014 Marble House Artist Residency, Vermont

2014 Smith Andersen Editions Residency, Palo Alto

2012-2013 Bronx Museum AIM Residency

2010 I-Park Outdoor Sculpture Residency, Connecticut

2009 Northern California’s Public Art Academy / San Jose CA


Selected Solo Exhibitions


“The Nature of Perception”, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, NYC

“Atmosphere”, Nancy Toomey Fine Art, San Francisco

“銀河 Ginga ("The Silver River" / "Galaxy") and Mandala”,  Lora Schlesinger    Gallery, Los Angeles

“Tasogare/Twilight (The Time of Moonlight, Sunlight and Starlight)”, Winston Wachter Seattle


Sky/Emptiness (Sora/Ku) Sundaram Tagore Gallery Hong Kong

Sky/Emptiness (Sora/Ku) Sundaram Tagore Gallery Singapore

Evenings, Madison Galleries, La Jolla, California


Outside Looking In, Lesley Kehoe Galleries, Melbourne, Australia

Fleeting Light, Narthex Gallery Saint Peter’s Church, New York

Kisetsu (Seasons), Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York

Aurora, Mead Carney Fine Art, London

Light Metal, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong

Cloud-Like Pattern, Lora Schlesinger, Los Angeles


Tides & The Phases of the Moon, K Imperial Gallery / San Francisco

Mujo (Impermanence), Sundaram Tagore Gallery / NYC

Transformations, Martin Asbaek Gallery & Bang Olufsen / Copenhagen

Miya Ando, Dixten Les Docks, Paris


"Meditations" Madison Galleries/La Jolla CA


“The Color of Light” Lora Schlesinger Gallery/ Santa Monica CA

“Elements” Galerie Sho Contemporary Art  / Tokyo

“Reflections” Shibuya Seibu Artspace / Tokyo

“Chado: The Way of Tea” Artxchange Gallery / Seattle


“Shinobu” de Castallane Gallery / Brooklyn NY

“Meditations”Art Ecology Gallery / Louisville KY

“Small Meditative Works”, Lora Schlesinger Gallery / Santa Monica CA


“”Luminous Transcendent”, Bryant Street Gallery / Palo Alto CA

“Next Post: 18 Solo Projects”, Rupert Ravens Contemporary / Newark NJ


“Vanishing Point of Departures”, Anne Reed Gallery / Sun Valley ID

“Revelation and Reflection”, Bandini Art Gallery / Culver City CA

“Introspective Environments”, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art Museum / Staten Island


“Miya Ando”, Edith Caldwell Gallery / Sausalito CA “Miya Ando”

Galerie Sho / Tokyo Japan


Selected Group Exhibitions


“Winter”, Nancy Toomey Gallery, San Francisco

“Abstraction” Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Los Angeles

“Gold Rush”, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University

Sundaram Tagore Gallery, NYC Group Show


Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong Winter Group Show

212 Gallery, Miya Ando & Karen Gunderson, Aspen Colorado

Winston Wachter Seattle, Summer Group Show

Little Piece, ‘Tsuru No Ongaeshi’ Video Installation, Custom House, Ireland

Nova Gallery, ‘Do You See What I see’, Manila Philippines

Memorial Sloan Kettering, Vantage Points curated by Sarah Campbell, NYC

Samurai In Contemporary Culture, Worcester Art Museum

2015 56th Venice Biennale, “Frontiers Reimagined” Exhibition, Museo Di Palazzo Grimani

Scope 2015 Tribeca Grand Hotel curated by Natalie Kates


Group Show, Lora Schelsinger Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Night Light, Fresh Windows Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

Summer Group Show, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York

2014 Current Projects at Smith Andersen Editions, Palo Alto

Group Show, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica

Summer Group Show, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong

Shock of the New, Mead Carney Gallery, Monte Negro

Queens Museum of Art, ‘Raising the Temperature: Art works in environmental reactions”, curated by Luchia Lee


Wutang Exhibition, Wallplay NYC

Unseen, Cult Exhibitions/ San Francisco

All Of The Above, Church of St Paul The Apostle, New York

Surface Tension, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York

Summer Group Show, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Los Angeles

AIM Biennial, Bronx Museum & Wave Hill, New York, NY (forthcoming)

Archives of the Ephemeral: ten interventions in Nature, Escuela de Bellas Artes de Ponce, Puerto Rico

8 Stories, 8 Women, Sundaram Tagore Gallery Hong Kong

A Strong Hand That Nonetheless Gets You Nowhere, Kunsthalle Galapagos, New York

Limuw: An Ode To The Sea, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum

Thinking Like The Universe, K Imperial Gallery, San Francisco & Hatch Gallery, Oakland


The Hermitage, St Petersburg & IMAL Brussels, "Timekeeper" 

Sagrado Corazon University, "Archives of the Ephemeral: Ten Artistic Interventions in Nature", Puerto Rico

Sundaram Tagore Gallery "Installation 1" NYC

Galerie Sho Contemporary Art/ New York Armory Fair, New York

Shibuya Seibu Gallery "Art Meets New York" Galerie Sho, Tokyo

Stories To Wake Up With, The Market Studios Dublin, Ireland

Kunstfilmtag, Language Is The House We Live In, Auditorium of the Artists Association Malkasten, Düsseldorf


“Perspectives” Sundaram Tagore Gallery / New York

“Wa: The Art of Japan”  Gensler Art Gallery / San Francisco

“The Cutting Light” exhibition, Galerie Vanessa Quang / Paris France

“Wide Open” BWAC, Red Hook, NY Curated by Nate Trotman, Guggenheim

“Misc” Art Finance Partners, New York / NY


“Sweetcake Enso” Travelling Zendo Exhibition, Empty Hand Zendo New Rochelle / NY Village Zendo

“The Happy Tree” Monster Children & Element / Sydney Australia

“Diversity in Dialogue” Muriel Guepin Gallery / Brooklyn NY

“The Art of Light”, Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery / Berlin Germany


“Hypothetical Landscapes”, Janet Kurnatowski / Brooklyn NY

“W Hotel”, White Gallery / Times Square NY


“Out of the Blue”, Attleboro Arts Museum / Attleboro MA

“Places and Manners of Worship”, Museum of Byzantine Culture / Greece

“Theme of Compassion”, ArtXchange Gallery / Seattle, WA

“Lack of Desire”, Brooklyn Arts Council / Brooklyn NY


“Duopolis”, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary / Oakland CA

“Distilled Moments”, 111 Minna Gallery / San Francisco CA

“New Wave Contemporary”, Galerie Sho / Tokyo Japan

“Homo Bellicus, A Geneology of War” / Berlin Germany

“Director’s Selection”, Edith Caldwell Gallery / Sausalito CA



De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara Group Exhibition

Queens Museum Group Exhibition

Bronx Museum Group Exhibition Aim Biennale

The State Hermitage, St Petersburg,  Group Exhibition

Attleboro Contemporary Museum Group Exhibition

Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Solo Exhibition

Byzantine Museum, Greece Exhibition

Chapman University Collection 


Speaking Engagements

Asia Society Hong Kong “The Nature of Perception” Artist’s Talk

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York “Spark Lecture” 2014

Guest Artist Lecture, Pratt University, February 2013

Fashion Institute of Technology, January 2013, Guest Artist Critic

Guest Artist Lecture, Pratt University, October 2012

Visiting Artist Critic, Pratt University, September, 2012

Museum of Contemporary Art, Puerto Rico May, 2012

Artist's Talk and Panel Discussion: 3/11 Japan, Pratt University New York, June 2012

Artist's Talk, The New School, New York "Rethinking Inheritance: Creating Kinship", April 2012  

Artist's Talk with Yoko Kobayashi-Baker, Galerie Sho Contemporary Art, Tokyo November 2011

Artist Talk in conjunction with solo exhibition 'Chado' The Way of Tea, Artxchange Gallery, Seattle October 2011

Pratt University, Guest Artist for Karl Chu Architecture, 2011

Artist Talk in Conjunction with Exhibition, Bryant Street Gallery 2009

Visiting Artist Lecture, University of Louisville / November 2009

Cipriani Club Artist Talk / New York NY / /200



BBC London News September 5, 2011 London Memorial Unveiling

ITV 1 London Tonight “London Memorial Unveiling” September 5, 2011

China Broadcast September 6, 2011 London Memorial

Sky News Austrailia, September 6, 2011 “Miya Ando Commissioned to create ‘After 9/11” Sculpture for London

ITV 1 London Today “London Memorial Unveiling” September 5, 2011

“9/11 Artist Miya Ando Documentary” Good Morning Nippon, NHK News Japan, month of September

“Brooklyn Artist Debuts 9/11 Memorial Sculpture Across the Pond” NY1 News, September

“9/11” Sky News England, September5, 2011

“Artist Helps Forge Mission of Brooklyn Soup Kitchen” Stephanie Simon, New York One Arts Report, NY1 Television News / 2010

“Subtraction and Steel” Miya Ando Interview on The Morning, Noon and Night Show, Plum TV / 2008



BBC London 94.9 FM September 5, 2011London Memorial

LBC 97.3 London

Heart 106.2 London September 5, 2011

BBC Radio Cumbria September 5, 2011



1o Certificate of Completion, Public Art Academy Northern California

Apprentice to Master Metal Smith, Hattori Studio / Okayama Japan

Yale University, East Asian Studies / New Haven CT

UC Berkeley, East Asian Studies BS Magna Cum Laude / Berkeley CA Phi Beta Kappa, Dean’s List