Mari Ito was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1980. She majored in Nihonga, Japanese-style painting made with traditional practices, techniques, and materials. She moved to Barcelona, Spain in 2006. Since then she has taken up residence here and with Nihonga as her base she has developed various 2-D and sculptural works. With her motif centred upon her childhood experiences, loud colours and sensitive but sophisticated lines create unique works beyond traditional Japanese painting, opening up a unique image of the world. In pursuing the universal theme of the seeds of human desire, with its mix of happiness, sorrow and wrath, and in particular through the recurring image of flowers with faces, she reveals her distinctive approach, which is also filled with humour.
Text courtesy Micheko Galerie.