Donatera (Painter)

Biography

English | Japanese

Donatera was born in 1986 at Saitama prefecture, Japan. She has been attracted by variety of colors since she was a child and she found her freedom in painting. She is full of energy when her stories emerge onto her canvases. Her paintings are dynamic and lively, as if they have souls. She uses her old clothes, such as dresses, denims and beads which she has been attached to, as material for her paintings. This inspiration comes from when she worked at apparel shop. She found that clothes are not only for wearing. She can empower them by taking off what wraps her like skin and by putting them into her paintings. By doing so, they will breathe forever on her canvases. She was influenced by Henri Cartier Bresson “a photographer who made ordinary things into art” and started to think if she can change everyday due to art. “Hapers BAZAAR” which is the oldest women’s fashion magazine in the world is also great source for her imagination. Her beginning as an artist was in 2009 at Tokyo big site with livepainting on the wall. People there stopped by to see her wall as it was full of originality and the way she painted was so spontaneous.She also got several offers of exhibitions and performances. She won the first prize in Watch design contest by Lebenham and then her design was commercialized. She also offered her painting to “Global Art and Innovation Tour ”presented by well known surf brand “O’neill” and it was sold at the auction. These were the moments dressing up people and space and building up the new world for her while her art make harmony with daily life. Now, her art makes connection with people, and lets her vitality and great imagination spread out to the world.