Emi Westside (Painter)

Biography

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Emi Westside was born in Japan. She has studied in Canada at age 15 and went to an international school from age 16. Her artist name originates from her last name Nishiwaki (aka West-armpit or side), in addition to the fact that she has lived on the west coast/side of USA.
She studied art at Temple University, Japan Campus, and held her first solo exhibition in Tokyo in Feb., 2016. She also took part in a group exhibition in Dec., 2016. Her inspirations come from the moments of discoveries in everyday life and simply from surviving her life. She strives to capture her view of the world with accuracy, instead of beautifying or idealizing it. Therefore, she finds meaning in embracing both the bright side and the flip side of
reality as they are intertwined. She currently works as a graphic designer in Tokyo, while continuing to produce more exciting artworks.