Yuri Miyamoto (Painter)
Yuri Miyamoto was born in 1981 in Ishinomaki, a city in the Miyagi prefecture of Japan. While she was little, Yuri would draw whenever she had paper and pencils at hand. She would often stay up late into the night drawing pictures with the covers pulled up over her head. She had already decided at the young age that she wanted to become an artist. From her fondness of artists like Osamu Tezuka and Chaplin, she started to focus on creating and illustrating her own characters. She continued drawing, becoming a self-taught artist even while her parents were against her pursuit of the arts, and eventually started to show her work at art events. Inspired by her interaction with street performers, she also began to ‘face-paint’ and perform marionette. The smiles that her face-painting always put on children gave her the energy to continue painting. Inspired by the works of Taro Okamoto and Aborigine Emily Kame Kngwarreye, and with the advice of a friend, she began to convey free abstract expression in her work. These works are born through feelings of joy or sometimes from expressing through her hands that which she hides in her heart. By putting into her art that which she cannot even put into words, Yuri hopes to both reflect on her own feelings and reach the hearts of those who see her works.
She has been producing many abstract paintings, as well as creating works which embody a variety of motifs inspired by her experiences of traveling and meeting people.
She has also been involved in a variety of other activities, including poster design, face-painting, marionette performance,
live painting, public reading of children’s books, making stuffed animals, and sessions with musicians. She continues to be active in the art world,
focusing on performances at music events, and showing her work in solo exhibitions. She held the show “Shine” in New York in 2014, which was her first solo show abroad.