Taiko Fujimura is a mixed media painter based in San Francisco. Her focus is currently painting with ink, watercolor and acrylic on a variety of surfaces.
Taiko selects materials that link her inner self with the outside world, creating an extended montage of her personal experiences, connections and relationships with both people and objects. Her use of colors is often vivid and extreme, and evokes her emotional responses to objects and non-objects. Her pieces confront the dichotomies between chaos and order, industrial and organic, mind and body, positive and negative, logical and random, and intuitive and sequential. She feels an understanding of dualism is key to her art. Her pieces seek to bridge the contradictions around us where two opposites co-exist through unifying space.
The concepts she explores include quietude, peacefulness, harmony, unity, and universality. Her work is strongly influenced by Japanese wabi-sabi and Japanese calligraphy, which she has studied since age six. Back to her roots, she is currently working on Japanese inspired paintings.
Between 1998 and 2001, she studied fine arts at the San Francisco Art Institute and graphic design at the California College of the Arts with scholarships and awards. Her works have appeared in over 300 private and public collections globally, including the de Young Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, and Geisai Museum in Tokyo.