miya ando is a female artist born in United States, currently working in United States.
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In my work, I create quiet, abstract, meditative environments as a study of spiritual expression. Ultimately I am interested in the study of subtraction to the point of purity, simplicity and refinement. I am Japanese and Russian-American, a descendant of Bizen sword maker Ando Yoshiro Masakatsu and was raised between two worlds: among sword smiths-turned Buddhist priests in a Buddhist temple in Okayama, Japan and amongst the redwoods in coastal Santa Cruz, California. I am influenced by meditation, nature, geometry and the ethos and aesthetics of Zen Reductivism. I work primarily in metals and light, themes in my work are impermanence, transformation and transcendence.
The foundation of my studio practice is based on the transformation of surfaces, focusing to create works with light and metals. I have a deep appreciation for the dynamic properties of metal and its ability to reflect light. Metal simultaneously conveys strength and permanence and yet in the same instant can appear delicate, fragile, luminous, soft, and ethereal. The medium becomes both a contradiction and juxtaposition for expressing notions of evanescence, including ideas such as the transitory and ephemeral nature of all things, quietude and the underlying impermanence of everything.
Recently my work has combined 2D and 3D pieces into installations of transformative minimal spaces and environments. These contemplative, luminous voids are at once empty and serene, while also alive, filled with potential and possibility. In these new installations, I invite the viewer into a meditative space, and it is my hope that these spaces inspire introspection, reflection and solace. I have recently completed the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 public commission, created from 30 foot sections of World Trade Center Steel, which was unveiled September 5th in London by Mayor Boris Johnson. For this work, I left the steel unchanged in form but polished part of the material into a highly refined, mirror finish which reflected light. My intention is to put forth quiet and transcendent environments which come from a place of sincerity and compassion.


Selected Awards/Honors

2013 Bronx Museum AIM Residency

2012 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant Award

2012 Blooom Art Award Finalist, Germany

2010 Thanatopolis Special Artist Award and Public Outdoor Commission Winner

Puffin Foundation Grant Award Winner

2009 Fundraiser Co-Chair, The Indigo Youth Movement / New York, NY & Durban, KwaZulu-Natal Public Ambassador, Element Advocate, International print and media campaign 2007

Jury Prize Honorable Mention, Nascent Art / New York, NY

Public Commissions


“Obon: Puerto Rico”, Fist Art Foundation, Puerto Rico. Outdoor, ephemeral public art commission.


“Obon: Temple”, Haein Art Project, Outdoor public commission, 108 luminous resin and phosphorescent cube sculptures for the millennial celebration of The Haeinsa Buddhist Temple, South Korea

“Reflectivity”, September 11 Memorial Sculpture made from a 24” piece of World Trade Center Steel, for CalFire California Fire Department.

“After 9/11”, September 11 Memorial Sculpture, created from 30 foot pieces of World Trade Center Steel, London UK


“Quietness”, Non Denominational Chapel, San Francisco General Hospital/ / San Francisco

“Obon [Meditation 1-8]“, Thanatopolis Outdoor Memorial Sculpture / Norwalk, CT

“Sakura Reichstag”, temporary outdoor installation, invisible luminous paint on snow / Berlin, Germany

“Beautiful Night”, Invisible luminous wall mural, Safdi Plaza Realty / Brooklyn, NY

“Shelter [Meditation 1-12]“, 40’ installed, The Healing Place Non Denominational Chapel Woman’s Shelter / Louisville, KY


“8-Fold Path” Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society / Los Angeles, CA

“Let There Be Light”, St. John’s Bread & Life Non Denominational Chapel / New York, NY

Selected Solo Exhibitions


Solo Exhibition, Sundaram Tagore Gallery/NYC (Forthcoming)

Solo Exhibition, Galerie Sho, Tokyo (Forthcoming)


“Meditations” Madison Galleries/La Jolla CA


“The Color of Light” Lora Schlesinger Gallery/ Santa Monica CA

“Elements” Galerie Sho Contemporary Art / Tokyo

“Reflections” Shibuya Seibu Artspace / Tokyo

“Chado: The Way of Tea” Artxchange Gallery / Seattle


“Shinobu” de Castallane Gallery / Brooklyn NY

“Meditations”Art Ecology Gallery / Louisville KY

“Small Meditative Works”, Lora Schlesinger Gallery / Santa Monica CA


“”Luminous Transcendent”, Bryant Street Gallery / Palo Alto CA

“Next Post: 18 Solo Projects”, Rupert Ravens Contemporary / Newark NJ


“Vanishing Point of Departures”, Anne Reed Gallery / Sun Valley ID

“Revelation and Reflection”, Bandini Art Gallery / Culver City CA

“Introspective Environments”, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art Museum / Staten Island


“Miya Ando”, Edith Caldwell Gallery / Sausalito CA “Miya Ando”

Galerie Sho / Tokyo Japan

Selected Group Exhibitions


AIM Biennial, Bronx Museum & Wave Hill, New York, NY (forthcoming)

A Strong Hand That Nonetheless Gets You Nowhere, Kunsthalle Galapagos, New York

Limuw: An Ode To The Sea, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum

Thinking Like The Universe, K Imperial Gallery, San Francisco & Hatch Gallery, Oakland


Sagrado Corazon University, “Archives of the Ephemeral: Ten Artistic Interventions in Nature”, Puerto Rico

Sundaram Tagore Gallery “Installation 1” NYC

Galerie Sho Contemporary Art/ New York Armory Fair, New York

Shibuya Seibu Gallery “Art Meets New York” Galerie Sho, Tokyo

Stories To Wake Up With, The Market Studios Dublin, Ireland

Kunstfilmtag, Language Is The House We Live In, Auditorium of the Artists Association Malkasten, Düsseldorf


“Perspectives” Sundaram Tagore Gallery / New York

“Wa: The Art of Japan” Gensler Art Gallery / San Francisco

“The Cutting Light” exhibition, Galerie Vanessa Quang / Paris France

“Wide Open” BWAC, Red Hook, NY Curated by Nate Trotman, Guggenheim

“Misc” Art Finance Partners, New York / NY


“Sweetcake Enso” Travelling Zendo Exhibition, Empty Hand Zendo New Rochelle / NY Village Zendo

“The Happy Tree” Monster Children & Element / Sydney Australia

“Diversity in Dialogue” Muriel Guepin Gallery / Brooklyn NY

“The Art of Light”, Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery / Berlin Germany


“Hypothetical Landscapes”, Janet Kurnatowski / Brooklyn NY

“W Hotel”, White Gallery / Times Square NY


“Out of the Blue”, Attleboro Arts Museum / Attleboro MA

“Places and Manners of Worship”, Museum of Byzantine Culture / Greece

“Theme of Compassion”, ArtXchange Gallery / Seattle, WA* (*exhibit collaboration w/gathering feat. His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet)

“Lack of Desire”, Brooklyn Arts Council / Brooklyn NY


“Duopolis”, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary / Oakland CA

“Distilled Moments”, 111 Minna Gallery / San Francisco CA

“New Wave Contemporary”, Galerie Sho / Tokyo Japan

“Homo Bellicus, A Geneology of War” / Berlin Germany

“Director’s Selection”, Edith Caldwell Gallery / Sausalito CA