Mia O is a South Korean artist, currently living and working in Tokyo, Japan. She received her BFA in Fine Arts from Hong-ik University, Seoul, Korea and her MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute School of Art in New York. She was a 2003 participant in the Nagasawa Art Park Artist-in-Residence program, run by the Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory, where she was introduced to Mokuhanga, a traditional print making process using water based ink on hand made Japanese paper. Her works have been exhibited and collected internationally including a recent purchase award by the Hawaii state Foundation for culture and the Arts, Art in Public Places. and inclusion into the Kentler International Drawing Spaces Flat Files.

Untitled, Acrylic on paper, 59.4 x 42 cm each

RESPONDING TO “In The Details”

When you are near to nature, you see the phenomena of its vitality.

In this exhibition, I am showing my paintings on paper. The unconscious happenings within my thoughts are best expressed through Painting. Just as a plant or a flower does not plan for a certain expression, I seeking a form of expression that exists purely as part of its own being, as Nature intended. I approach my painting as a part of Nature, not as an imitation of it. Although the work may be considered abstract, the colors and patterns are the real feelings surrounding me, so the phenomenon of the work expresses my deep reality. I want to capture the details of minute natural changes, such the wind, rain, or sunshine, or the cycles of blooming, falling, and decay.


2018 STATE of ART: new work, Hawai`i state Art Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
2018 Reading between the Lines, Launch Pad Gallery, Yokohama, Japan
2018 Japan Exhibition, West Yorkshire Print Workshop, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
2018 The 38th Mini Print International of Cadaqués 2018, Cadaqués, Spain
2018 Blue Exhibition, Clouds Art & Coffee, Tokyo, Japan
2018 MOKUHANGA, Buster Levi Gallery, Cold Springs, New York, United States
2018 Green Exhibition, Clouds Art & Coffee, Tokyo, Japan
2018 Into the Fold, C.R. Ettinger Studio Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

2017 Selections from the Kentler Flatfiles: New Additions, Kentler International Drawing Space, New York, New York, United States
2017 Color: Primary to Tertiary, Site:Brooklyn Gallery, New York, New York, United States

Website/Blog: mia-o.format.com
Instagram: @mia_o_pen