Ando, Miya


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Drawing on her multicultural upbringing—she is half Japanese, half Russian-American, and was raised both in a Buddhist temple in Japan and in Northern California—Miya Ando combines metals, reflectivity, and light to create subtly beautiful metal canvases and sculpture. “Ultimately I am interested in the study of subtraction to the point of purity, simplicity and refinement,” she says of the quiet, abstract environments she creates. Burnishing and chemical treatment of the metal results in varied textures and degrees of sheen in her richly colored monochromatic metal sheets, which simultaneously evoke Mark Rothko paintings and landscapes. Striving to find a universal vocabulary, Ando says she relies on light and “a lot of vernacular that is inspired by nature.” Her interest in metal stems in part from a family tradition of swordsmithing. Notably, in 2011 she incorporated 30-foot pieces of steel that had fallen from the World Trade Center into two 9/11 memorial sculptures.

2018 “Clouds”, The Noguchi Museum, Queens, NY

“Cloud Field”, The Katzen Arts Center, American University Museum, Washington DC MOAH (The Museum of Art and History), Lancaster, CA “Drifting Cloud, Flowing Water”, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, NYC

“Oborozuki” (The Moon Obscured By Clouds), Nancy Toomey Gallery, San Francisco

2017 The Hammond Museum Solo Exhibition, North Salem, NY, NY Selected by Judy Heckler, Director of International Print Center New York and former Assistant Curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Museum of Modern Art, NY, NY “Temporal”, SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) Museum Solo Exhibition, Savannah, GA “Sui Getsu”, Shibuya Seibu Solo Exhibition, Tokyo, JPN “Sui Getsu”, Hiroshima SOGO, JPN

2016 “The Nature of Perception”, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, NY, NY “Atmosphere”, Nancy Toomey Fine Art, San Francisco, CA “銀河 Ginga (“The Silver River”/”Galaxy”) and Mandala”, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “Tasogare/Twilight (The Time of Moonlight, Sunlight and Starlight)”, Winston Wachter, Seattle, WA

2015 “Sky/Emptiness (Sora/Ku)”, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong “Sky/Emptiness (Sora/Ku)”, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore “Evenings”, Madison Galleries, La Jolla, CA

2014 “Outside Looking In”, Lesley Kehoe Galleries, Melbourne, AUS “Fleeting Light”, Narthex Gallery Saint Peter’s Church, NY, NY “Kisetsu (Seasons)”, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, NY, NY “Aurora”, Mead Carney Fine Art, London, UK “Light Metal”, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong “Cloud-Like Pattern”, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2013 “Tides & The Phases of the Moon”, K Imperial Gallery, San Francisco, CA “Mujo (Impermanence)”, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, NY, NY “Transformations”, Martin Asbaek Gallery & Bang Olufsen, Copenhagen, DK “Miya Ando”, Dixten Les Docks, Paris, FRA

2012 “Meditations” Madison Galleries, La Jolla, CA

2011 “The Color of Light”, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA “Elements”, Galerie Sho Contemporary Art, Tokyo, JPN “Reflections”, Shibuya Seibu Artspace, Tokyo, JPN “Chado: The Way of Tea”, Artxchange Gallery, Seattle, WA

2010 “Shinobu”, de Castallane Gallery, Brooklyn, NY “Meditations” Art Ecology Gallery, Louisville, KY “Small Meditative Works”, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2009 “Luminous Transcendent”, Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA “Next Post: 18 Solo Projects”, Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark, NJ

2008 “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, NY

2007 “Miya Ando”, Edith Caldwell Gallery, Sausalito CA Galerie Sho, Tokyo, JPN

Selected Group Exhibitions


“National Exhibition”, Monmouth Museum, New Jersey, NY “Clouds”, Luftmuseum, Amberg, DE National Exhibiton “The Haggin Museum” Stockton, CA

“Clouds”, The Luft Museum, Germany

“Flora”, The Cornell Museum, Delray Beach, FL 2017 Japan Gallery Exhibition, DIA (Detroit Institute of Arts) Museum, Detroit, MI

“Atmosphere in Japanese Painting”, LACMA (Los Angele County Museum of Art) Group Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA “Crossing Boundaries: Art and the Future of Clean Energy”, Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, FL “Looking Glass”, Cornell Museum of Art, Delray Beach, FL “Gateway to Imagination”, Farmington Museum, Farmington, NM “Lunar”, Sundaram Tagore Gallery Madison Ave, NY, NY “Contemporary Landscape”, Cica Museum (Czong Institute for Contemporary Art), Gyeonggi, Korea “Wonder Ball”, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA “Primary Source”, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore “5×5”, Westmont-Ridley Tree Museum, Santa Barbara, California “Small Works”, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Los Angeles, California “Material Matters” BWAC, New York selected by Lilian Tone, Assistant Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at MoMA, NY, NY


“Winter”, Nancy Toomey Gallery, San Francisco, CA “Abstraction”, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “Gold Rush”, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA NYC Group Show, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, NY, NY

2015 Winter Group Show, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong “Miya Ando & Karen Gunderson”, 212 Gallery, Aspen Colorado Summer Group Show, Winston Wachter Gallery, Seattle, WA “Little Piece, ‘Tsuru No Ongaeshi’ Video Installation”, Custom House, Ireland “Do You See What I see”, Nova Gallery, Manila, Philippines

“Vantage Points” curated by Sarah Campbell, Memorial Sloan Kettering, NY, NY “Samurai In Contemporary Culture”, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA “Frontiers Reimagined” Exhibition, 56th Venice Biennale, Museo Di Palazzo Grimani, Venice, IT Tribeca Grand Hotel curated by Natalie Kates


Group Show, Lora Schelsinger Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “Night Light”, Fresh Windows Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Summer Group Show, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, NY, NY 2014 Current Projects, Smith Andersen Editions, Palo Alto, CA Group Show, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA Summer Group Show, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong “Shock of the New”, Mead Carney Gallery, Montenegro “Raising the Temperature: Artworks in environmental reactions” curated by Luchia Lee, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY


“Bronx Calling: The Second Bronx Biennial”, Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY Wutang Exhibition, Wallplay, NY, NY “Unseen”, Cult Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA “All Of The Above”, Church of St Paul The Apostle, NY, NY “Surface Tension”, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, NY, NY Summer Group Show, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “Archives of the Ephemeral: Ten interventions In Nature”, Escuela de Bellas Artes de Ponce, Puerto Rico “8 Stories, 8 Women”, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong “A Strong Hand That Nonetheless Gets You Nowhere”, Kunsthalle Galapagos, Brooklyn, NY “Limuw: An Ode To The Sea”, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Satellite Hotel Indigo, Santa Barbara, CA “Thinking Like The Universe”, K Imperial Gallery, San Francisco & Hatch Gallery, Oakland, CA


“Timekeeper”, The Hermitage, St Petersburg, RUS & IMAL Brussels, BE “Archives of the Ephemeral: Ten Artistic Interventions in Nature”, Sagrado Corazon University, Puerto Rico “Installation 1”, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, NY, NY Galerie Sho Contemporary Art, Armory Fair, NY, NY “Art Meets New York”, Shibuya Seibu Gallery, Galerie Sho, Tokyo, JPN “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, DE

2011 “Perspectives”, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, NY, NY “Wa: The Art of Japan”  Gensler Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA “The Cutting Light” exhibition, Galerie Vanessa Quang, Paris, FRA “Wide Open” BWAC, Red Hook, NY Curated by Nate Trotman, Guggenheim “Misc” Art Finance Partners, NY, NY


“Sweetcake Enso”, Travelling Zendo Exhibition, Empty Hand Zendo, New Rochelle, NY Village Zendo “The Happy Tree” Monster Children & Element, Sydney, AUS “Diversity in Dialogue” Muriel Guepin Gallery, Brooklyn, NY “The Art of Light”, Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery, Berlin, DE


“Hypothetical Landscapes”, Janet Kurnatowski, Brooklyn, NY “W Hotel”, White Gallery, Times Square, NY, NY


“Out of the Blue”, Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA “Places and Manners of Worship”, Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki, Greece “Theme of Compassion”, ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle, WA “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, DE “Director’s Selection”, Edith Caldwell Gallery, Sausalito, CA

Speaking Engagements

Aston Martin, Miami, FL, 2017 SCAD Museum of Art “Temporal” exhibition gallery talk, 2017 Asia Society Hong Kong “The Nature of Perception” Artist’s Talk, 2015 Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, “Spark Lecture” 2014 Guest Artist Lecture, Pratt University NY, February 2013 Fashion Institute of Technology NY, January 2013, Guest Artist Critic Guest Artist Lecture, Pratt University NY, October 2012 Visiting Artist Critic, Pratt University NY, September 2012 Museum of Contemporary Art, Puerto Rico May, 2012 Artist’s Talk and Panel Discussion: 3/11 Japan, Pratt University NY, 2012 Artist’s Talk, The New School, NY “Rethinking Inheritance: Creating Kinship”, April 2012 Artist’s Talk with Yoko Kobayashi-Baker, Galerie Sho Contemporary Art, Tokyo, November 2011 Artist Talk ‘Chado’ The Way of Tea, Artxchange Gallery, Seattle, October 2011 Pratt University, Guest Artist for Karl Chu Architecture, 2011 Artist Talk in Conjunction with Exhibition, Bryant Street Gallery, 2009 Visiting Artist Lecture, University of Louisville, November 2009 Cipriani Club Artist Talk, NY, NY,2008

Selected Awards/Honors

2017 Winner of Emerging Artist Prize, Detroit Institute of Arts 2017 The Hammond Museum award 2017 The Farmington Museum award 2016 LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) acquisition for Permanent Contemporary Art Collection 2016 Commission for The Philip Johnson Glass House, New Canaan, CT 2015 Shortlist Best Light Art Award, Darc Award 2015 56th Venice Biennale, “Frontiers Reimagined” Exhibition, Museo di Palazzo Grimani, Italy 2015 Shortlist Marsh Award for Best Public Sculpture, 9/11 Memorial, London 2015 Invited to The White House to meet Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Washington DC 2014 Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY “Spark Talks” Lecture 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 2010 Puffin Foundation Grant Award Winner 2009 Fundraiser Co-Chair, The Indigo Youth Movement, NY, NY & Durban, KwaZulu-Natal Element: Public Ambassador, Element Eden Advocate 2007 Jury Prize Honorable Mention, Nascent Art, NY, NY

Public Art


“Falcons Grid”, Mercedes-Benz Atlanta Falcons Stadium permanent installation, Atlanta, GA “Prayer Flag Mandala”, Orgye Dorje Den Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, San Leandro, CA “Tea Room”, Shibuya Seibu Gallery in conjunction with “Enishi” exhibition of tea ceremony objects, Tokyo, JPN Shibuya Seibu Windows “Mandala” and “Suspended Forest” Tokyo, JPN “Wishing Mandala”, The Rubin Museum, NY, NY


“Meditation Room”, Nippon Club, Tohoku Earthquake Memorial Installation, NY, NY


“The Edge Of The Woods”, Holiday House Installation, NY, NY “Tides” Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, Josie Robertson Surgery Center NYC “Ascension Leaves & Bodhi (Ficus Religiosa Leaf Mandala”, Montefiore Hospital Lobby, Bronx, NY Painting Installation in Lobby, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY, NY “Since 911” Public Memorial Sculpture installed permanently at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Zaha Hadid Aquatic Centre, London, UK Collaboration with Calvin Klein Home, Collective Design Fair, NY, NY “Evenings”, Memorial Sloan Kettering Art Program, Cancer Center, NY, NY


“Obon [Hudson River]”, The Queens Museum, Queens, NY Narthex Chapel Installation, Saint Peter’s Church, NY, NY


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


“Obon: Temple”, Haein Art Project, Outdoor public commission 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, CA “Obon [Meditation 1-8]“, Thanatopolis Outdoor Memorial Sculpture, Norwalk, CT “Sakura Reichstag”, temporary outdoor installation, invisible luminous paint on snow, Berlin, DE “Beautiful Night”, Invisible luminous wall mural, Safdi Plaza Realty, Brooklyn, NY “Shelter [Meditation 1-12]”, 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 Chapel, NY, NY


2014 Marble House Artist Residency, Dorset, VT 2014 Smith Andersen Editions Residency, Palo Alto, CA 2012-2013 Bronx Museum AIM Residency, Bronx, NY 2010 I-Park Outdoor Sculpture Residency, East Haddam, CT 2009 Northern California’s Public Art Academy, San Jose, CA


Certificate of Completion, Public Art Academy, Northern California Apprentice to Master Metalsmith, Hattori Studio, Okayama, JPN Yale University, East Asian Studies, New Haven, CT UC Berkeley, East Asian Studies, BS 1996 Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Dean’s List, Berkeley, CA