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Oba Misako

Biography Misako Oba was born and raised in Japan. Her artworks, including award-winning pieces, have been exhibited at international galleries and art fairs in France, Belgium, Germany, Japan, and the United States, including prestigious AIPAD Shows in New York among others. Oba’s creations are held in private, corporate, and public collections, such as the Bibliotheque Nationale de France in Paris as part of their national permanent collections. Her art and life story have been featured in many magazines and newspapers. She studied photography and other media in a graduate program in the United States and completed additional studies in France and Japan. Oba initially launched her art career specializing in photography, including traditional gelatin silver prints and toning. However, her professional repertoire has since evolved from solely photography to mixed-media painting, which incorporates encaustic, oil, text, Japanese paper, and occasionally her own photographic imagery in compositions relevant to each series’ concept. She often layers ancient and contemporary elements in one piece in an abstract manner. Oba received first prizes (Please see the list below) and was also awarded to full-funded Artist-in-Residency programs. Most recently, she was invited to spend a month at a studio in the United States, which was offered by Brush Creek Foundation of the Arts and created the series of encaustic mixed-media paintings. Her artbooks (monographs) include “Gift of Loss,” “PACTUM,” and “FAUSTUS.” She lived and worked in New York, Seattle and other cities and currently divides her time between Jap