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
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
This piece I created for one of my Hero’s, Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish Diplomat and
Humanitarian. I started by painting the cradled birch panel with Black paint. Then I drew
hundreds of tears using NeoColors ( Beeswax crayons from Switzerland ). Then layers of
Encaustic medium ( 8 parts beeswax, 2 parts damar crystal). Scraping the painting and
sculpted Petals to hold the Tears. Sculpted tiny handles out of the scrapings to hold my hair
beaded with real Moonstone Teardrops.
This piece is multiple layers of the bio luminescent pigments painted, gently fused (no torch,
just small heat gun). Then I had slivers from previous paintings saved that I loved. They are the
small shapes with black lines. I just pushed them on warm from my hand. And added a few
crystals. This one glows in the dark.
This piece has around 12-15 Layers on a Cradled Birch Panel. Each layer a transparent
different color of Encaustic (Molten Beeswax) pigmented with bioluminescent pigments. Then
many layers of pressed flowers in between layers of wax. Then added Swarovski Crystals to
embellish. It glows in the dark.
This piece is created using watercolor paper that I had in a Waterbath using Sennilier Shellac
based inks to achieve deep color. I then tore the paper and glued to a cradled panel and did an
Encaustic painting on top. Lots of fusing on this one to get the melted sky. This one is my
favorite. Its a combo imaginary earth from above Ireland.