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Miya Ando
brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Dumbo

ARTIST STATEMENT: The sublime metal canvases and sculptures of New York-based artist MIYA ANDO articulate themes of contradiction and juxtaposition of ideas. The foundation of Ando’s practice is the transformation of surfaces. A descendant of Bizen sword makers, she was raised among sword smiths and Buddhist priests in a temple in Okayama, Japan. Applying traditional techniques of her ancestry, she skillfully transforms sheets of burnished industrial steel, using heat and chemicals, into ephemeral abstractions suffused with subtle gradations of color. She says: “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, 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.” Miya Ando received a bachelor degree in East Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and attended Yale University to study Buddhist iconography and imagery. She apprenticed at the master metal smith Hattori Studio in Japan, followed by a residency at Northern California's Public Art Academy in 2009. Ando is the recipient of many awards, including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2012. Her work has been exhibited extensively all over the world, including a recent show curated by Nat Trotman of the Guggenheim Museum. Miya Ando has produced numerous public commissions, most notably a thirty-foot tall commemorative sculpture in London built from World Trade Center steel to mark the ten-year anniversary of 9/11. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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Miya Ando
美夜 安籐

Selected Awards/Honors
2015 56th Venice Biennale, “Frontiers Reimagined” Exhibition, Museuo di Palazzo Grimani, Italy
2015 Invited to The White House to meet Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, 2015 Washington DC
2014 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York “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 / New York, NY & Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Element: Public Ambassador, Element Eden Advocate
2007 Jury Prize Honorable Mention, Nascent Art / New York, NY

Public Art
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC
‘Since 911’ Public Memorial Sculpture installed permanently at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Zaha Hadid Aquatic Centre, London
Collaboration with Calvin Klein Home, Collective Design Fair, NYC
The Queens Museum, ‘Obon’ [Hudson River]
Narthex Chapel, Saint Peter’s Church NYC
“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

2014 Marble House Artist Residency, Vermont
2014 Smith Andersen Editions Residency, Palo Alto
2012-2013 Bronx Museum AIM Residency
2010 I-Park Outdoor Sculpture Residency, Connecticut
2009 Northern California’s Public Art Academy / San Jose CA

Selected Solo Exhibitions
Evenings, Madison Galleries, La Jolla, California
Outside Looking In, Lesley Kehoe Galleries, Melbourne, Australia
Fleeting Light, Narthex Gallery Saint Peter’s Church, New York
Kisetsu (Seasons), Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
Aurora, Mead Carney Fine Art, London
Light Metal, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong
Cloud-Like Pattern, Lora Schlesinger, Los Angeles
Tides & The Phases of the Moon, K Imperial Gallery / San Francisco
Mujo (Impermanence), Sundaram Tagore Gallery / NYC
Transformations, Martin Asbaek Gallery & Bang Olufsen / Copenhagen
Miya Ando, Dixten Les Docks, Paris
"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
de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University

Winston Wachter Seattle, Summer Group Show
Little Piece, ‘Tsuru No Ongaeshi’ Video Installation, Custom House, Ireland
Nova Gallery, ‘Do You See What I see’, Manila Philippeans
Memorial Sloan Kettering, Vantage Points curated by Sarah Campbell, NYC
Samurai In Contemporary Culture, Worcester Art Museum
2015 56th Venice Biennale, “Frontiers Reimagined” Exhibition, Museuo Di Palazzo Grimani
Scope 2015 Tribeca Grand Hotel curated by Natalie Kates

Group Show, Lora Schelsinger Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Night Light, Fresh Windows Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
Summer Group Show, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
2014 Current Projects at Smith Andersen Editions, Palo Alto
Group Show, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica
Summer Group Show, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong
Shock of the New, Mead Carney Gallery, Monte Negro
Queens Museum of Art, ‘Raising the Temperature: Art works in environmental reactions”, curated by Luchia Lee
Wutang Exhibition, Wallplay NYC
Unseen, Cult Exhibitions/ San Francisco
All Of The Above, Church of St Paul The Apostle, New York
Surface Tension, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
Summer Group Show, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Los Angeles
AIM Biennial, Bronx Museum & Wave Hill, New York, NY (forthcoming)
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, 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
The Hermitage, St Petersburg & IMAL Brussels, "Timekeeper"
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

“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

De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara Group Exhibition
Queens Museum Group Exhibition
Bronx Museum Group Exhibition Aim Biennale
The State Hermitage, St Petersburg, Group Exhibition
Attleboro Contemporary Museum Group Exhibition
Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Solo Exhibition
Byzantine Museum, Greece Exhibition
Chapman University Collection

Speaking Engagements
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York “Spark Lecture” 2014
Guest Artist Lecture, Pratt University, February 2013
Fashion Institute of Technology, January 2013, Guest Artist Critic
Guest Artist Lecture, Pratt University, October 2012
Visiting Artist Critic, Pratt University, September, 2012
Museum of Contemporary Art, Puerto Rico May, 2012
Artist's Talk and Panel Discussion: 3/11 Japan, Pratt University New York, June 2012
Artist's Talk, The New School, New York "Rethinking Inheritance: Creating Kinship", April 2012
Artist's Talk with Yoko Kobayashi-Baker, Galerie Sho Contemporary Art, Tokyo November 2011
Artist Talk in conjunction with solo exhibition '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 / New York NY / /200

BBC London News September 5, 2011 London Memorial Unveiling
ITV 1 London Tonight “London Memorial Unveiling” September 5, 2011
China Broadcast September 6, 2011 London Memorial
Sky News Austrailia, Sepbember 6, 2011 “Miya Ando Commissioned to create ‘After 9/11” Sculpture for London
ITV 1 London Today “London Memorial Unveiling” September 5, 2011
“9/11 Artist Miya Ando Documentary” Good Morning Nippon, NHK News Japan, month of September
“Brooklyn Artist Debuts 9/11 Memorial Sculpture Across the Pond” NY1 News, September
“9/11” Sky News England, September 5, 2011
“Artist Helps Forge Mission of Brooklyn Soup Kitchen” Stephanie Simon, New York One Arts Report, NY1 Television News / 2010
“Subtraction and Steel” Miya Ando Interview on The Morning, Noon and Night Show, Plum TV / 2008

BBC London 94.9 FM September 5, 2011 London Memorial
LBC 97.3 London
Heart 106.2 London September 5, 2011
BBC Radio Cumbria September 5, 2011

1o Certificate of Completion, Public Art Academy Northern California
Apprentice to Master Metal Smith, Hattori Studio / Okayama Japan
Yale University, East Asian Studies / New Haven CT
UC Berkeley, East Asian Studies BS Magna Cum Laude / Berkeley CA Phi Beta Kappa, Dean’s List


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