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About the Artist

Akiko Masker (Seattle) was born on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, where she learned to paint and draw at a young age. In 2005, she moved to Seattle, where she enrolled in the University of Washington’s BFA Program. She is currently interested in blending traditional Japanese aesthetic values with Western art. Drawn to the highly visual images of Japanese Buddhism, Akiko explores this iconography while implementing traditional Western art techniques. She is inspired by how geometric and organic forms move in nature. Through her visual exploration, she hopes to bring the abstract understanding of time, space and matter into consciousness.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.