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Seika

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Nakisa Seika was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1974. Primarily known as‘Seika’ in the art world, she is an emerging Japanese artist with greatpassion that is displayed in each of her creations. Her work isstrongly influenced by her love of Japanese block print and theserenity of nature, seen in Japan and the United States. Seikadisplays superior creative ability in her use of blending the mostdramatic colors in oil paint with undertones of flashing silver leafbackgrounds, all crafted upon natural art boards.

Seika began her artistic career in Japan and furthered her educationin the United States, earning a degree in painting from the AtlantaCollege of Art. Seika is influenced by American painter AndrewWyeth, and by European greats such as Picasso, Michelangelo,Diego Velazquez – each of whom she credits with sparking herimagination as a child. She is also guided by Japan’s native religion,Shintoism. “We believe eight million spirits live within us,” Seikasays, “Nature is hiding a lot of them. In Japan, we feel closer tonature. It is a part of us.”

Seika draws you into her paintings, as she breathes life into each stroke of the tree branch,making each painting grow differently. Seika's paintings, with her delicate lines, striking colorpalette, and graphic precision will certainly leave you awe-inspired. Seika does not believe her work will ever be complete. She refuses to suppress ingenuity for any reason whatsoever. “I’m sure I will not be satisfied with my work until the day I die,” Seika says. “I am always refining my style, always improving.”

Her artwork is displayed all over the world, in Tokyo, Dubai, Canada, and extensively throughout the United States in galleries and private collections.

Becoming a total stranger, especially in upstate New York, she attended high school for two years and college for one before transferring to the Atlanta College of Art that welcomed her with open arms and accepted her as well as her situation. In 1996 the Olympics came to Atlanta and with this came her introduction to one of the sponsors, the High Museum of Art. The museum came on her radar and their exhibitions improved when they began working with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). They hung artwork created by the students in the rented collaborative cafeteria space to boost their exposure and help launch their careers. She sought and earned an internship with the High Museum in her senior year and there she was embedded deeper into the world of American fine art. She learned not only more about the art itself but also how to setup and dismantle exhibitions. She went on to be a general assistant for over 7 years at Deljou, learning all great techniques from other artists before becoming a full-time featured artist.


Seika's work draws heavily on a deep respect for the serenity of nature as well as the simple expression of color as it playfully interacts with different patterns, shapes, and layers of technique. Her nature-based series seed from Japan's native religion of Shintoism, which Seika explains, "We believe eight million spirits live within us. Nature is hiding a lot of them. In Japan, we feel closer to nature. It is a part of us." In series like Waltz of Flowers, Seika uses a distressed textured background that adds to the soft, delicate integrity of the subject in the foreground. She introduces sprinkles of color that help provide an identity for the flowers without taking away from the imagination. In Silent Grove, Seika draws you into her paintings, as she breathes life into each stroke of the tree branch, making each painting grow differently with the white of purity. She displays superior creative ability in her use of blending the most dramatic colors in oil paint with undertones of flashing silver leaf backgrounds, all crafted on natural art boards. She uses oil, acrylic, water color, varieties of ink including alcohol ink and sumi-ink to discover the beauty of each medium and express it in her own way.


Seika's delicate lines, arresting color palette, and graphic execution is now displayed all over the world with several private collectors and galleries in the United States, Canada, England, Germany, Tokyo, and Dubai.




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