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Artist statement

Aia’s paintings are expressions of her inner nature.  She creates work that captivate the viewer on a physical and emotional level while quietly transporting them to a vibrant yet soothing world.

Fascinated by the visual poetry of oil paint, she creates dynamic compositions that are ethereal, expressive, gestural and musical.  Her paintings are modern interpretations of nature's wonders blended with her intimate personal journey.

Her paintings embrace varying levels of abstraction, patterns and imagery. A decade of sights and sounds absorbed while working in France and Italy emerge and then disappear, as if hidden by layers built over time. She draws inspiration from natural forms, organic lines, curves, and nature’s wondrous creations as well as the energy that moves through all living things.   

Artist bio 

Aia grew up in Mill Valley, California and studied in the East Bay and Paris. She has come full circle returning home to the San Francisco Bay Area.  

Aia’s work pulses with energy and personality as feelings dance in an entirely non-objective way, while her agility with calligraphic markings express rhythmic poetry without described reality.

Following in the footsteps of her grandfather, a noted Japanese Abstract Expressionist, Aia has moved close to forty times with eight moves on an international level.  A lifetime of uprooting and letting go of everything known ― friends, family, home, culture and all things familiar ― has had a profound effect on her life and her work.

Aia is wildly inspired by Bonnard, Matisse, Diebenkorn and Morandi and creates out of her studio in the landmark ICB in Sausalito.  


2014-2018 Post Graduate Coursework in Fine Arts at College of Marin plus new techniques courses with local Bay Area artists 

1989 Mills College, Oakland CA - B. A. in Art History and in French Language

1987 La Sorbonne Paris IV, France- Art History and French Civilization