Wakana Kimura

I use visual communication to express unification and individuality. I start with a mark and continue to build on it as an expression. Each mark has its own unique identity, and each mark interacts with another mark in its own unique way. All of the marks together represent an individual conceptual structure. It is only when I complete the piece that I am able to attach a verbal word to enable communication. I use art as a medium to openly communicate the individual differences among us. Ideally, there is a ripple effect. As with drops of rain in a pond, each drop forms a concentric circle that joins with another concentric circle, and this intertwining has a larger effect. Each individual marks I create enables communication and creates conversation.

- Wakana Kimura




Wakana (Wakachū) Kimura, born in Shizuoka Japan. Received Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Tokyo University of the Arts in Oil Painting and Master of Fine Arts from the Otis College of Arts and Design in California. Kimura has commissioned to paint the City of Inglewood for the LA Metro Through the Eyes of Artists. She has been practicing art under Hirokazu (Kaizan) Kosaka, Koyasan Buddhist priest and the United States Artist Fellow. Kimura is one of the 12 official City of Los Angeles Muralist. Kimura has exhibited her work at the Union Station Los Angeles, Pomona College Museum of Art, Baldwin Wallace Museum, Koyasan Beikoku Betsuin, Wilshire Blvd Temple, Japan Foundation Los Angeles, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Brand Library Art Center, LA Artcore, Angeles Gate Culture Center, and Maui Art Center. Presently, Kimura has been commissioned Nehanzu painting from the Zenshuji Temple in Art District and Robertson Recreation Center Imassive Mural from the City of Los Angeles.  



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