New Metallic Paintings by Miya Ando (plus a giveaway)


For hundreds of years the alchemists toiled away in their secret labs concocting chemicals and pigments they hoped would turn metal to gold. But for Miya Ando, the New York-based artist who’s a descendant of Bizen sword makers, she’s found her own way to make metals shine.


Using a combination of heat, sandpaper, grinders and acid, Ando “paints” her metallic canvases by “irrevocably altering the material’s chemical properties.” Ando’s new series, phenomenon, builds on her past work of producing light-reflecting gradients on metal but adds an element of interaction: the surfaces appear to change based on light and movement of the viewer.


Miya Ando Exhibition



In addition, Ando is also presenting a new series titled kintsugi. Inspired by Japan’s ancient craft of repairing broken ceramics using gold lacquer, Ando has turned her shou-sugi-ban, a charred wood often used as an exterior building material, into a canvas. Delicate gold kintsugi lined the cracks of the charred wood, as if gold light was emanating from the structure.

Ando’s solo exhibition The Nature of Perception is on display at Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Chelsea, New York through July 1, 2016.

Miya Ando Exhibition


We have 3 copies of Miya Ando’s latest portfolio book to giveaway. And each comes with an insert of her gorgeous business card made from skeleton leaves of a Bodhi tree. The giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere. Here’s how you can win a copy:

  1. Leave a comment below
  2. Have a look at our studio visit we did, and check out our shop where we sell Ando’s tetsu to kinu scarf
  3. We’ll choose 3 random winners at the end of the week on Saturday, June 18th
  4. That’s it!


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MA-portfolio-book (2)


  1. You are my go to blog for Japanese art.
    Great job.. Rock on !!

  2. Extremely nice and inspiring works, I wish I could visit her exhibition in Brooklyn. ! Will be waiting for the next one in Tokyo !

  3. Love her work!

  4. Inspiring stuff, such delicateness.

  5. Patrick O'Loughlin

    June 12, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    This looks really nice, and inspires me. Knowledge of the original material is as important as knowledge of what you are manipulating it with. It all starts with composing the original alloy. But also, during the process, it’s necessary to listen to what the work has to say about itself, and to respond to it’s needs. Accidents are often as important as intentional results.

  6. That second piece is amazing! Thanks for doing the studio visits series, I’ve enjoyed all of them immensely.

  7. Alar Maesarapu

    June 13, 2016 at 12:33 am

    Awesome idea and very good workmanship! Perfect!

  8. The kintsugi pieces are so beautiful. Very creative take on a traditional practice.

  9. Such gorgeous work.

  10. Love her work!

  11. I remember her work from your studio visit! Thanks for sharing all these beautiful treasure on your blog, really make my day!

  12. Beautiful work!

  13. These are just gorgeous!

  14. Intriguing textures contrasting charred wood & metal – will watch for UK exhibitions

  15. Oh wow, her work is amazing!!

  16. So beautiful!

  17. Stealthflower

    June 13, 2016 at 4:42 am

    Such lovely work – using the principles of the material itself to make art.

  18. Such a cool method to this.

  19. Miya Ando’s work is truly genius and inspirational, her versatile approach using different mediums like the use ephemeral leaves to symbolize boats for her ethereal 24 hour installation as a homage to the thousands of refugees who crossed by boat to Puerto Rico in 2012; Her technique to dye metals inspired by Japanese indigo-dying process aizome and the combining of two techniques that of kintsugi (Japanese: golden joinery) and shou sugi ban (the Traditional Japanese Art of Charred Cedar) for her last installations make her one of kind in the artistic community. Worth a mention is the commissioned by the 9/11 London Project to commemorate the attack on the World Trade Center towers.

  20. Interesting way to create a metallic look.

  21. Absolutely stunning work with metal. I’m 73 and am still evolving – from Colonial style to contemporary. Electric Blue was my favorite color and
    now I enjoy shades of teal and turquoise. I have been to the Sequoia Nat. Forest and appreciate the various shades of the woods to work with. You are a very talented woman and wish you much success. Look at as
    you will appreciate the intense colors used. Richard was my neighbor and passed over 2 years ago. I miss his wild expressions of our world. I do enjoy your
    work and look forward to seeing more.

  22. I really like the small bits from her studio, especially the piece of paper with “rights” on it. I also love how she answered your son’s questions, not only with words but also with drawings. And the scarf is lovely – way too expensive for me but lovely nevertheless!

  23. Andrea Vicencio

    June 13, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Hadn’t heard of her before but this is amazing. I would love to have a sample of her work here in my desk for constant inspiration.

  24. This is fantastic work! I’m excited to check out her exhibit!

  25. Most of the upper works look like the ocean. I wonder whether that’s even more true in real since the reflective properties are somewhat similar.. so beautiful.

  26. Zane Thea Kong

    June 13, 2016 at 11:54 am

    thank you for introducing Miya Ando to me!

  27. wonderful art – Bravo!

  28. They’re so beautiful and serene.

  29. John Rosenblad

    June 13, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Simply beautiful!

  30. Lovely.

  31. I especially love the charred wood with kintsugi cracks. Fabulous texture.

  32. Christine Montgomery

    June 13, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    I love kintsugi!

  33. I would love to use her art as a jumping off point for my students in Japanese class!

  34. How wabi sabi!

  35. Beautiful concept and execution by Maya! Love Spoon and Tamago for introducing me to amazing art and ideas.

  36. Miya Ando’s new body of work has an incredibly soothing feel to it. Some of paintings strongly reminds me of Hiroshi Sugimoto’s seascape photographs. How she rendered the metals is quite avant-garde and delicate in my opinion.

  37. Looks beautiful. Would have loved to see it in person.
    Love your blog, takes me to great places in Tokyo.

  38. Her work looks beautiful on screen – it must be spectacular in real life so I hope she has an exhibition in the U.K soon

  39. Christopher Sainty

    June 14, 2016 at 3:24 am

    Fantasy art work!

  40. Miya’s work is so fantastic. Such a sweet gal!!!

  41. 美しいもの。Bravo à elle! Grazie per il tuo S&T. And read you soon…

  42. Very nice. I like everything Miya Ando makes…

  43. Count me in 😀 !

  44. Beautiful, I’d love to see them first hand!

  45. Miya Ando is my favorite contemporary artist!!! She and her works are absolutely beautiful. Maybe it’s because I’m half Japanese myself, but looking at her pieces make me feel connected to home. The instill a sense of bewonderment and magic. I’ve seen her works at Sundaram Tagore before, and they are magnificent. Someday when I’m a professional art historian, I want to write a book about her. What an interesting person, such talent and skill. <3

  46. Looks amazing! I really need to travel to Japan 🙂

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