AKIKO SUGIYAMA

Bio    
Florida mixed media artist, Akiko Sugiyama makes a deliberate effort to form multitudes of hand-colored and hand-cut paper pieces into subtle designs that are meant to convey the more enduring human aspects of life. Japanese children’s stories and folk tales, heard in her early years, diffuse in larger works that reflect personal experiences and views of our contemporary society.
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AKIKO  SUGIYAMA Waiting

Waiting
- Mixed media
15 x 11 x 4 in
$ 920.00


AKIKO  SUGIYAMA Waiting
Waiting
Mixed media  
15 x 11 x 4 in
$ 920
AKIKO  SUGIYAMA Blooms Out of Birdhouse
Blooms Out of Birdhouse
Mixed media  
16 x 16 x 6 in
$1,800
AKIKO  SUGIYAMA Forest Seed Pod Hut
Forest Seed Pod Hut
Mixed media  
15 x 11 x 4 in
$1,800
AKIKO  SUGIYAMA Turning Point
Turning Point
Mixed media  
16 x 16 x 6 in
$2,400
AKIKO  SUGIYAMA Blue Pods and Seeds
Blue Pods and Seeds
Mixed media  
16 x 16 x 6 in
Sold
AKIKO  SUGIYAMA Early Formation
Early Formation
Mixed media  
24 x 24 x 7 in
Sold
AKIKO  SUGIYAMA Exuberant Seeds
Exuberant Seeds
Mixed media  
20 x 16 x 5 in
Sold
AKIKO  SUGIYAMA Four Balls of Silver Parade
Four Balls of Silver Parade
Mixed media  
20 x 16 x 5 in
Sold
AKIKO  SUGIYAMA Great Yellow Bloom
Great Yellow Bloom
Mixed media  
12 x 12 x 6 in
Sold
AKIKO  SUGIYAMA Little Leap
Little Leap
Mixed media  
18 x 8 x 4 in
Sold
AKIKO  SUGIYAMA Little Touch of Silver II
Little Touch of Silver II
Mixed media  
12 x 12 x 6 in
Sold
AKIKO  SUGIYAMA Little Touch of Silver III
Little Touch of Silver III
Mixed media  
12 x 12 x 6 in
Sold
AKIKO  SUGIYAMA Purple Seed Pod House
Purple Seed Pod House
Mixed media  
8 x 18 x 9 in
Sold
AKIKO  SUGIYAMA Silverlined Blanket Offering
Silverlined Blanket Offering
Mixed media  
15 x 11 x 4 in
Sold
AKIKO  SUGIYAMA Three Seed Pods
Three Seed Pods
Mixed media  
18 x 8 x 4 in
Sold
AKIKO  SUGIYAMA Wishful Note
Wishful Note
Mixed media  
18 x 8 x 4 in
Sold

AKIKO  SUGIYAMA

AKIKO SUGIYAMA

AKIKO SUGIYAMA Statement

“A plain flat sheet of paper is the starting point for expressing my mood or satisfying a sculptural urge,” notes Akiko Sugiyama. It is easy to see the creative energy of her mind and richness of her talent when looking at her exquisite paper collages.

Sugiyama’s work is a blend of Eastern and Western esthetics. She graduated from the Women’s College of Fine Arts in Tokyo with a BA in Oil Painting, where she concentrated on European art and techniques. However, her Asian heritage remained a major creative factor in her work.

The materials and detail in her work are a study in perfection, both delicate and spiritual. Yet the expressiveness of the work can be Western. “The Japanese influence on my work is unavoidable since I was born and raised in that culture. Today I allow my works to be honest to myself, including my early influences, particularly Japanese children’s tales that I heard in my early years of life. These former fantasies and feelings thus impart a flavor to many present day experiences in the United States,” notes Sugiyama.

Working with rice or parchment paper, she paints it and then rolls, folds, cones, curls, crushes, pierces, cuts or rends it into compositions that reveal the artistic aspects of paper. She explores both the cultural and artistic aesthetics in her collages, giving us a rich body of work.

Sugiyama has exhibited at Philadelphia Museum of Art (PA), The Morikami Museum (FL), Atlanta International Museum of Art and Design (GA), Georgia Museum of Art, Orlando Museum of Art (FL) Deland Museum of Art (FL) and the Tampa Museum of Art (FL).

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