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About

I'm Nami! I'm an artist based in the DC-Metro area. My drawings and paintings play with everyday absurdities, womanhood, and the lack thereof. People have described my art as "trippy," "unsettling," "nihilistic," and "very upsetting to my friend Daniel."

I was born to Okinawan parents in California, was raised in Florida and Virginia, and now work in Washington DC. I went to the Corcoran College of Art + Design, where I got a Bachelor of Fine Art in Fine Art in 2012.

I've shown work throughout the DC-Metro area and have been featured in the comics anthologies Sad and on the Internet and UNCANNY VALLEY - ARCHIVE 001. My first professionally-published comic book is scheduled to come out in 2022.

I publish a weekly newsletter called "Drawing Letters," where I reveal the stories behind my art pieces. You can read and subscribe to it here.

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Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

 

Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, D.C.

  • BFA Fine Art, 2012

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  

Artist in Residence, Life Pieces To Masterpieces, Washington, D.C.

April 2018 – Present

  • Develops and executes art curricula for Black boys of ages 7-10 from DC's Wards 7 and 8

  • Designs successful lines of sold-out clothing products

  • Interfaces with local artists to arrange art education sessions for boys of ages 3-14

  • Arranges exhibitions of the organization’s artwork throughout the DC-Metro area

 

Art Teacher, Life Pieces To Masterpieces, Washington, D.C.

July 2013 – August 2016

  • Created and executed lesson plans implementing art program objectives for boys of ages 3-14

  • Created comprehensive infographics and tutorials of art techniques for young artists

 

EXHIBITIONS & PUBLICATIONS

 

  • Flower Bunny (comic book – writer and artist), Holiday House

      2022

 

  • UNCANNY VALLEY – ARCHIVE 001 (comics anthology - artist)

      2021     

 

  • Courage on Canvas (group exhibition), Pepco Edison Place Gallery, Washington, DC

      2014

 

  • Sad and on the Internet (comics anthology – writer and artist)

      2013

 

  • Crème de la Corcoran (group exhibition), Area 405, Baltimore, MD

      2012

 

  • 15-Passenger Van (group exhibition), Monsterrat House, Washington, DC

      2012

 

  • NEXT (group exhibition), Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

      2012

 

  • Mona Lisa Tears (group exhibition), Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, DC

      2012

 

  • FOCUS (group exhibition), Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, DC

      2011