"In my work, I create quiet, abstract, meditative environments. Ultimately I am interested in the study of subtraction to the point of purity, simplicity and refinement." Miya Ando’s metal canvases and sculpture articulate themes of contradiction and juxtaposition of ideas. The foundation of her practice is transformation of surfaces. Half Japanese & half Russian-American, Ando is a descendant of Bizen sword makers and was raised in a Buddhist temple in Japan and in coastal Northern California. She has continued her 16th generation Japanese sword smithing and Buddhist lineage by combining metals, reflectivity and light in her transcendent paintings and sculpture. Ando’s work is has been exhibited extensively throughout the world, and her work appears in many important public and private collections.
"The Japanese and Russian artist Miya Ando is the genius behind this glorious site-specification installation that lasted just one day on a tranquil Puerto Rican pond in 2012. Comprised of 1,000 floating bioluminescent leaves that appear clear during the day and radiate a soft blue glow at night…"