Maria Tanikawa was born and grew up in Tokyo, Japan. After obtaining a BFA at Tama Art University in Japanese Painting Fine Arts in 2005, moved to New York City 2007. Currently based in Brooklyn, New York.
Her artwork is based on NIHONGA method. Primarily, She works with sumi-ink, dry pigments and metal leaf (gold, silver, copper and aluminum). Even when working with a two-dimensional work, striving to create rich textures, reflection and space by using many layers of ink, metal leaf and pigment thus allowing her to capture the feeling of a three-dimensional piece. As a result of this process of layering materials. Another important aspect in her artwork is the composition of metal which creates shifting colors. The fact that metal can change color on its own as time goes by compliments the theme of her work.
2007-2010 National Academy, New York
2005 Tama Art University, BFA: Japanese Painting
2001-2005 Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan, Majoring in Japanese Painting
2009.6 CASA MUSEO BENVENUTO CELLINI (goldsmith and sculpture), Toscana, Italy
2008.7 Edwin Austin Abbey Mural workshop 2008, NY
2007.7 School of Visual Arts Summer Residency Programs, NY
2009.12 Honor Prize, National Academy
2009.6 Bacchieles Scholarship, National Academy
2009.6 CASA MUSEO BENVENUTO CELLINI, Toscana, Italy, Travel scholarship, NEWINGTON CROPSEY FOUNDATION
2008.7 Edwin Austin Abbey Memorial Fund For MURAL PAINTING IN AMERICA
GROUP SHOWS, SOLO SHOW in the US, JAPAN