Miki Nagano

Ridgewood, NJ



Born in Japan, Miki studied printmaking at Tama Art University in Tokyo, Philadelphia College of Art, Pratt Graphic Center and Printmaking Workshop in NYC. She currently lives and works in New Jersey. Though her work is centered in the areas of NYC and Philadelphia, she has shown her pieces at exhibitions in the USA and Japan.

Using multiple plates, she explores layers of color. Each layer is carefully placed, allowing the impression of light to emerge through negative spaces and fissures. Using scenes from nature as inspiration, she makes images that resemble the way water and air and trees and ice capture light. Each work is a distillation of surroundings and sensations. On a warm muggy day, she creates portals beneath azure ocean waves. On a cold night, she creates intimate projections of trees. Instilled with playfulness, chaos, and restraint, her pieces depict blooms and lakes of her time.

Her etchings and monotypes are in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, The Library of Congress, The World Bank, The New York Public Library, Free Library of Philadelphia, Newark Public Library, among others. She received the 1982 Jerome Foundation Award at the Printmaking Workshop, New York.

Morning Frost, monotype, 30″ x 22″
Blue Grotto, monotype, 30″ x 22″
Bright Sunshine, monotype, 18″ x 16″