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12x12 Acrylic on canvas

By Kiyoko Sakai

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Surrounding Stars

12x12 Acrylic on canvas

By Kiyoko Sakai

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Feathers in the Dark

12x12 Acrylic on canvas

By Kiyoko Sakai

Voices: I Remember

Group Show Artist: Kiyoko Sakai

Guild Hall Gallery

June 5 - November, 2021

Curated by Bibiana Huang Matheis

Color, texture, and lines are the most essential factors for me as an abstract expressionist to convey my inner voice on paper or canvas. I gain immense pleasure in mixing colors to attain what I wish to express. Colors are the most direct tool to represent my emotions.


When I was a child, the sound of the rain was my friend. So was the glow of the dew drops on the morning leaves, and the twinkling of the night stars.  I loved to gaze at the stars and wonder how the cosmos expands that unfathomable distance beyond us.


From my earliest days as an artist, my fascination with the cosmos has pulled me further into the exploration of the night sky, inspiring me and leading me toward an artistic and spiritual experience. My imagination of cosmic space soars higher into the infinite, where I witness the birth and death of stars. This space brings me closer to the understanding of that infinite realm of gods and goddesses. I am mesmerized by the ways that light and time are interconnected.


The daytime is also a part of the expanding cosmos. Between the ground and the sky, flying creatures dominate the air, revealing their own drama. I try to listen to the murmuring of the insects and butterflies in flight. I once worked on a series of paintings about a blue bird that I found him dead in my yard, and prayed for his resurrection into the sky.


As a woman, I am compelled to work on the female figure. While working on these figures, I think about the ordinary women in each era of human history. I am, however, often haunted by Eve (of Genesis), the virgin Mary, and women with supernatural powers. In my art making, I capture the feminine connection with cosmic movements.

This mysterious relationship between the female and the universe is a source of inspiration for me.

ARTISTS RECEPTION - June 5, 2021 - 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Exhibit is open during museum hours:

Wednesday - Saturday, 12 to 4pm

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Color Group



J.C.C. Fund, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York

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