Biography

Miya Ando is an American artist known for her metal paintings that encapsulate both ephemerality and permanence. A descendant of Bizen sword makers, Miya Ando spent her childhood among Buddhist priests in a temple in Okayama, Japan, and later, in California. She combines the traditional techniques of her ancestry with modern industrial technology, skillfully transforming sheets of metal into ephemeral, abstract paintings suffused with color. Working across two and three dimensions, Ando’s oeuvre contains abstract painting and sculpture, including large-scale public art pieces that reflect the transitory essence of life.

 

A practicing Buddhist, Ando imbues her work with principles of her practice, with a focus on the interconnectedness of the viewer and the artwork, and among viewers themselves. The pieces exist as conduits for human experience, bringing people together to perceive each in their own way. Ando’s practice is built on the experiential qualities of her output. Viewers are meant to move around each of her works, interacting with them from different vantage points as a way to change their perceptions with respect to light, distance and time. Drawing from these philosophical underpinnings, Ando pays acute attention to how light is expressed in space and seamlessly transfers her observations to her art.

 

Ando constantly refines her work to remove any extraneous elements until the core of the piece remains. This distillation marks her artworks as Post Minimalist, though she does not merely recreate the tenets of this movement through her paintings, objects and installations, but acts from the same sources of inspiration and creativity.

 

Blending the natural with the industrial, Ando utilizes the enduring materiality of metal with evanescent scenes of the environment. Her self-developed process of painting into the surface of the aluminum creates tranquil, mutable scenes of the atmosphere. Ando applies heat, sandpaper, grinders, acid and patinas to the metal canvases, irrevocably altering the material’s chemical properties. Her glass sculptures capture cloud formations through infinitesimal fractures within. Beauty can always be found in these fleeting, temporary moments of existence.

 

Miya Ando has a Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and attended Yale University to study Buddhist iconography and imagery. She apprenticed with the master metalsmith Hattori Studio in Japan, followed by a residency at Northern California’s Public Art Academy.


Ando’s work has been shown worldwide, including recent solo shows at the Hammond Museum, North Salem, New York, and the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art, Georgia. Her work has also been exhibited at The Noguchi Museum, New York; Katzen Arts Center, American University Museum, Washington D. C.; the de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, California, in a show curated by Nat Trotman of the Guggenheim Museum; and in an exhibition at the Queens Museum, New York. 


Ando has also produced numerous public commissions, most notably a thirty-foot-tall sculpture in London built from World Trade Center steel to mark the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, for which she was nominated for a DARC Award in Best Light Art Installation. Ando is the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, 2012.

 

Born in Los Angeles, 1973 | Lives and works in New York

The Washington Post
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The Washington Post
Asia Shapes Two Art Shows at the AU Museum April 26, 2018

East and West converge in different ways in the work of Miya Ando and Jiha Moon, two Asia-rooted female artists who have shows in adjacent galleries at the American University Museum. 

Elle Decoration
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Elle Decoration
Lumière sur la Ville October 2017

Miya Ando’s work is showcased in a chic Paris apartment designed by Laura Gonzalez.

Artsy
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Artsy
From Kusama to Turrell, 9 Artists Who Made Perfect Spaces for Meditation July 2017

Miya Ando describes her works as “studies in nothingness.” Raised partly in a secluded Buddhist temple in Okayama, Japan, she says her spiritual practice informs her exploration of simplicity and reduction.

The Gulf Today
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The Gulf Today
Drawing People Together March 2017

Writer Muhammad Yusuf reports on Sundaram Tagore Gallery from Art Dubai

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Ocula
Miya Ando at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York July 12, 2016

There is something quite surprising about Miya Ando, the latest artist to have a solo show with Sundaram Tagore Gallery in New York.

Artforum
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Artforum
Reviw: Miya Ando, Sora/Ku October 26, 2015

By brushing layers of urethane and pigment onto sheets of aluminum, Miya Ando created ninety new abstract works for an exhibition at both of Sundaram Tagore Gallery's locations, in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Artnet
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Artnet
Artist Miya Ando on Growing Up and Working Hard September 2015

The work of New York-based artist Miya Ando has been guided by strong family relationships, a deep connection to nature, and time spent living in a Buddhist temple.

Straatosphere Magazine
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Straatosphere Magazine
Miya Ando: Woman of Steel July 2014

Not quite Superwoman, but every bit a woman of steel, artist Miya Ando is best known for her metalwork in the form of anodized aluminium that is hand-dyed to achieve beautiful end results; work that is industrial and ephemeral at the same time.

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David Lynch Foundation
July 2014

The David Lynch Foundation, which supports programs that promote transcendental meditation, talks with artist Miya Ando in her New York studio.

Asian Art News
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Asian Art News
Miya Ando at Sundaram Tagore Gallery March/April 2014

It really is a wonderful feeling to step into a gallery exhibition and be immediately set at ease by the imagery and colours of the paintings on the walls. So it was with Miya Ando's work in her most recent exhibition entitled Light Metal.

The Standard
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The Standard
Steeling the show March 2014

The half-Russian, half-Japanese artist, Miya Ando, first discovered her affinity for metal in a university welding class. She attributes it to the fact that her Japanese ancestors were Bizen swordmakers over a century ago.

Art Radar Asia
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Art Radar Asia
Woman of Steel: Miya Ando’s solo debut in Hong Kong March 2014

Brooklyn-based artist Miya Ando shares the unusual combination of traditional Japanese techniques and individual innovations that went into creating her recent body of work, displayed in her first solo exhibition “Light Metal” in Hong Kong.

South China Morning Post / 48 Hours
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South China Morning Post / 48 Hours
When many layers make light work February 2014

In her solo exhibition at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Ando has a selection of her abstract paintings on burnished steel and anodised aluminium.

Wired
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Wired
Softer Metal February 2014

Half-Japanese, half-Russian/American metalsmith Miya Ando makes art through alchemy. A recent set of her wall paintings, which emit a “ghostly halo” through phosphorescent pigments painted under the dyes, will be shown at the Sundaram Tagore gallery in Hong Kong throughout February.

ARTnews
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ARTnews
To Be A Lady: review February 2014

Brooklyn-based curator Jason Andrew's global selection of paintings, photographs, films, and painted constructions set out to recast the often limiting idea of what a "lady" should be.

Hong Kong Tatler
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Hong Kong Tatler
Miya Ando at Sundaram Tagore Gallery January 2014

The up-and-coming New York-based artist exhibits new works in her first Hong Kong solo exhibition.

Tricyle Magazine
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Tricyle Magazine
The Alchemist August 2013

Tricycle Magazine profiles artist Miya Ando, who talks about her practice, her creative vision, and how her heritage informs into her work.

 

The Jewish Daily Forward
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The Jewish Daily Forward
Searching For Impermanence July 2013

Miya Ando, an artist whose solo show Impermanence recently opened at New York’s Sundaram Tagore Gallery, is a product of two worlds. The daughter of a Russian (via California) Jewish father and Japanese Buddhist mother, she grew up in a temple and didn’t learn English until she was seven years old.

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Blouin Artinfo
Miya Ando's Burnished Metals At Sundaram Tagore New York July 2013

New York-based artist Miya Ando is currently having her first solo exhibition at Sundaram Tagore Gallery in New York, showcasing her signature burnished steel and anodized aluminum works that deftly tie together abstraction, industrial fabrication, spiritual subject matter, and the lessons of American minimalism.

Newsweek
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Newsweek
Mighty MIYA June 2013

Move over, Man of Steel. There’s a new superhero in the city. Her ancestors were swordsmiths. Her mission? To embrace the alchemy of metal. To manipulate steel and aluminum into forms beyond recognition. To create deceptively simple postminimalist art.

Surface Asia
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Surface Asia
Brevity and Light March 2013

Opening on International Women’s Day, the 8 Women/8 Stories exhibit at Hong Kong’s Sundaram Tagore Gallery was conceived as an accolade to the eight female artists who contribute to the show’s interwoven narrative.

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