Kathy Fujii-Oka

Bob Hsiang, Photographer

I was born in Berkeley and received my Fine Art degree from UC Berkeley with high honors. A painter and mixed media installation artist, I create from my heart and produce unique and inspiring pieces of art touched by human emotion.

Master artists from the past inspire me. I have extensively studied artists such as Gustav Klimt, Jackson Pollack and Pierre Bonnard. Other artists I greatly admire from my Japanese upbringing are Katsushika Hokusai and Ando Hiroshige. I am drawn to their use of colors, textures and compositions, and you will see their influence in my art.

Over the years, my body of work has evolved from my earlier abstracts of ocean and landscapes to forms infused with Japanese culture and spirituality. I continue to expand on my spiritual process through my practice of meditation, which assists me to make art that heals.

Now residing in Oakland, I am a full time artist with my art studio in San Francisco. My work has been exhibited throughout the San Francisco bay area as well as New York City. When not working, I enjoy quality time with family and friends, nature walks, yoga and practicing the Japanese healing art of Reiki.

“For me to make art, I must be profoundly moved by an experience or thought. I share life stories through my work. My studio is my sanctuary to make art, free of outside influences and judgment of others. Being in a place that feels safe is important to me. My inner world is feminine; I select specific colors to evoke a feeling or luscious fabrics to create a veil, like a soft shield of protection. From that point, there is a pouring out of emotions where I expose my personal life’s journey. This vital process is the vehicle that helps to promote healing within and it is why I continue to make art.” ​