In discussing her paintings, Kyoko Takei emphasizes the Japanese concept of “Ma” or “negative space.” “I am not interested in rendering everyday objects, rather in exploring through abstract color the energy and ‘streams of consciousness’ between objects.”
Takei’s background is in architecture, interior design, and photography. Born in rural Japan in 1967, Ms. Takei began painting as a child. She attended art college in Tokyo, where she worked for eight years as a professional architect, designer, and photographer. She moved to New York in 1992 and studied at the School of Visual Arts and the National Academy of Design.
Ms. Takei has exhibited her paintings at the National Academy School of Fine Arts, the Coark Gallery, and the School of Visual Arts. She has had solo exhibitions at the Modus Vivendi Gallery and the Kodama Gallery, both in New York.