A blog about abundance in life through art.

As an artist, I believe art gives you energy and allows you to see things from multiple perspectives and provides inspiration in your life. This blog is for my personal daily thoughts and the creative process that forms my mixed media creations, printmaking and photography. I will share what inspires and motivates me and the creative angles I am led towards. In that, I will reveal concepts, techniques, and even mistakes. This is Misako OBA sharing flowing thoughts.

My hope is to reflect diversity of thought and experience.

Who is Misako OBA?

Visual Artist (Mixed media painting, in which she often incorporates text and encaustic. Photography. Printmaking). Author of artbooks (monograph: her text in English and Japanese) and Editor/Writer.

Born and raised in Japan, Misako OBA studied photography and other media in a U.S. graduate program and completed additional studies in France and Japan.  Her artworks have been exhibited at galleries and art fairs internationally such as in Germany, France, Belgium, and Japan and throughout the U.S., including prestigious AIPAD Shows in New York, Photo l.a., and Salon d’Automne in Paris.  She often travels internationally. 

Her creations are held in private, corporate, and public collections.  Her art has been honored with several awards including First Prize in The Pollux Awards/ The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards.  In 2017, she was selected as a visual artist for Brush Creek Foundation of the Arts Artist-in-Residency and spent her summer creating a series of encaustic mixed-media works.

Misako’s body of work explores human life as a journey, and is a metaphor for our lives. It is a deep examination of her soul and an exploration of universal experiences. Contrasting darkness and light. Depicting the beauty of life with its transient nature. 

She also enjoys an artist talk and did lectures to the MFA students, professors and general public at universities such as State University in New York as well as at other places in Seattle, South Korea and Japan. 

Her art career was initially launched specializing in photography, exploring themes employing traditional chemical process such as gelatin silver prints and toning. However, her professional repertoire has since expanded to mixed media painting, in which she often incorporates text, encaustic, and her own photographic images in compositions relevant to each series’ overall concept.

Recent publication includes Nippon Shashin Nenkan 2018, published in Tokyo. Her encaustic work was included in the book, “Encaustic Revelation,” published by North Light Book in the U.S. Oba’s limited editioned monograph (artbook: fine art photography and some mixed-media works with poem-like text in bilingual in English/Japanese “FAUSTUS” was published in Japan, and became available internationally including galleries and the Museum bookstore in the Centre Pompidou in France and other part of Europe and at notable bookstores such as Dashwood Books in New York among others for collectors.


+[FAUSTUS]          About / Order (US) / Order (Internationally)
+[PACTUM] 〜 Contract with the Angel 〜
+[The Gift of Loss]        (Premium luster paper option)


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