Miya Ando

“In my work, I create quiet, abstract, meditative environments. Ultimately I am interested in the study of subtraction to the point of purity, simplicity and refinement.” – Miya Ando 美夜  安籐

Miya Ando’s metal canvases and sculpture articulate themes of contradiction and juxtaposition of ideas. The foundation of her practice involves transforming surfaces.  Half Japanese & half Russian-American, Ando is a descendant of Bizen sword makers and was raised in a Buddhist temple in Japan among sword smiths and Buddhist priests in a temple in Okayama, Japan and in coastal Northern California. She has continued her 16th generation Japanese sword smithing and Buddhist lineage by applying traditional techniques of her ancestry to combine metals, reflectivity and light in her transcendent paintings and sculpture.

In 2011, Miya completed a 30-foot tall steel sculpture 9/11 memorial sculpture in London commemorating the World Trade Center events. Ando’s work is has been exhibited extensively throughout the world, including a recent show curated by Guggenheim curator Nat Trotman. Public commissions also include projects in South Korea, London, New York and California.

Ando attended Yale University to study Buddhist iconography and imagery and she apprenticed at the master metal smith Hattori Studio in Japan. She is the recipient of many awards, including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2012 and her work appears in many important public and private collections. Among her public commissions is most notably a thirty-foot tall commemorative sculpture in London built from World Trade Center steel to mark the ten-year anniversary of 9/11.

Other awards include the Thanatopolis Special Artist Award, Public Outdoor Commission Winner and Puffin Foundation Grant winner. She received her Bachelor of Science Magna Cum Laude in East Asian Studies at UC Berkeley and continued her studies at Yale University, in addition to serving as an apprentice to a master metal smith in Japan.