Mio Yamato was born in 1990 in Shiga, Japan. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Kyoto University of Art in Fine art and Mixed Media, in 2013 and 2015 respectively. Upon graduation, she received the award for the excellent work from the Kyoto University of Art and Design Graduation Exhibition 2015.

A myriad of dots on monochromatic canvas is Yamato’s signature style. Through a careful repetition of individual and separated drops of paint, the images that emerge resemble the shapes of nature, such as the ridge of mountains or the shape of waves. She explores how material and form change throughout time by using constant repetition and pattern. Indeed, she is constantly seeking to understand the gradual change in essence and form with the flow of time by repeatedly painting the same pattern over and over again, yet with a progressive movement and more human approach. The artist herself described the creative process as “the continuity of points which eventually loses order, and lines before long greatly meander. In the end the image that rises to the top is a projection of the experiences of the solitary human being called ‘I’, and perhaps a record of the phenomenon called living”.

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Summer Exhibition 2022

Under 35 To Watch – PARALLEL

Summer Exhibition 2019