Introduction / Biography
Taiko Fujimura is a mixed media artist based in San Francisco. Currently, she is focusing on painting with watercolor, ink, acrylic, and oil on a variety of surfaces. Taiko selects materials that link her inner self with the outside world, creating an extended montage of her personal experiences, connections and relationships with both people and objects.
Her use of colors is often vivid and evokes her emotional responses to objects and non-objects. Her pieces confront the dichotomies between chaos and order, industrial and organic, mind and body, positive and negative, logical and random, and intuitive and sequential. She feels an understanding of dualism is key to her art. Her pieces seek to bridge the contradictions around us where two opposites co-exist through unifying space. The concepts she explores include peacefulness, harmony, unity, and universality.
Taiko's work is strongly influenced by Japanese wabi-sabi and Japanese calligraphy, which she has studied since the age of six. Between 1999 and 2001, she studied fine arts at the San Francisco Art Institute and graphic design at the California College of the Arts with scholarships and awards. Her works have appeared in exhibitions including the de Young Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco. She has also shown internationally at the Hirafuku Museum of Art and the Denshokan Museum in Akita, Japan.
Her recent achievements include a mural at the Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco in 2018, a painted large heart for the “Hearts Around Hartz” Project in Danville in 2020, and a painted large heart for the Grand Foundation in Tracy, CA in 2021. She also successfully completed painting three mini-hearts for the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation's “Hearts in SF" Project in 2018, 2019 and 2022.