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I am a yonsei artist from the Los Angeles area. This is a collection of some of my paintings. In my artwork, I explore my identity through cultural and historical images.

- Vicky K. Murakami-Tsuda

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I am an American

This painting will always hold great significance for me. It was completed as an assignment for a painting class. We were to collage black and white images and paint it choosing our own colors. I chose two photos taken during the evacuation of Japanese Americans during WWII. The colors were ...

I am an American
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Origami Tsuru (Orizuru)

This was the very first oil painting I ever completed. The assignment was to paint a still-life of our own composition. I found a box of old orizuru that my sister and I had folded as children and used glued them onto a board for my subject.

Origami Tsuru (Orizuru)
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Tsuru

The original is a 30" x 40" oil painting on canvas completed in 1994. I've used tsuru pretty often in my artwork. I like the symbolism and beauty of the Japanese cranes.

Tsuru
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Daruma

In 1999, I was given the opportunity to present my paintings at a small cafe in Little Tokyo. In preparation, I completed several new pieces as well as finished up some older ones. This is one of the newer paintings executed in acrylics on canvas.

Daruma
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Kazoku (Four Generations)

The original painting was done in acrylic paints on canvas completed in 1999. The four mobile 'dolls' represent four generations of my family along my maternal side - from my Issei great-grandmother to me.

Kazoku (Four Generations)
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Kaeru

This was another one of the paintings I did at the same time in 1999. I was inspired by a kaeru (frog) metal windchime, but did the painting from imagination. I wasn't entirely happy with it, but I did have fun with the blades of grass along the river bank.

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Kaeru
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Check Nikkei—A Self Portrait

I was asked by my friend Ryan Suda to do a painting for a gallery show that he was pulling together in celebration of the 20th anniversary of his business, Blacklava. Artists were asked to create pieces inspired by his t-shirt designs. I chose to do one based ...

Check Nikkei—A Self Portrait
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vkm — Atualizado em Jun 30 2015 7:50 p.m.


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