Emi Motokawa's creations are inspired by spiritualism. She likes to take universal Buddhist concepts and interpret it through her modern, figurative style.  Many of the characters she paints have big eyes because the eyes are the window to the soul.  Through her creations, she hopes will tickle your soul. 


Emi was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Los Angeles at the age of seven.  In 1995, she attended a Buddhist seminary in Tokyo and it was then when she first desired to translate Buddhist ideas into images.  She has also crocheted several 3 foot Kokeshi dolls that were featured at the Japanese American National Museum.  Most recently Emi won Metro's poster contest, "Through the Eyes of the Artist," for the City of Monterey Park.  The posters can be seen inside Metro rail and buses running throughout Los Angeles County.


Selected shows

2017 Semiotic Sutras, Kaleidoscope Kollective


2017 Celestial Mosaic, solo show, Avenue 50 Studio


2016  Buddha Nature, Art of Emi Motokawa solo show, Hsi Lai Temple Fo Guang Yuan Gallery


2016  Metro:  Through the Eyes of the Artist


2013  Laluzapalooza Jury Winner Show, La Luz de Jesus Gallery


2011  31st Black Doll Show, William Grant Still Art Center


2011  Five Elements/One World, L.A. Municipal Art Gallery


2009  Kokeshi:  From Folk Art to Art Toy Show, Japanese American National Museum


2008  The Hive Gallery​


PRESS

Brooklyn & Boyle

Metro

Japanese American Museum

LAist

Project NewSpeak

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Artist ​​Emi Motokawa  ​AKA Emi M.

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