Born in Nagano, Japan in 1984, Komatsu graduated from the Joshibi College of Art and Design in Tokyo in 2004 and won the Best Design Award in the following year. Her highly acclaimed copperplate engraving work “ The Fourty- nineth day ” debuted in 2005, her outstanding technique and style amazed the viewers, since then embarked her journey as an artist. Her early works have delicate lines, colors are either in black or white, with subject mostly involves life and death, her artistic style is rather dim and gloomy. Her subsequent trip to New York set her mind determined to paint unique works with brush, so she destroyed the original copperplate of “ The Fourty- nineth day ”, forcing herself to move on to the next stage and start making new creations without being attached to the past. In 2012, she held a solo exhibition at the Kitano Art Museum Annex in Nagano. In 2013, she was selected as one of the 39 Nominees in L`exposition du Prix Canson, the Special Exhibition at the Petit Palais Museum in Paris. She re-examined the relationship between god and mankind, evolved from life and death to prayer, depicting the warm energy exerted from the guardian beast with bright and vivid colors. In 2014, she held another solo exhibition “Miwa Komatsu” at the Ueda City Art Museum in Nagano and dedicated her painting “Shin-Fudoki” to the Izumo Grand Shrine in Shimane. In 2015, her Arita-porcelain made “Guardian Lion Dogs: Heaven and Earth” was exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, which won the Golden Award and later became the permanent display at the British Museum, this made her being the youngest living artist, whose work is ever collected by this worldwide known museum. In the following year, her work was also exhibited at the World Trade Center in New York. Her solo exhibition at Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho in 2017 attracted up to a record number of 30,000 visitors.
Miwa KOMATSU 小松美羽