Visual artist Misako Oba was born and raised in Japan, currently based in Seattle, New York, and Japan, and travels often. Her artworks have been exhibited internationally such as in France, Belgium, Germany, Japan and the U.S. Oba’s works are in private and corporate collections as well as in public collection such as in Bibliotheque Nationale de France as a part of their permanent collection. Magazines and newspapers have interviewed her about her life and artwork. Received several awards including the First Prize in The Pollux Awards/ The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards in 2011. In 2010, she was awarded to “PAA Artist-in-Residency,” and spent summer in Pennsylvania to create the series of encaustic mixed-media work.
Oba’s work explores human life as a journey, and is a metaphor for our lives. It is both a deep examination of her soul and an exploration of universal experiences. In her work you will often find the contrast of darkness and light. It also depicts the beauty of life with its transient nature.
She has spent much of her career exploring these themes using photography including a traditional chemical process such as gelatin silver prints and toning. As she continues pursuing art, she has expanded to mixed-media painting, especially incorporating text, photographic images and encaustic that based on the individual concept of each series.
Her early career was in broadcasting, as a newscaster on Japanese television both in New York and in Japan. Her responsibility involved film direction and editing that first gave her an appreciation of the power of visual imagery. This experience became the basis of her visual arts career.
She studied photography and other media in a master’s program in the U.S. and did additional studies in France and Japan. In 2011, two photography books “PACTUM” and “The Gift of Loss” were published and are available as well as the original photographs.
In 2014, her monograph “FAUSTUS” (fine art photography book with some mixed-media works and a story in bilingual) is going to be published in November by Sokyusha in Japan and will be available internationally. Her encaustic work is included in the book, “Encaustic Revelation,” published by NorthLight Book in the U.S.