RIO
Artist

RIO was born on May 5th,1974,in Mie -prefecture.
Her parents often took her and her three sisters to museums in Japan to show them famous and influential works of art.
RIO began Painting at 3years of age,and took art lessons with her sisters once a week.

When she was 9 years old,RIO discovered the works of Andy Warhol and was deeply moved and impressed.
The experience had a profound influence on young RIO,and ignited a passion to pursue art.

In 1985,RIO began petitioning her parents to send her to the United States to study art.
After graduating junior high school in 1993, she attended MOnte Vista Christian high school in California for 1 year to learn English, then transferred to The Cambridge School of Weston in Massachusetts to study art.

RIO was awarded a scholarship at East Coast Art College, However,she choose to attend The Academy of Art college in SanFrancisco instead in 1993.There she studied Fine Art and Fashion.

In 1995, RIO moved to the Gold Coast of Australia on a Working Holiday Visa to work as a designer for 1 year. Then, in 1996, she began work for a trading company. RIO stayed with the trading company for 2 years.

In 1998, RIO was working a variety of part-time jobs, in addition to singing in a band. During this time her passion for art was re-ignited and she began painting again.
By a lucky stroke of fate, RIO was scouted by a radio station in Osaka, and soon thereafter began work as a Disc Jockey in both Osaka and Nagoya.



EXHIBITIONS

2000 (October): joint exhibition entitled “Drops" with a doll maker at Cafe Rodeo in Osaka

2010 (February): Group exhibition entitled "HORIPRO ART in Osaka" with a calligrapher and a comic artist at IRORI MURA in Osaka

2010 (June): solo exhibition entitled "Juen delicate show" at Juen delicate in Osaka

2011 (January): solo exhibition entitled "BEATRIO sound design by Takeshi Nakatsuka" with musician and composer Mr.Takeshi Nakatsuka at KEN HAMAZAKI RED MUSIUM in Osaka

2013 (June): joint exhibition entitled "monochrome syndrome" with a doll maker at ART HOUSE in Osaka

2013 (November): solo exhibition entitled " RIO ART EXHIBITION Biodiversity" at smart ship gallery in Tokyo

2014(October):being chosen to exhibit my work at Internartional Art Festival in NY

COMMISSIONS

2014 (January): RIO designed bags, book covers, and post cards for a well-known and popular book company called Sanseido



Tokyo 151-0071
Japan


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