Acrylic Dreams – Sakai Reiko

Born on 6 June at 6 o’clock, Sakai Reiko came into this world under the mark of the beast. The Japanese artist displayed a natural talent for art—specifically calligraphy and painting—at a young age, likely influenced by both her pianist mother and her grandmother’s craft skills. In recent exhibitions, body painting and live painting have drawn great interest to the artist, but she is still best known for her works in acrylic which are being featured in New York’s Agora Gallery.

Sakai Reiko - Dragon

Sakai Reiko - Dragon

Agora’s “Matrix Of The Mind” exhibit—which features Reiko alongside more than a dozen other contemporary, Japanese artists— attempts to match the modern and the timeless with their varied, unique contributions to the gallery, chosen for their illustration of the natural world and the spiritual mind. Reiko describes her spiritual journey on canvas to Agora:

I began to draw when I was very young, usually abstract pictures. When I was older I became a graphic designer and free-lance illustrator, but I soon came to understand that that was not enough for me. I knew that I would not find fulfilment [sic] by doing anything other than actually painting, and set out on a journey of self-discovery to find what I was looking for. The result is that I have learned that I want to aim at something in my art, to speak to the viewer and convey to them my feelings. My experience in design and illustration has helped me with this, but the most important factor is my determination and my love of art.

Sakai Reiko - Fireworks

Sakai Reiko - Fireworks

More of Reiko’s work can be seen on Agora’s website. “Matrix Of The Mind” runs until 19 March 2010.

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