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Mayumi Oda Biography

Known to many as the ‘Matisse of Japan’, Mayumi Oda has done extensive work with female goddess imagery. Born to a Buddhist family in Japan in 1941, Mayumi studied fine art and traditional Japanese fabric dyeing. In 1966, she graduated from Tokyo University of Fine Arts. Mayumi’s unique apprenticeship dyeing fabric for kimonos influences the color and composition of all of her works.

From 1969 to the present, Mayumi has exhibited over 50 one-woman shows throughout the world. Her artwork is also part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), The Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA), Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, CT), Library of Congress (Washington, DC) and many others.

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