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Maya Mekira was born in Tokyo in 1978.

Her mother was a picture book collector.
The little Maya, who couldn't read the word yet, opened the picture book and watched the pictures.

There was also a many pop-up book.

It was her first encounter with art.

She loved being in nature.

She has loved flowers, insects, animals and other familiar creatures since she was a child.

And she called them friends.
Her imagination grew because of her relationship with those creatures.

It was her childhood experience that laid the foundation for the worldview that created Mayamekira's fantasy art.

Her mother had a hobby of making small clowns out of clay and making, and handwritten picture books.

The little Maya had a visual mastery of those techniques.

Her mother wasn't just creative, she was alcoholic and mentally ill. She has taken care of her mother and younger brothers since she was a child.

Her mother hated her being valued in the arts field at school and opposed or broke her dream of

becoming an artist.  She became free when her mother died.

She started making art works and entered in various publicly sponsored exhibitions in Japan and

group exhibitions abroad. 

She gained attention because she was self taught artist,

so she used unique materials and new arts and crafts techniques. 

Her art works were sold in group exhibitions and received many prizes. 

Her collected works were exhibited in galleries in Tokyo and chosen for the special exhibitions. 

 

Furthermore, her art works has appeared in the Swiss art magazine “rivierant” and the Japanese art magazine “Window of Art” in full color printing. 

Now she lives in a place full of nature surrounded by mountains. 

 

A belief that "every living thing has a story to tell and feelings to convey" is the basis of the world view from which her fantasy art is made.

In recent years she has been studying expressive methods of combining clay and resin into single art pieces.

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