Ryoko Tajiri, born and raised in Japan, studied graphic design at Tama Art University in Tokyo, where she became intensely focused on studio art painting. Inspired by the Bay Area Figurative Movement, Tajiri moved to San Francisco and entered the Academy of Art University, and eventually receiving her MFA.
Tajiri’s primarily figurative work is both representative and abstract. One can easily recognize the figure or object, yet irregular geometric patterns and shapes dominate. Brightly colored backgrounds, rectangular planes, and strong contrasts evoke cubist fragmentation and a sense of depth.
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