Uraraka Matsuzawa

Uraraka grew up in the megalopolis of Tokyo, Japan. A diligent student, she completed her graduate studies at the University of Kasei before attending a 2 year training course at the Fine Arts University (Tokyo). During these studies she learned and practised diverse painting techniques, including Nihon-Ga, a traditional Japanese technique.
She quickly fell under the charm of this ancient process, which appeared well before the introduction of oil painting in Japan. The pigments used are made only locally and come from natural minerals. The pastel colours that are created are soft and are a subtle and complex reflection of Japanese identity.
Uraraka uses this technique on a particular format: Washi. This time-honoured handmade Japanese paper is characterised by the length of its fibres, its fineness, its flexibility and its strength. She is very proud to use this ancient process.
Uraraka worked this technique for a number of years before leaving to live in France for a year, where she soaked up new contemporary influences. She discovered a world of materials and bright, passionate Western colours. She met French artists and visited their studios. On meeting with them she was enriched by their processes and perspectives. She completed her technique by creating an original blend of art, both ancient and contemporary. Her approach succeeds brilliantly: a combination of the traditional and the modern.
The artist draws her inspiration from everyday life. During her stay in France, she strolled among the florists and fed on the explosion of colours and scents. Flowers became one of her preferred themes. She is also inspired by moments of daily life that she transcribes onto the canvas.
Today, Uraraka is proud to exhibit in Europe; her traditional painting springing from her roots.