Haruka Sasaki
Artist/
Painter

Haruka Sasaki

Painter

Bio

“Expression is my dedication; a refl¬ection of the spiritual journey of life. Find the unseen, trans-forming things to the visible. I am transmitting. I am talking to your heart with my expressions.” Haruka was born and raised in Nagano, Japan where she was surrounded by large expanses of nature. This upbringing is the root of her intuitive emotional approach. Her spiritual awareness is informed by Buddhist philosophy, Shinto traditions, and a belief in spirits residing in nature (Nature spirits). These spiritual matters are integral to the culture of daily life in Japan and are communicated in the family, community, and the environment. From the age of twelve to fifteen, Haruka participated in the traditional performance of Mikomai, a sacred dance performance dedicated to the Shinto gods, during her region’s rituals and festivals. Later, she began to paint, inspired by the world’s ancient cultures and mythologies. In 2011, she moved to Berlin, Germany. Haruka works to honor the Japanese sense of color and balance and expresses a powerful, sensitive feminine force with her brush stroke. By using a “living line” in her paintings, she strives to capture the pure energy of life and create a connection with the primitive self. Be-cause she believes all living things—even inanimate materials—have their own gods and spirits, she pays respect to the invisible with her art. Since 2017, she has been collaborating with musicians on improvisational live performances of Sumie painting and touring in Europe. Her movements with the brush or fan during her performance shake the air, and the sound elements speak to the spirits.

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