Asako Iwasawa is a contemporary painter from Akabane, Tokyo. She graduated from Tama Art University’s Textile Design course before managing Design Studio Himiko. She later discovered a passion for kimono design and worked at the batik studio Kimono Studio Dye Laboratory. Iwasawa spent 10 years living in the countryside, indulging her love for nature. Though she returned to the city, she brought the vivid world of insects, plants, and natural beauty back with her.
In her words, “nature is full of thrills and wonders…it impresses me to no end and fuels my imagination.” Iwasawa looks beyond the physical reality of the natural world and portrays the spirit of nature in her paintings. As she treads the boundary between imagination and landscape, she challenges her viewers’ sense of place. She received an honorable mention in the 2017 Ronin | Globus Artist-in-Residence program.
"To create one's own world in any of the arts takes courage." - Georgia O'Keeffe