Kiyoko Sakai’s paintings link elements of American Abstract Expressionism with the line quality of traditional Japanese art. Sakai utilizes color and abstract forms to express her imagination. In addition to using brushes, she also uses twigs, branches, and strings. Through a thermal screen-printing technique, she transfers her drawings onto canvases. Sakai follows her instinct and intuition with imagination of the territory beyond human understanding. She longs for the infinite.
Kiyoko Sakai was born and educated in Japan. After moving to the United States, Sakai took art courses at the Art Students League and the School of Visual Arts in New York. Sakai has exhibited her work internationally and throughout the United States. Her solo exhibitions include: Fujiya Gallery in Tokyo, Japan; Gallery G2 in Tokyo, Japan; Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters in New Jersey; Kanner-Kurzon Museum in New Rochelle, New York; and MyungSook Lee Gallery in New York City. Her group exhibitions include: Cultural Center of the Embassy of Japan, Mt. Fuji Exhibition in Brussels, Belgium; Newark Museum “Artists’ Night” in New Jersey; and Instituto Superiore per Industrie Artistiche in Urbino, Italy.