about me

Miho Takai was born and educated in Tokyo before coming to the United States to study art at the National Academy of Art and The Art Students League of New York. She currently lives in Brooklyn and spends her time transferring her interpretation of this dynamic city onto canvas and into sculptures.

Ms Takai creates a series of striking paintings depicting life in New York City, capturing portraits of ordinary people in everyday situations with fresh infusions of color.

Hailing from Tokyo, another big city, she has studied and contrasted the differences through her works. She believes that New York has a unique set of values and priorities with starker differences in racial and economic makeups whereas Japan is a more homogeneous society. "Where there is brighter light, the shadows are darker."

As we dig deeper, we find that this big city of bright lights is neither bright nor big, that despite the glitz and the flash, underneath or even next to it can be homelessness or addiction. This paradox in Miho Takai's use of bright colors with sometimes depressing subjects is what makes New York interesting.

By seeing beauty in the mundane, Ms Takai celebrates the city she has called home for the last dozen years and it is what makes the American Dream - a dream.

Professional Membership

Award Received

International Association of Art

The Salmagundi Club

The International Sculpture Center

Asian Society of Arts

Margery Soroka Memorial Award

Salmagundi Club Exhibition Honorable Mention

Connecticut Pastel Society Honor Award

Manhattan Arts International "Award of Excellence"

The Patrick Brady Award

The Ogden Pleissner Scholarship

National Academy School of Fine ArtsCertificate of Merit
(Second Prize in Sculpture)

National Academy School of Fine ArtsCertificate of Merit
(Honorable Mention in Sculpture)

The Syms Scholarship Award

The Valerie Delacorte Scholarship Award

The Albert Hallgarten Travel Scholarship

National Academy School of Fine Arts Distinction in Figure Award

The Henfield Foundation Scholarship Award

Newington, Cropsey Foundation Traveling Scholarship in Italy

The Inga Denton Scholarship Awad

The Gladys Blum Memorial Scholarship Award

The Col. Michel Jacobs Scholarship Award





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Brooklyn, NY 11222

1-12-8-1003 Kaminarimon

Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0034








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