Miya Ando is an American artist whose painting and sculpture articulate themes of perception and ones relationship to time. The foundation of her practice is the transformation of surfaces. Half Japanese & half Russian-American, Ando is a descendant of Bizen sword makers and spent part of her childhood in a Buddhist temple in Japan as well as in the redwood forests of Santa Cruz, California. She has continued her 16th generation Japanese sword smithing and Buddhist lineage by combining metals, reflectivity and light in her luminous paintings and sculpture. In 2011 she completed a memorial sculpture for 9/11 in which she utilized a 30 foot tall piece of steel recovered from the World Trade Center Buildings. The memorial sculpture is on permanent view in front of Zaha Hadid’s Aquatic Centre in Queen Elizabeth’s Olympic Park in London. Ando’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the world, including a show curated by Guggenheim curator Nat Trotman, as well as Judith Heckler and Lilian Tone of MOMA (The Museum of Modern Art New York), the Queens Museum, the De Saisset Museum, The Bronx Museum Biennial, The Hermitage Museum, The Hammond Museum, The Attleboro Arts Museum, The Museum of Byzantine Culture, The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art , Cornell Museu, SCAD Museum of Art, The Farmington Museum and the Worcester Museum. Miya’s public commissions include projects in South Korea, Berlin, London, Tokyo, Puerto Rico, New York and California. Her work appears in many important collections and she is the recipient of the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant in 2012, the Thanatopolis Special Artist Award/ Public Outdoor Commission Winner and Puffin Foundation Grant winner. A recent critics’ picks of ARTFORUM, Ando received her Bachelor of Science Magna Cum Laude in East Asian Studies at UC Berkeley and continued her studies at Yale University, in addition to serving as an apprentice to a master metal smith in Japan. Miya’s large scale artwork “Emptiness The Sky” is featured in “Frontiers Reimagined” exhibition in the 56th Venice Biennale. Most recently she was commissioned by The Philip Johnson Glass House and her work was acquired for the permanent contemporary collection by LACMA (The Los Angele County Museum of Art).