• Mariko Ando
  • About this artist
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Mariko Ando

Mirako AndoMariko was born and raised in Osaka and Nara Japan.

She has had over 25 years experience as a freelance illustrator, including seven years working as an illustrator for a magazine publishing company. In 1999 moved from Japan to Vancouver, Canada where she works as a sketch artist for television and film commercial sets as well as creating her fine art etchings and other freelance work.

Mariko’s Prints have a storybook character about them. Animals take on the personalities of humans . . there is sometimes an Alice in Wonderland distortion of scale . .  and inanimate objects have traits of living creatures. She captures the essence of childhood fairytales and storybooks rife with monsters, malevolent tricksters or jealous step sisters that threaten the well being of the innocent.

Mariko’s works are in private collections throughout Canada, USA, Japan and Australia.

“I loved pen and ink drawings. Intaglio printmaking is very similar, but you’re able to create many more interesting details that you couldn’t draw by pen. I’ve always been attracted to the more “raw” feel of prints created by traditional techniques. There’s a conversation between beautiful paper and the ink and the etched plate.”

 

2015

  • Exhibition at Holloway Gallery in Qld Australia
  • Exhibition “Deep into the Woods” at Visual Space Gallery in Vancouver, Canada
  • Exhibition Contemporary Japanese Printmakers in Davidson Galleries in Seattle

 

2014

  • Exhibition “WONDERLAND” at City Scape Community Art Space, Vancouver, Canada
  • Exhibition “8th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition” at Confederation Gallery & Dundrave Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (exhibition toured to UBC Okanagan, SNAP gallery in Alberta
  • Exhibit at CBBAG Book Art Fair , Vancouver Public Library
  • Exhibition VISUAL SPACE Gallery in Vancouver
  • Exhibition at January Gallery the 14th Moon in Osaka, Japan

 

2013

  • Exhibition at Davidson Galleries in Seattle, USA
  • Exhibtion “We Love Sendak” Tribute Exhibition for Maurice Sendak with 50 artists from Italy, Spain & Japan
  • Exhibition at Kyoda Creation Gallery in Osaka, Japan
  • Exhibit in Toronto Art Expo 2013 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • Two Artists Exhibition at Gallery Monokoto in Osaka, Japan

 

2012

  • Exhibition at Visual Space in Vancouver, Canada
  • Selected Exhibition “7th Biennial International Miniature Print
  • Exhibition” at Federation Gallery in Vancouver, Canada
  • Exhibition at Arts on Atlantic Gallery in Alberta, Canada
  • Exhibition “Bara Daisuki – Love Roses Exhibition” at Itami city Art Craft centre in Osaka, Japan
  • Exhibition “Visual Mosaic” at Visual Space in Vancouver, Canada

 

2010

  • Exhibition at the Sun Life Plaza in Calgary, Canada … November
  • Group Show “Chinese Children’s Fund Rising Exhibition” at OMEGA gallery in Vancouver, Canada
  • Exhibition“Mariko Ando Rabbit Series” at Arts On Atrantic Gallery in Calgary, Alberta Canada
  • Curated Exhibition “Alice in Wonderland Event” at Art in Atrantic in Calgary, Alberta Canada
  • Exhibition “Rabbit Gravity Osaka” at Manifesto Gallery in Osaka, Japan
  • Touring Exhibition in UK – Selected Print “7th British International Miniature Print Exhibition”(UK)
  • Published illustration in water color “The Elves And the Shoemaker” Children’s Book by ECC ESL School in Japan

 

2009

  • Group Show at OMEGA gallery in Vancouver, Canada
  • Exhibition “The Red Dot Affair” at Maple Ridge Art gallery in Maple Ridge, Canada
  • “Wayzgoose” hand bound book event at the Vancouver Public Library
  • 3rd Prize at “Open Print Show” Federation Gallery in Vancouver, Canada
  • Selected Print “6th British International Miniature Print Exhibition”(UK)
  • Solo exhibition “Rabbit Gravity” at Eastwood Onley Gallery in Vancouver, Canada
  • Published illustration(etching print) “Two Lovers On A Bench” the hand bound book and Broadside “Mad Tea Party” with hand letter press & binding studio Heavenly Monkey publisher.

 

2008

  • Exhibition “Fundaful Circus Show” at The 14th moon Gallery in Osaka, Japan
  • Selected Exhibition “PRINT PARALLELS” at City Scape Gallery in Vancouver, Canada
  • Exhibition “5th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition” Vancouver, Canada

 

2007

  • Exhibition “Artist’s Chess Exhibition” at GALERIE CENTINNIAL in Osaka, Japan
  • Published Illustration (water colour) Children’s book “a Crash of Rhinos, a Party of Jays”, ”Cheetah Cubs and Beetle Grubs” by Annick Press, Canada

 

2006

  • Exhibition “4th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition” in Vancouver, Canada
  • Selected Print “5th British International Miniature Print Exhibition”(UK)
  • Exhibition “30×30: New Directions in Printmaking ” at Burnaby Art Gallery in Burnaby, Canada

 

2005

  • Honorable Mention (3rd) in “international Mini Print competition in Rosario, Argentina

 

2004

  • Honorable Mention (3rd) “Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition in Vancouver, Canada

 

2003

  • Semi finalist “Kodansha (Japanese Publisher) Picture Book Competition” in Tokyo, Japan
  • Graduated from Capilano College in Canada in Animation and Visual Effects Program

 

2002

  • Became a member of Malaspina Printmakers Society /Studio on Granville Island in Vancouver, Canada

 

1998

  • Special Prize “Artex Contemporary Art Show” in Osaka, Japan

 

1989

  • Purchased Prints “Graduation Show” at Shukugawa Gakuin College
  • Graduated Shukugawa Gakuin College (Hyogo, Japan) in Visual Design & Illustration course – Obtained a teacher’s license