Poet and painter, Hiromi Watanabe creates work that is about healing and fantasy.
Hiromi Watanabe is a contemporary artist from Tokyo, Japan who graduated from the KWANSEI GAKUIN University. She has received the 6th Star Birth Grand Prix for "Hiro Yamagata Process" and was a Finalist in the 2021 CFA Contest for Exhbition at Spectrum Brooklyn with World Wide Art. In 2021, Hiromi also received a Finalist Award at the 47th International Artavita online Art Contest. She has shown work internationally including fourteen solo shows and four shows overseas. Also a published poem, Hiromi is the writer of "Thank you for being born" and her poerty collection "Songs spelled out in feelings for that person" is available at ePhoenix.co. Hiromi has published nine books.
A recurring theme in Hiromi paintings is the "smile" and for her it represents painful experiences of the past. The artist has suffered from Myasthenia gravis (MG) and has faced death. It also has to do with the bitter memories of school days that she was not allowed to express. It was a very painful experience and she seems to have been desperate to live in the future. After treatment and rehabilitation, Hiromi has been able to think positively and create art that provides healing: "If it helps someone who has a hard time like me."
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist