Poet and painter, Hiromi Watanabe creates work that is about healing and fantasy. Recently, in 2023, Hiromi has discovered joy in sketching the performances and daily live broadcasts of musicians she has met through exhibiting her paintings at live houses.
Hiromi Watanabe creates work that is about healing and fantasy. From Tokyo, Japan, Hiromi is a contemporary artist and graduate of 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 Exhibition at Spectrum Art Fair, 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 poet, Hiromi is the author of the poetry collection "Songs spelled out in feelings for that person" including the poem "Thank you for being born," available at ePhoenix.co. In 2022, her art book titled "Watercolor Croquis Draw with Free Colors," was published by NextPublishing Authors Press.
A recurring theme in her paintings is the "smile," which, for her, 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 when she was not allowed to express her feelings. 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."
In 2023, Hiromi illustrated a third picture book, "A Rose Tree's Story" (written by Makomo Eyama, published by Nicomo). In addition to publishing three picture books with illustrations, Hiromi is involved in a total of 15 books featuring illustrations and poems.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist