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Betty Kano

Asian American, b. 1944
Betty Kano (born in 1944) is a Japanese painter whose artworks explore spiritual identity and political consciousness. Additionally, Kano is a curator, a lecturer at both San Francisco State University and the New College of California, and teaches conversational Japanese at the Sakura Kai senior center in El Cerrito, California. She is known for her colorful abstract paintings.

Born in Japan, Kano moved with her family to the United States as a child. She attended San Francisco State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in painting, and went on to complete her Master of Fine Arts in 1978 at the University of California Berkeley where she now serves on the board of Japanese American Women Alumnae. Kano is the co-founder of the Asian American Women Artists Association, Art Against Apartheid, and Women of Color Camp, and additionally serves on the board of the Japanese American National Library in San Francisco, California.

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