Misako Inaoka is a Japanese mixed-media visual artist currently living and working in her birth city of Kyoto, Japan. Inaoka studied fine arts in both the United States and Italy, having received her BFA in 2001 from RISD in Providence, Rhode Island, her MFA in 2006 from Mills College , and spent a year in Rome studying with the European Honors Program.
Inaoka’s mixed-media sculptures center around the relationship between the natural world and the artificial, taking form in her own versions of unrecognizable creatures and landscapes. Inaoka’s work is informed by the peculiarities of nature and manufactured structures fusing together, such as tree branches intertwining with a chain link fence or wild animals thriving in man-made parks.
Inaoka has shown at many museums internationally and at many notable Bay Area museums including the De Young and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.