Ms. Morikawa is a distinguished fine arts painter who has worked under the representation of the respected New York City gallery, Ashok Jain Gallery since 2008.
Ms. Morikawa’s works have been prominently exhibited globally, in Japan, Europe and the United States. Being academically trained at the National Academy School of Fine Arts in New York City, her background in academic anatomical studies and visual perception is complemented by a focus on the importance of individual expression in the making of art.
Ms. Morikawa is a prolific artist having held many solo and group exhibitions internationally over the past 17 years. The major galleries and museums where she has exhibited her art works include: The Blue Box Gallery (Aichi, Japan), M’s Gallery (Wakayama, Japan), Gallery Storks (Tokyo, Japan), Atelier Mu:min art space (NYC), Hpgrp Gallery (NYC), Jain Marunouchi Gallery (NYC), Vital (NYC), Gallery Junshin Do (Tochigi, Japan), Galerie Konoha (Tokyo, Japan), Maison D’Art (Osaka, Japan), Puzzle Project (Osaka, Japan), Puzzle Project (Paris, France), Batocho Hiroshige Museum (Tochigi, Japan), Nasu-Kogen Museum (Tochigi, Japan).
In the past couple years, Ms. Morikawa also directed and curated “SAIKORO ART SHOW” in New York, a show organized for the improvement of the art scene in New York City. In 2015, Ms. Morikawa joined as independent curator for the annual art exhibition "Fusion East West" which she organizes with West Harlem Art Fund - this is one of the official art & design events of "NYCxDesign", a citywide project hosted by New York City during Frieze Art Fair week. Last year’s rendition of this iconic event (May 5-8, 2016) featured Ms. Morikawa’s new work, the solo exhibit “Kanon- New York Landscape Series” at Ashok Jain gallery in New York, with the exhibit then traveling to Japan’s M’s Gallery, Wakayama and The Blue Box Gallery, Aichi Prefecture in 2016-2017; as part of this event, Ms. Morikawa’s "Namida=Summer Tear Drops" 2016 was also exhibited at UR Gallery New York City. Furthermore, Sai Morikawa's painting "Akafuji NEON 2016" (image of a red mountain celebrating and predicting future world peace and happiness) was featured on the cover of a single page 2016 calendar poster created by Japanese non-profit organization “Dessart” and distributed nationally in Japan.
Ms. Morikawa has also won prestigious awards including: The Second Prize in the Abstract Painting Competition in June 2008; the First Prize in the Painting Competition in June 2006, and Honorable Mention in the Drawing Competition in June 2007, all of them issued by the National Academy School of Fine Arts in New York City.
Ms. Morikawa’s work is characterized by its dynamic color brush strokes, influenced by the Abstract Expressionists. She paints mostly from direct observation; creating a seamless relationship between color and shape is very important to her.
Her art works are the result of her radical amazement at the beauty of the visual world and her need to turn that experience into paint. She has said of her approach:
“I am very interested in nature, point of view and also people in New York. The moment I see the scenery, my priority is the feeling that a painting suggests. I paint from emotion as the most specific and authentic thing that I can express in a work of art. Color is very important and essential to my work. Color as feeling and a tool for setting the rhythm of a painting, as sound, melody set the rhythm of music. I am concerned about the quality of the materials that will touch the senses to find the rhythm for a painting. I aim to project not only romantic and sentimental emotions but a reflection of myself, my essence on the creations.”
As a writer of fine arts, Ms. Morikawa's writing has been regularly featured in quarterly fine arts magazine, COOL Magazine (New York City) since 2006. In the past few years, Ms. Morikawa's work was featured in prominent publications such as Tagboat Magazine Japan, NY Japion newspaper and The Ground Magazine, New York City.