Kiho (Kiyomi) Isoda
Kiho’s distinctive painting style is a combination of abstract forms and concrete images that makes liberal use of vibrant colors full of exuberance and images evoking sense of motion, establishing a new world of “Kiho Art.” While Kiho’s paintings begin with the basic motif of forests, lakes, and flowers in nature, the brilliant green and the burning orange found in her works suggest exceptionally energetic emotions. Among the reactions by those who have encountered Kiho Art is that her works generate a sense of energy and hope.
Her inspiration for painting can be traced back to her childhood when she was introduced to works by Maurice Utrillo. She began her formal training at Musashino Art University in Tokyo, Japan. After several years as the director of a private school in Yokohama, she traveled to the United States and graduated from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Kiho has won a number of awards in both the United States and Japan and has come to be recognized as one of the most exciting artists in Japan. Combining her background in painting and flower arrangement to her many years of teaching, she has created works which appeal to a wide range of art lovers in both countries.
In its inaugural Japanese Edition, the prestigious French art magazine Univers Des Arts chose Kiho as one of the outstanding new artists of Japan. Her work titled “Radiant Yokohama” has been chosen for its November 2003 issue.
During her visits to the United States, Kiho energetically promoted cultural exchange and international good will by speaking publicly at such institutions as elementary and middle schools, colleges, and nursing homes.
Kiho’s activities transcend beyond the art studio, as she serves as a board member of the Center for the Prevention of Urban Disasters, as a member of the Kamakura Chapter of UNESCO, as a panelist in public symposia, and as an adjunct professor at Asano College of Engineering.
Her contribution to international relations is exemplified by a charity exhibition held in Yokohama in 2000, to aid the victims of the Taiwan earthquakes. In 2002, she held a successful charity exhibition to help the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York. In 2003, she sponsored another Kiho Art exhibition to aid the literacy project which is managed by the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan.