Ayane Kurai paints from the soul, rendering her subjects into soft abstraction. Painting is the most accurate form of her self expression. Marrying physical and mental she is able to emote with the world through her art. Ayane uses all senses available to her when working, combining all aspects of her subject to create a work that most accurately embodies everything about it. To her, “subject matter is like a diary. The more she expresses the reality of the subject, the more abstracted it gets.”
Ayane Kurai is a New York-based artist who works primarily with oil on canvas. Originally from Japan, where she attended Musashino Art University in Tokyo, Ayane had been living and working in New York City for over 30 years. As an abstract painter, her use of bold colors in viscous strokes reflects the humanity she finds, and is inspired by, in her every day life.
Ayane exhibited her works in solo shows in Tokyo, Nagoya, Hyogo and New York. Her work was also featured prominently at the Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Brazil and many group shows. Ayane is the recipient of The Joan Mitchel Foundation Grand Award (1999) and the Art Olympia in Tokyo, First-round Winner Award (2015).