Maya Mekira

ArtistMaya MekiraResidesJapan
Websitemayamekira.comMediumStone powder clay
Brooklyn Art Cave
Brooklyn, NY. USA

410 Gallery
Fukuoka, Japan

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About the artist

Maya Mekira is a contemporary artist working in four mediums: sculpture, painting, manga style and illustrations drawing, and sculptural painting. She always tries to create works that give the viewer the impression that they are breathing.

Maya was born in Nagasaki, Japan, and grew up in Tokyo.​ Her mother was a picture book collector.
The little Maya, who couldn’t read the word yet opened the picture book and watched the pictures. There were also many pop-up books. It was her first encounter with art. She loved being in nature. She has loved flowers, insects, animals and other familiar creatures since she was a child and she called them friends. Her imagination grew because of her relationship with those creatures.

It was her childhood experience that laid the foundation for the worldview that created Maya’s fantasy art. Her mother had a hobby of making small clowns out of clay and making, and handwritten picture books. The little Maya had a visual mastery of those techniques.

​Her mother wasn’t just creative; she was alcoholic and mentally ill. She has taken care of her mother and younger brothers since she was a child. Her mother hated her being valued in the arts field at school and opposed or broke her dream of becoming an artist.  She became free when her mother died. She started making art works and entered in various publicly sponsored exhibitions in Japan and group exhibitions abroad. 

Maya Mekira gained attention because she was self-taught artist, so she used unique materials and new arts and crafts techniques. Her art works were sold in group exhibitions and received many prizes. Her collected works were exhibited in galleries in Tokyo and chosen for the special exhibitions.  Furthermore, her artworks have appeared in the Swiss, Japan and France. 

​Now she lives in a place full of nature surrounded by mountains. A belief that “Every living thing has a story to tell and feelings to convey” is the basis of the world view from which her wonderland art is made. She is researching ways to convey the stories she envisions to people through her works.

Artwork Themes & Subject Matter

If you imagine that even just one leaf that has fallen under our feet has emotions, the world we live in begins to overflow with stories. Maya Mekira’s art reflects her ideology that all living things in this world have emotions and that all stories are from emotions. She creates works that explore and tell the stories that surround us.

Maya’s inspiration comes from her past experiences and the natural life of all living things. She is impressed and captivated by the way of life that nature shows me. In her creative process, she’s particular about the handworks, using eco-friendly materials wherever possible. By doing so, we will raise people’s awareness of consideration for the environment and bring about an affinity with nature and people in the artwork itself.

Her goal as an artist is to create work that encourages people to find emotions and stories, regardless of the type of creature. It is Maya’s hope that her art will act as a catalyst to change for people’s awareness of others and their perception of the natural environment, And she hope that it will help to raise interest in life on earth.

Her sculpture “Emotional Balloon”, she considers, our emotions are like balloons. They would expand slightly, fully, all at once, or little by little… Sometimes it cracks due to some kind of stimulus, and sometimes it shrinks and disappears over time. Sometimes they soar high and lively, or they may float somewhere in the heart next to unforgettable memories.

She creates sculptures that express emotions by reflecting human-like facial expressions on balloons. The inspiration for emotional balloons comes from people’s expressions and voices in various situations. Maya continues to be fascinated by the emotions that form the source of facial expressions and voices. And her belief that all stories are born from emotion and that emotions add colorful to life inspires me to develop a variety of balloons. During the creation process, materials are brought home from surplus wood waiting to be incinerated at lumber factories. 

Maya care for the earth by choosing materials that have minimal impact on the natural environment. Emotional Balloon Project, which started in 2019. Her final goal is to lead people to a dimension where they can continue to respect each other’s hearts, feel joy and love, and celebrate the beauty of emotions, regardless of the type of person or creature.


Maya Mekira’s sculptures have been featured in notable magazines including Spotlight Magazine, Switzerland Magazine, and Japan Magazine.




Special Awards, Dynamic Contemporary Artist Exhibition, The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan

Excellence Award, Dynamic Contemporary Artist Exhibition 11th in Fukuoka Asian Art Museum. Fukuoka, Japan

Artistic Excellence Award, Circle Foundation for the Arts. Greece.


Artistic Excellence Award, Circle Foundation for the Arts. Greece.


Honourable Mention Award, Circle Foundation for the Arts of the Year Award, France.

Selected Solo Exhibitions


“Secret Garden”, 410 Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan

“Emotion Wonderland”, MDP Gallery Kamukara, Kamakura, Japan


“Become a fantasy breath”, ARTIFACT Gallery, New York, NY. United States

Selected Group Exhibitions


“Tribeca Art Show”, E-gallery, Tribeca, New York. United States

“Dynamic Contemporary Artist Exhibition 12th”, The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan

“Dynamic Contemporary Artist Exhibition 11th”, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan


“Nuansa Rupa International contemporary art exhibition”, Gastro Market Bandung Grand Central, Jakarta, Indonesia


XIIIth Florence Biennale 2021“, Fortezza da Basso ,Florence, Italy


“ART BLEND”, Gallery Swiss Art Space, Lausanne, Switzerland


​”International Art Exhibition in Venice -Venetian Summer”, Historical Center Dorsoduro,  Larkina Gallery, Venice, Italy

“Art & Emotion 2 Presented by Gabriel Fine Arts”, Gallery Shapero Modern, London

“Unity in Variety X, Presented by Gabriel Fine Arts”, Gallery Shapero Modern, London.

“Christmas Fair”, Gabriel Fine Arts, London

“8th Discover the one Japanese Art 2019 in Abu Dhabi”, Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi

“ESTATE VENEZIANA”, Larkina gallery, Venice, Italy

“Unity in Variety X, Presented by Gabriel Fine Arts”, Gallery Shapero Modern, London


“ARTIsm3160”, Anita Carpelloni Gallery, Venice, Italy


“Art Fusion 2015”, Jadite Galleries, New York, NY. United States

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