Katya Swafford
カティヤ スワフォード

Katya Swafford's vibrant paintings are like beautiful mystical flowers in bloom.

Katya Swafford's paintings radiate with feelings of joy, hope and compassionate love. The artist fuses liquid lines with luminous transparent colors in abstract-figurative forms to create a sense of buoyant spirituality, and loving sensuality. Influenced by the natural light-filled environment of her native California and the rich visual traditions of Kyoto, Katya creates work that is inspired and original. The paintings are at the same time both joyful and poignant. They are magical expressions of a resilient faith in life, and are uplifting to look at.

カティヤ スワフォードの鮮やかな絵は、美しく咲く神秘的な花のようである。


Katya Swafford was born in California in 1950. As a child, she was deeply influenced by her actress grandmother's devotion to gardening and portrait painting. As a young woman, Katya travelled, studied and worked in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. On the way to a master's degree from the University of California at Berkeley in anthropology, she first came to Kyoto in 1979 for one year to marry. A few years later, after completing her master's degree, she gave birth to two wonderful babies in 1982 and 1984. This experience of creating new life was profound, and inspired her to leave her studies in anthropology, and devote herself to painting. She attended California College of Arts and Crafts for three years before returning to Kyoto to set up a studio in 1988. The artist is currently residing, teaching, painting, and holding exhibitions in the city she loves, Kyoto.

カティヤ スワフォードは、1950年カリフォルニアで生まれ、幼い頃、女優でもあり、ガーデニングを愛し肖像画を描く祖母より深い影響を受けた。20代の頃、ヨーロッパ、中近東、アジア諸国に遊学し、現地で仕事にも就いた。カリフォルニア大学バークレー校大学院では人類学を専攻し、在学中の1979年に結婚を機に、初めて京都を訪れ1年間滞在した。その後、修士の学位を取得し、1982年と1984年に子供を授かった。新しい生命を創造したという経験は、カティヤに大きな影響を与え、人類学の研究から去り、絵に専念することを決心させた。そして、カリフォルニア芸術工芸大学で3年間研鑽を積み、1988年京都にアトリエを構えた。以来、京都市で創作活動を続け、毎年開催される個展にて作品を発表し続けている。