Nora AkinoBorn in Japan to a family of artists, I lived as a child in Japan, India, Nepal, Mexico, Canada, and the Unites States.  I have been creating art from a young age and studied drawing and painting in college with Nathan Oliveira, among others.  I began making monotypes in 2002.

While in the most obvious sense my work depicts the landscapes of where I live, what draws and holds my attention when I am outside or working in the studio is something other than the physical characteristics of a given place.  More and more, what I seek out in a place is presence.  I think of presence in the landscape as a counterpart to spirit in humans and animals - an expression of being and existence that subtly vibrates in the air around us and is, as I experience it, the breathing of the earth.  Being in place for me means becoming an extension of my surroundings energetically, so that the emanations of earth, water, and living things enter my consciousness and spark awareness.  For me, that awakening spark and the accompanying impulse to absorb and learn is the heart of the creative process and the essence of a relational stance towards the natural environment that emphasizes receiving over taking, acceptance over control.


Selected Exhibitions:


Dreams and the Imagination, Group Exhibition, Merced College Art Gallery, Merced CA

2015 & 2016:

California Society of Printmakers Annual Member Exhibition


California Society of Printmakers: CA, LA and Beyond, Juried Exhibition, Grayloft Gallery, Oakand CA


Group Exhibition, Collector Gallery, Berkeley CA



Solo Exhibition, Alta Bates Community Art Gallery, Berkeley CA


City of Berkeley Civic Art Exhibition


Proarts East Bay Open Studios, Berkeley & Oakland, CA


Impressions on Paper: Addison Street Windows, Berkeley, CA



Studio 1509, Berkeley CA - Monoprint Workshop


Stanford University, BA in English with extensive additional course work completed in Studio Art with Nathan Oliveira, Frank Lobdell and others

Public Collections / Major Commissions:


Alameda County Arts Commission - Series of works for Highland Hospital, 2015
Alameda County Art Collection
San Francisco Arts Commission, 2010 & 2014
Kaiser Permanente - Sacramento, Roseville & Vallejo campuses
Innate Chiropractic, Albany CA