Ayano Ohmi



In this exhibition, I am presenting a new way to depict my signature form, totemic figures, through drawings in charcoal on rice paper and sculptures in clay. Clay and charcoal are natural materials; they combine with the complementary elements of water and fire. And much like the tactile character of clay, charcoal responds to and stimulates my creative impulse on paper. It informs the basic, yet physical and energetic process – give and take – with my finger movements.

Space on paper becomes activated by the interaction of forms, lines and textures within the enveloping positive/negative areas. Various architectural structures and nature patterns influence my own geometric composition. By incorporating lunar effects into my three dimensional expression in white clay, a new series of claywork, titled Illumine, is created.

The indigenous landscape and the traditional and ceremonial practices I have encountered on many continents for two decades have continued to stir my inspiration. When traveling, I learn about and interact with the native people; I hear their stories. I learn from the artists and craftspeople. My practice of observing their skillful hand-power and their soulful connection to nature confirms the expense of spiritual loss in this highly technological era. Their ways of incorporating the signs, symbols and landscape of their cultural experience deeply influence my way of seeing, conceptualizing and art making.

Ayano Ohmi
Born in Tokyo, Japan
Live and Work in NYC


1998MFA, City College of New York (CCNY), Major in Sculpture

Solo Exhibitions:

2014Sculpture and Drawing, Sacred Meetings, Chateau de Vixouze, Polminhac, France
2011Sculpture, Maiden Lane Exhibition Space, New York, NY
2011Sculpture, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
2006The Art of the Tree, Totems in Garden, Mariani’s Garden Market, Armonk, NY
2005El Kiai Del Silencio. Galerias Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
2004IRADAC Gallery, The Office of the President, The City College of New York, NY
2002Studio D’ars, Milan, Italy
2002Museo de Casa de Asia, Old Havana, Cuba
2002Danny Simmons’ Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
2001Barbara Greene Fine Art, New York 2000 Stephen Gang Gallery, New York

Group Exhibitions:

2013Cocobolo Ceramics Art & Design, New York, NY
2013Architecture Digest Show – Cocobolo Ceramics Art & Design, New York, NY
2012Watershed’s Kiln God Exhibition, Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
2012Architectural Digest Home Design Show, Pier 94. New York, NY
2011Friends&Fire Mates, curated by Nina Hole, Grimmerhus Ceramic Museum, Denmark
2011Organic Experience, Green Art of Kittery, Maine
2009Shimmering, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
2009Endangered, Gloria Kennedy Gallery, Dumbo-Brooklyn, NY
2008All Fired Up, Maxwell Fine Arts, Peekskill, New York
2008Shigaraki Outdoor Exhibition, Shigaraki, Japan
2007III Int’l Biennial of Contemporary Ceramics, San Nicolas, Buenos Aires Argentina
2006Objects and UTSUWA by Ohmi and Hayashi, Do.w.Powwow Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2005S.O.F.A. Art Fair. Presented by G.R.N’namdi Gallery, Navy Pier, Chicago. IL
2004Summer Exhibition: Sculptures by A. Ohmi; G.R.N’Namdi Gallery, Detroit, MI
2003Memory & Place, The 1st CCNY Biennial Exhibition, New York
2002International Ceramic Triennial, Museum of Modern Art, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
2001Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea, Citta di Firenze, Florence, Italy

Grants and Awards:

2013Kohila International Ceramic Symposium – invitation – Tallinn, Estonia
2013Projects in Ceramics Course by Professor Judith Schwartz, Steinhardt, New York University, NY
2010Kiln God Award, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine, USA
2009Guldagergaard, Skaelskor, Denmark
2008Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shigaraki, Japan
2007II SaNsA Int’l Art Workshop, Kokrobite Institute, Ghana
2007VIII Shimposio de Ceramica, Instituto Municipal de Ceramica de Avellaneda, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2005Fellowship for Solo Exhibition at Punta Cana Art Gallery, Fundacion Igneri, Dom. Republic
2004Art OMI International Arts Center, NY
2003Pollock Krasner Foundation Inc. New York, NY 2003 PREMIO – Elit-tile
2003PREMIO – Elit-tile 2003, II Trienal de Mosaico Ceramico, Museo del Arte, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic


2014Sacred Meetings, Galerie A l’Ecu de France, Viroflay, France
2013Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine, USA
2012La Ceiba Grafica, Coatepec, Xalapa, Mexico
2011Trilobite Project, Artist-in-Residence, Cuernavaca, Mexico
2010Zentrum fur Keramik, Artist-in-Residence, Berlin, Germany
2006Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shigaraki, Japan
2001Altos de Chavon Cultural Center Foundation, Artist in Residence, Dominican Republic


2007Lecture, Kokrobite Institute, Ghana
2007Lecture Series, “My work from 1995 to Present”, Instituto Municipal de Ceramica de Avellaneda, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2005Art Forum Lecture Series, “Creating Stand-Alone Sculpture”, Montclair State Univ. NJ
2003Lecture Series, “Installation Technique”, Valley School, The Krishnamurthi Foundation, India


Architectural Digest pg 201, September, 2013, USA
Sculpture Magazine Goodman, Jonathan, November 2011, USA
Ceramics Monthly Contents pg8 – Exposure pg22. March 2011, USA
Shukan New York Seikatsu No.338 February 2011, USA
Daily Guide, Owusu, George Clifford, 22 November 2007, Ghana
La Ciudad 31 de mayo 2007, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ceramics TECHNICAL magazine Miller, Jeannette, No.19, 2004-5 – Cover Photo, Australia
OPUS HABANA Senra, Rafael Lopez, Oficina del Historiador de la Ciudad. VI, No. 3, 2002, Cuba
Corriere dell’Arte Venuti, Silvia, Milan, December 2002, Italy
American Ceramic Magazine Preston, George Nelson, 14/1, 2002, USA
VENTANA De Tolentino, Marianne, Santo Domingo, 19 de Agosto 2001, Dominican Republic


The Francis J. Greenburger Collection, New York, USA
Guldagergaard, Skaelskor, Denmark
SaNsA Association, Kumasi, Ghana
G.R.N’Namdi gallery, Detroit, MI, USA
Institute Municipal de Ceramica de Avellaneda, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Shigaraki Ceramic Center and Park, Shigaraki, Japan
Fundacion Igneri, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Art OMI, New York, USA
The Krishnamurti Foundation India, The Valley School, Bangalore, India
Casa de Asia de la Oficina del Historiador, Havana, Cuba
Barbara Greene Gallery, New York, USA
Danny Simmons’ Corridor Gallery, New York, USA
Museum of Art and Origin, New York, USA
Sony Corporation of America, New York, USA
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, Brunswick, NJ, USA
Various private collections in the United States, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Cuba, India and Japan