Anisa Asakawa was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1987. Asakawa graduated with a BFA in Fine Art from Washington University in St. Louis. As the daughter of a Malaysian botanist and a Texan forester, Anisa’s identity is defined by a multiracial/multicultural experience and a reverence for Mother Nature.
She specializes in vibrant, expressionistic landscapes, figurative paintings, and multimedia sculptures. Anisa’s tropical color sense, influenced by a Hawaiian childhood, and her love for Mother Nature’s raw energy, are signature to her creative practice. A worldly upbringing, constant travel, and living overseas as a child, infused her memory with scenes ranging from coastal mountains and midwest prairies, to tropical jungles and mountainous skies. To this day, Anisa still craves escapes into nature where there’s no sign of human civilization in order to feel at one with Mother Nature herself. She now lives & works in Portland, Oregon with her husband Nick, and their two young children
“My artistic practice starts with abstraction via free-flowing colors and slowly transitions into landscape or figurative paintings. I approach 3D materials in a similar way when making botanical sculptures. Mother Nature’s spiritual energy and how we are connected to it is the focus of my creative practice. Auras, Chi, the Force, Energy Vortexes: these are all names for this universal energy that I am trying to express in my paintings. I strive to leave enough realism on the canvas to give the viewer a familiar entry point allowing them to imagine themselves in the painting with this divine energy around them. Applying meditative brushstrokes, using vibrant colors, and embellishing the canvas serve as my act of spiritual devotion to Mother Nature. By straddling the lines between abstract and representation, realism and fantasy, stillness and movement, I aim to reinvigorate the viewer and bring an element of contemporary whimsy & mysticism to these traditional art subjects.”