Maya Florence Brittain Sakuma is of Japanese and American parentage and is a contemporary artist. Born and raised in the heart of Rome, Italy, she was surrounded by an artistically inclined family from the very start. Her international background and early diversified education gave her the possibility to live multiple cultures in her youth, now profoundly embedded in her. Her passion for the arts has lead her to study music at the Rome conservatory, traditional japanese dance and shodo (the art of calligraphy) in Fukushima, Japan, and to earn a degree in Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology of Chicago. Professionally she has worked in Rome, Chicago, and New York and has designed lighting environments for restaurants, hotels, clubs, and sculptures. In her works the fascination for the elegance of the imperfect, the impermanent, the incomplete, are evident. A rich support created from the juxtaposition of various non traditional materials (cement, felt, resin, rice paper, newspaper), are the canvas on which she tells her stories.
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