Paper-cut artist Hiromi Mizugai moved to Jacksonville, Florida, in 2004 from her hometown of Kyoto, Japan. Hiromi began drawing at a young age, and by her teen years she had already developed a style of her own. With no formal art training, Hiromi has developed a unique homegrown artistic voice that combines traditional Japanese visual art forms with the super-modernity now found in all of Japan’s biggest cities. Her work references the Edo Period Japanese woodblock prints (moku hanga), which has had a major influence on the artist’s practice.
Hiromi’s three-dimensional cut paper pieces are the result of a multistep process which produces an art that is at once amusingly lighthearted and startlingly alive. Her pieces are physically engaging, and Hiromi’s pieces are best appreciated when viewed in person.