Misako Inaoka, studied fine art in the United States and Italy, is currently living and working in Kyoto, Japan.


My interests arise from the delicate boundaries that exist between the natural and the artificial.  By closely observing the physical and social environment around me, I find hidden beauty and peculiarity, such as a cell towers posing as a pine tree, a flock of non-native birds, coyotes thriving in urban parks, hybrid species thriving in nature, tree branches growing through wire fence, or moss growing in a crack of cement sidewalk.  I emphasize these subtle details and exaggerate their illogicality to cultivate my own version of invented creatures and landscapes.

In our society the boundaries between what is artificial and natural, what is manipulating and manipulated, become obscured.  By inventing new hybrid species and landscapes, I am exploring the co-existence of natural and artificial forms.



2015 Nov.26th-Dec.5th Youno-kai-ten, Umeda Garo(Gallery), Osaka, JAPAN

2015 Dec.5th-2016 Jan.2nd Altered Books, Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, San Francisco, CA



BFA 2001 RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) RI, United States

MFA 2006 Mills College, CA, United States


Selected Solo Exhibition

    2015        Wild Wild Life, Dominican University, 

    2014        Fractured Fauna, Johansson Projects, Oakland, CA

    2012        Back Domain, Johansson Projects, Oakland, CA

    2012        Muted Imprints, Boca Raton Museum of Fine Art, FL

    2010         Guided Growth, Johansson Projects, Oakland, CA

 2009         Natural Selection, Galleri Urbane, Marfa/Dallas, TX

    2009        Survival Game, David Salow Gallery, Los Angels, CA

 2007        Origin of Species, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, SF, CA

 2006        Secret Nature, Blankspace, Oakland, CA

 2005        Invisible City of Moon Watching Plants, View 155, SF Arts   Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 2004        The first twenty-four hoursî ATAWindow Installation, SF, CA    

    2002        The Microfiche, The Back Room Gallery,SF, CA 

 2000        Le Onde, solo installation, Cenci Gallery, Rome, ITALY


Selected Group Exhibition

    2014        Cat Art Show LA, 101 exhibit, Los Angels, CA

    2013        Alive, Laguna Beach Museum, Laguna Beach, CA 

    2012        Matcha, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

   2012        Evolutionary Insight, Worth Ryder Gallery, US Berkeley,      

   2011         Mini Size Me, Bakersfield Museum (BMA), Bakersfield

 2011         MA2 Gallery, three person show, Tokyo, JAPAN

 2010        VOLTA, NY Art Fair, site-specific installation, NY, NY

    2009        Green, ICA San Jose, San Jose, CA

 2009        What is Isnít, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

2009        Natural Blunders, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA

2008          BAY Area Now 5, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2008        Contocore, Ping Ping Space, Guangzhou, CHINA

2008         Sol, two person show, Gallery Trex, Yatugatake, JAPAN

    2008         Birdwatch, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, ID

    2008         Homegrown, PUNCH Gallery, Seattle, WA


    2012        Gerd Koch & Carole Milton Grants, Ventura, CA

    2011       Environmental Biennale, I-park residency, East Haddam, CT

    2010        Montalvo Residency, Irvine Fellowship, Saratoga, CA

    2010         Washington Award, S & R Foundation, Washington DC

    2008        de Young Museum, Artist-in-Residency program, SF, CA

    2007         Headlands Art Center, Artist-in-Residency, Marin, CA

    2007        MacDowell Colony, Artist-in-Residency, NH

    2005        Trefethen Merit Award, Oakland, CA

    2005        Eklind Fellowship, Oakland, CA

    2005         Frank Herringer Foundation, scholarship, CA