I was attracted to painting from childhood and started oil painting when I was teenage.
Around that time I was told my Grandfather (whom had pass away before I was born) was a Japanese paint brush artist.
My painting stopped during busy years of working, raising two children with my husband and taking care of my mother, who has since passed away. But now with time on hand, I have started to paint again and feel the sprit of my Grandfather is pushing and supporting my renewed journey into world of oil painting.
Michiko Sakai is a graduate of Asagaya Art School in Tokyo, Japan.
She worked on Cloisonné art works (an ancient technique for decorating objects with color held in place or separated by copper strips, forming cells or cloisonné, each of which holds a single color or enamel paste which is then fired, and ground and polished to finish) at Hirabayashi Shippo company in Tokyo.
She lived over 30 years in Southern California then moved to the Bay area in 2012 to be closer to her children. She now lives in Benicia with her husband, dog and cat.