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Kristie Fujiyama Kosmides Kristie Fujiyama Kosmides is a fourth-generation Japanese American born in Hilo, Hawaii. Inspired by fleeting moments of life and nature, her work captures an energy that is both serene and powerful and is often composed at a grand scale. 

Kristie earned her BFA from Otis College of Art and Design, where she received the Department Chair Award. She has studied painting under Linus Chao, Alyssa Monks, and Vincent Desiderio. Kristie has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, and her commissioned work includes installations for the Honolulu International Airport, Hawaii State Capitol Building, Sheraton Maui, Hawaii Pacific Health, and Kapiolani Medical Center. 

Kristie resides in Hilo and Los Angeles and is represented by Tiffany’s Art Agency and Hawaii Contemporary Art.



ARTIST STATEMENT

 

In life, there is an energy that is constantly influencing us, felt but never seen. Through each stroke of my paint brush, I give visible expression to this hidden energy, unveiling the inner beauty of life, people and places. I love creating large-scale works in oil on linen in abstract and representational styles. Sitting in front of a stark white canvas, I feel like I am alone in the middle of the ocean – vulnerable, alive, connected. Inspiration and openness guide me as I lay down abstract strokes in my base layers, transcending forms until the painting is revealed. In this fragile, fleeting world, I seek to capture the energy and essence of these impermanent moments.  

 

EXHIBITIONS

2021- Tiffany's Art Agency at Hualalai Realty "Diving In" show

2020- Tiffany’s Art Agency “Celebration” show
2020– Tiffany's Art Agency "Tropical Abstraction" show at Hualalai Realty
2019-Hawaii Contemporary “Black and White Exhibit”
2019–Tiffany’s Art Agency "Energy of the Ocean" show2018— Tiffany’s Art Agency “Larger Than Life” Solo Show
2017 — Henderson Design Group "Summer Snorkeling" show
2017 — Four Seasons Hualalai "Exploring Abstraction" by Tiffany's Art Agency
2016 — Hawaii's Master Artist Series at Four Season's Hualalai "Warm Waters" presented by Tiffany's Art Agency
2016 — Waimea Ocean Film Festival Four Seasons Hualalai and Mauna Kea Beach Resort
2016 — Henderson Design Group, "Warm Waters", Jan 4-Feb 29
2014 — Tiffany’s Art Agency-Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Kamuela, Hawaii
2009 — “Sensory Perception,” 87zero – Honolulu, Hawaii
2009 — Hana Coast Gallery – Hana, Maui
2008 — “Energy Matters” Solo Show, Seyhoun Gallery – West Hollywood, California
2008 — Whole Nine Gallery – Culver City, California
2008 — “Art on the Avenue” Wyland Waikiki Hotel – Honolulu, Hawaii
2006 — Solo Show Seyhoun Gallery – West Hollywood, California
2004 — Otis College of Art and Design Senior Thesis Exhibition- Los Angeles, California

SELECT COMMISSIONS

2021- Hilo Farmer's Market Mural in partnership with Toyota Hawaii

2021- Hawaii Pacific Health Straub Clinic Pearlridge, Honolulu, Hawaii

2020- Pali Momi Cancer Center Honolulu, Hawaii

2020-Hawaii Pacific Health Straub Clinic and Urgent Care Kuono Marketplace, Kahala, Honolulu, Hawaii

2020-Ikaika Ohana | Kaiwahine Village | Kihei, Maui
2019— Hawaii Pacific Health | Straub Clinic Ward Village Kakaako, Honolulu, Hawaii
2019— Hawaii Pacific Health | Straub Clinic Ka Makana Alii | Kapolei, Hawaii.
2019 — North Hawaii Community Hospital, Waimea, Hawaii.
2018 — Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa, Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii
2017 — UHC Kamana Elderly Center, Hilo, Hawaii
2016 — UHC Urban Housing Development, Yucaipa, California
2015 — 740 Heinz Building, Wareham Development, Berkeley, California
2014-2015 —Urban Housing Communities UHC - Riverside Apartments Affordable Housing Project
2013 — Kyobashi Kameda Tokyo Clinic-Tokyo, Japan
2012 — Honolulu International Airport-Hawaiian Airlines International and Inter-island Terminals-Honolulu, Hawaii
2011 – Honolulu International Airport – International Terminal-Honolulu, Hawaii
2011 — Kapiolani Medical Center For Women and Children – Honolulu, Hawaii
2009 — Naniloa Volcanoes Resort – Hilo, Hawaii

EDUCATION

2015 — Workshop with Vincent Desiderio for painting
2014 — Photography workshop with Michael Kelley Nassau, Bahamas
2013 — Studio workshop from Alyssa Monks, New York, New York
2013 — Photography workshop with Christa Meola, New York, New York
1996-1999 — Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California, BFA
1994-1996 — Cornish College of Art and Design, Seattle Washington
1993-1994 — Hilo Community College, Hilo, Hawaii
1993 — Waiakea High School, Hilo, Hawaii, HS Diploma

AWARDS

2021 -Silver Telly Award | Production Team | Hula Bowl Hawaii

1999 — Otis College of Art and Design Thesis Award Los Angeles, California
1992 — Kahakii Mayor Award Hawaii

PUBLICATIONS

Hawaii Tribune Herald 2021

Flux Magazine 2020

Cal Magazine 2018

Big Island Traveler 2017

Midweek 2009

Artslant 2008
Art and Living Magazine — 2009
Art and Living Magazine — 2008

ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN CLIENTS

AHL Architects Hawaii Limited 

Henderson Design Group

87zero — Honolulu, Hawaii

Intra-design Studio llc

Karen Muraoka Interior Design 

Diane Bobek Design

D and T Designs 

WORKSHOPS

Lexus Luxe + Kristie Fujiyama Kosmides "Free Flow Paint and Create" June 26, 2021