Kaori Maeyama is an urban landscape painter born and raised in Fukuoka, Japan. Since arriving in New Orleans alone with one duffel bag in 1994, she has been a focus puller, an audio editor, a plein air painter, and an art instructor. She is a member of Staple Goods art collective and gallery in the St. Claude Arts District.

While working as a managing producer for the public radio music program American Routes, she studied plein air oil painting with Phil Sandusky at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts.

Focusing on decay and isolation of the mundane as the primary subject matter, she uses tonal palette and visual noise to amplify the passage of time and the atmosphere of ordinary landscapes. Her work has been shown at Staple Goods, The Front, LeMieux Galleries, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, among others.

She holds a BA in film production from the University of New Orleans, and a MFA in painting from Tulane University where she learned to paint without paintbrushes.


instagram: @kaorinola


Haunting by Sylvie Contiguglia, Art e-Walk, June 18, 2019

Painter Kaori Maeyama reveals the visual secrets of New Orleans after dark by D. Eric Bookhardt, Gambit Weekly, June 17, 2019

Pelican Bomb: Exhibition Pick – Kaori Maeyama by Benjamin Morris, Pelican Bomb, July 6, 2018

New Orleans Art Insider: Kaori Maeyama at Staple Goods by D. Eric Bookhardt, Gambit Weekly, June 18, 2018

Kaori Maeyama at Staple Goods Gallery by D. Eric Bookhardt, Gambit Weekly, June 26, 2017

Salon Style: Painters Painting Painters at NOCCA by Marjorie Rawle, Pelican Bomb, April 14, 2017

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