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 bleak side of ordinary landscapes. Her work has been shown at Staple Goods, The Front, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, among others.

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

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