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Karolina Kinga Sato ( Karolinko ), b. Poland is an artist and surface designer living and working in Tokyo. She works in traditional Japanese painting "Nihonga," watercolor, ink, and digital media, experimenting with gold leaf, pigments, rich textures, and dynamic color. Her works are whimsical, joyful, and vibrant with an immersive narration.
Karolina is interested in cultural anthropology, in ways how art mirrors the way people perceive the world. Her inspiration comes from the relationship between human&nature, ethnic art, and carnival culture. The visual language often includes nature-derived motifs arranged to look similar to ethnic patterns or religious images to communicate more universal ideas. She studies popular motifs representing nature, their meaning, and how we relate to them.
Her love for patterns started with her exploration of oriental arts: ​​​​​​​​​​​​​
"I have a passion for Japanese decorative art and love how much it is connected with the poetry and literature of the country and how its motives come to life every day. I would like to share this sense of beauty and wonder; invite an escape from everyday life."
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