Seika was born in Tokyo, Japan where she spent every other weekend visiting galleries and art exhibitions as a kid with her family. The 1980’s and ’90s gallery space in the large department stores and museum exhibitions would do more than awe-struck the young enthusiast. With her eye on the arts at an early age and inspiration from Picasso, she explored the idea of developing her natural creative talents academically. After reviewing the Japanese college art portfolio of current artists’ work she realized that the Japanese advanced education system was too conservative for her aspirations and her character called for more diversity. Seika set out to pursue her own American Dream in the US.
Becoming a total stranger, especially in upstate New York, she attended high school for two years and college for one before transferring to the Atlanta College of Art that welcomed her with open arms and accepted her as well as her situation. In 1996 the Olympics came to Atlanta and with this came her introduction to one of the sponsors, the High Museum of Art. The museum came on her radar and their exhibitions improved when they began working with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). They hung artwork created by the students in the rented collaborative cafeteria space to boost their exposure and help launch their careers. She sought and earned an internship with the High Museum in her senior year and there she was embedded deeper into the world of American fine art. She learned not only more about the art itself but also how to setup and dismantle exhibitions. She went on to be a general assistant for over 7 years at Deljou, learning all great techniques from other artists before becoming a full-time featured artist.
Seika’s work draws heavily on a deep respect for the serenity of nature as well as the simple expression of color as it playfully interacts with different patterns, shapes, and layers of technique. Her nature-based series seed from Japan’s native religion of Shintoism, which Seika explains, “We believe eight million spirits live within us. Nature is hiding a lot of them. In Japan, we feel closer to nature. It is a part of us.” In series like Waltz of Flowers, Seika uses a distressed textured background that adds to the soft, delicate integrity of the subject in the foreground. She introduces sprinkles of color that help provide an identity for the flowers without taking away from the imagination. In Silent Grove, Seika draws you into her paintings, as she breathes life into each stroke of the tree branch, making each painting grow differently with the white of purity. She displays superior creative ability in her use of blending the most dramatic colors in oil paint with undertones of flashing silver leaf backgrounds, all crafted on natural art boards. She uses oil, acrylic, water color, varieties of ink including alcohol ink and sumi-ink to discover the beauty of each medium and express it in her own way.
Seika’s delicate lines, arresting color palette, and graphic execution is now displayed all over the world with several private collectors and galleries in the United States, Canada, England, Germany, Tokyo, and Dubai.