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About Me

Edi Matsumoto

Edi Matsumoto was born and raised in Japan. Her maternal great-grandfather was a traditional Japanese artist who painted birds, flowers, and snow-capped mountains using an ink brush technique. She grew up in an environment where art was valued. Her interest in art was cultivated at an early age. 

Edi Matsumoto holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Tsukuba University in Japan. After traveling around Southeast Asia exploring cultures and volunteering at the Mother Theresa’s Home for the Dying Destitutes in Calcutta, India, she came to the U.S. She earned a Master's degree in Nursing, and she has worked in the healthcare field for over 28 years. 

Encouraged by her family, Matsumoto began taking art classes at a community college. In 2018, she earned her second Master's degree in Fine Art from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. 

Matsumoto’s work has won numerous awards and has been shown at galleries and museums locally, nationally and internationally including the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, the Triton Museum of Arts in Santa Clara, and Pacific Grove Art Center among others. Her work has been shown in the prestigious Fine Art Conoisseur and American Art Collector magazines among others. 

Matsumoto divides her time between working on her own creative activity and coaching others to discover their creativity. 

Awards: 
2022   
Emotinos, Bifarin Publication            
2021              
Spring Salon Online Exhibition, Finalist, International Guild of Realism, February                        
ARC Salon, Semi-Finalist in Portrait Division, Art Renewal Center, NJ  
2020              
Asian Subject 5, &6th place, Human Realism, 2nd place, Spiritual 6th place, American Art Awards, Hollywood, CA Represent, 
Finalist, See Me, New York, NY                         
Women Artists Making Their Mark, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA                         The Healing Power of Art in Isolation, Siy Gallery, San Francisco, CA Spring Online Juried show, American Women Artists, August  
Top 15% Bold Brush Painting Competition in April/June/August, FASO 
2019              
ARC Salon, Finalist in Portrait Division, Art Renewal Center, NJ                         2nd place, Bay Area Masters Exhibition, Peninsula Museum of Art, Burlingame, CA                         
2nd place, Realism – Human, Category 34, American Art Awards, Hollywood, CA                         3rd place, Portrait of Someone Not Famous, Category 32, American Art Awards, Hollywood, CA 
Top 15% Bold Brush Painting Competition in April and May, FASO 
Celebrating Genius of the Women, Women in the Arts, Orlando Public Library, Orlando, FL 
2018              
Expressions of Clinician Well-Being Art Show, Top 30 artists, National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC                         
Honorable Mention, Health Equity, Monterey County Health Department, Salinas, CA 
2017                          
Honorable Mention, Sustainable Art, Monterey County Health                                                 Department, Salinas, CA  
2016                          
Top 15% Bold Brush Painting Competition, FASO 
2015              
Honorable Mention, Big Blue Life Paint Out Monterey, Monterey Bay Plein Air Painter 
2013                          
Top 15% Bold Brush Painting Competition, FASO   

Selected Solo Exhibitions: 
2021              
Goddesses and Warriors, Visual art and Haiku poetry, Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, CA 
2020              
Goddesses and Warriors, Visual art and Haiku poetry, Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, CA 
2018              
Lives in Our Hands, Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, CA    Selected 

Juried Group Exhibitions:  
2021              
Celebrating the Genius of Women, women in the Arts, https://www.womeninthearts.org/digital-exhibition                         
Cancer: Never Give up-2021, Bifarin Services                         https://www.biafarin.com/p/badges.html?ARID=2440602000182867995&CNTID=2440602000183682659&TPII=ArtworkSales&CNTIDII=2440602000182915431 
2020              
Healing Power of Art in Isolation Juried Show, top 20, SIY Gallery, San Francisco, CA                         
Summer Juried Show, realART, Sylvia White Gallery, Agoura Hills, CA Spring Online Juried Show, American Women Artists,  Spring Salon Online Exhibition, International Guild of Realism 
2019              
Celebrating Monterey County, Monterey County Health Department, Salinas, CA                          Salinas Valley Arts and Culture, CSUMB Center for Arts and Culture, Salinas, CA  The 2nd Half: Over 50 show 2019, Las Lagunas Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA The Affordable Art Week in April and May, SeeMe, Manhattan, NY 
2018              
Expressions of Clinician Well-Being Permanent Pop-Up Gallery, National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC                         
Health Equity, Monterey County Health Department, Salinas, CA                          Growth, Emerging Artists Alliance of Monterey, Monterey, CA 
2017                          
Spring Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA                                   Celebrating Monterey County, Government Building, Salinas, CA Sustainable Art, Monterey County Health Department, Salinas, CA  
2015                          
Spring Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA                               Monterey County Show, Transportation Agency, Salinas, CA Childhood Memory, Monterey County Health Department, Salinas, CA  
2014                          
Celebrating Monterey County, Government Building, Salinas, CA Health is Our Right, Monterey County Health Department, Salinas, CA  
2013                          
Spring Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA                               Living in Monterey County, Government Building, Salinas, CA 
2006                          
Student Art Show, Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA     

Publications: 
2022
Google Arts and Culture https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/bugeisha-edi-matsumoto/LAEYstfsoofgyg?fbclid=IwAR3ZaM21d5fzpZNBa42SYPIdYeiSf4BeyP0NNfk2fAqBOreIszk4H7yaYrg                         https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/wounded-healer-edi-matsumoto/BQGVnLbsdet0tw?fbclid=IwAR0xjbHkTaKcQKd75iCGI9K2Fq0hsyz5D5mYHEoFNArp88cT30VSyR2bdZI                         
Emotions 2022 by Gallerium https://www.gallerium.art/p/emotions-2022.html?TP=poster&name=edi-matsumoto
2021              
21 Figure Paintings You Must See by Max Gillies, Fine Art Connoisseur, November 12, 
2020 
https://fineartconnoisseur.com/2020/11/contemporary-figure-paintings/   Contemporary Ukiyo-e Interpreted by Edi Matsumoto,  www.ny-artnews.com https://www.artdealerstreet.com/single-post/contemporary-ukiyo-e-interpreted-by-edi-matsumoto See|Me Editorial A Broad canvas Edi Matsumoto, https://www.see.me/a-broad-canvas//interview-with-edi-matsumoto A Nurse Turned Artist, Monterey County Weekly https://www.montereycountyweekly.com/entertainment/art/a-nurse-turned-artist-celebrates-strong-beautiful-women-in-her-new-exhibit-goddesses-and-warriors/article_fa5f06a6-3201-11ec-8570-6b36b1ce78ed.html 2020                         Bugeisha, featured in Go Figure in Fine Art Connoisseur, Dec. 2020  Concentration, American Art Collector magazine, Apr. 2020 
2019                          
Tough Decision, cover image for Journal of Pain and  Symptom Management, Mar. 2019 Concentration, featured as a finalist of ARC salon, in Fine Art Connoisseur, Oct. 2019  
2018              
Tough Decision, image of healthcare workers burnout, WebMD, Medscape website               
Lives in Our Hands, www.Blurb.com              
Tough Decision, Expressions of Clinician Well-Being Permanent Digital Gallery, National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC                         http://nam.edu/expressclinicianwellbeing/#/   
Gallery: 
2021                          Venture Gallery, Monterey

 
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