Asami Akinaga was born in Tokyo, Japan. She received her BFA in Illustration from San Jose State University of California. She is a multi-media visual artist working in traditional, digital, and found materials, often exploring a blend between her Japanese heritage and Western education. She has taught classes in drawing, painting, and digital art since 2013.

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2021  IRL URL, Rock Paper Scissors Collective, Oakland, CA
2020  For Mr. Floyd, For Ms. Taylor..., Works Gallery, San Jose, CA
2019  The Annual 50|50 Show, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA
2019  Unity in Diversity, Works Gallery, San Jose, CA
2018  Strength: Drawings & Paintings by Asami Akinaga, Mohr Gallery, Mountain View, CA
2018  The (anti) Valentine Show, Works Gallery, San Jose, CA

"I am a passionate, encouraging teacher with experience guiding all skill levels and ages. I strongly believe that anyone can learn how to draw, but traditional art classes can be intimidating for beginners. I specialize in providing clear, easy to follow instruction that is relatable to those with zero art experience while strengthening the foundation of more experienced students. I also have experience in mentoring high school students preparing for AP Art classes and portfolio reviews. My students have been accepted to summer programs at CSSSA and MICA, and have gone on to study in various art colleges. When taking lessons with me, you are not just paying for the lesson time. I take an active approach to teaching by reinforcing lessons with free visual and video resources, and I am readily available to discuss or answer questions through email communication."

For current private lesson openings and pricing, please email contact@asamiakinaga.com.

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