Do you have a budding artist at home, but are unsure how to encourage them? World-renowned artist Makoto Fujimura learned the beautiful Japanese-style painting called nihonga, and he now practices that form with a contemporary approach. Join host Mike Farris as he talks with the artist today, on Home School Heartbeat.
Our guest today is Makoto Fujimura, who’s an internationally renowned contemporary artist, author, and founder of the International Arts Movement. Makoto, welcome to the program.
Thank you; it’s great to be here.
Would you please share with us how you decided to become an artist?
I was an artist before I knew I was an artist, but it wasn’t until college that I really feeling called to the arts. After college, my wife and I got married, and we ended up going back to my roots. As far as my culture, I was born in Boston but brought up biculturally between Japan and the U.S. And we were back in Japan to study this very prestigious lineage program in the art form of nihonga, which is Japanese-style painting. And it was at that time that I had the time and my own search [had] gotten to the point where I really needed to find a paradigm that allowed me to explore beauty. And so I found myself creating beauty, and I had trouble justifying it in my own heart. And that’s when I began my search for a paradigm that integrated beauty into who I was and even dealt with my brokenness. And so it was around that time that I became a Christian.
Mako, thank you for that beautiful testimony. I’m Mike Farris.