RISA WADA 莉沙和田
Born in 1972, Risa Wada is an emerging Malaysian-based artist with a Japanese spouse. She graduated with a certificate in Fashion Design from Eric’s Fashion School, Penang in 1991. Upon graduation, Wada worked in an investment bank for 18 years but quitted her job to pursue her childhood dream as an artist.
Wada's initial art inspiration came from her cat Toro as he often stares at cacti. Wondering how Toro sees the world, she imagines how the plant spirits would look like and starts to combine two aspects of life in her works: Mother Nature & Human Emotions.
Wada held her first solo exhibition "Yasuragi - Repose" in Younie Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (2019). In 2020, she exhibited at the SEKAKI International Art Group Show organised by KL City Art Gallery. Wada is also active in international art fairs including "Art Asia@KL 2018 Hotel Art Expo", Palace of the Golden Horses, Kuala Lumpur; "Art Asia@KL 2019 Asian Warisan Fair", Matrade Exhibition & Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur; and "Shanghai International Art Fair 2nd Ed", Shanghai (2020).