Biography (English)

Ayuna Mano was born in Hikone City, Shiga Prefectuire, and grew up touching art under the influence of her father, an art teacher, and her mother, a vocalist.  Since she lived in a countryside rich in nature, her playmates were mostly plants and the animals that lived in them, always feeling the many lives that existed in this universe. From an early age she loved to inflate her fantasies and draw, and to write stories and poems. When she was in elementary school, she had a strong sense of going on the path of art.After graduating from art school, she stayed abroad, but her family developed a mental illness and returned to Japan.Immediately after that, a two-year nursing life begins.At this time, she witnesses how the invisible "mind" and the "body" that should be visible affect each other, and the balance keeps human life delicately.And this event had a great impact on her subsequent life. While spending time with his family, She began to learn various therapies to heal her family, realized that working on the mind of art and therapy had a common power in the process. And her style of painting changed from that time.

After finishing her nursing life, she began working as an assistant to an artist in Tokyo, but as she became more eager to learn more about therapy.

When she first visited Hawaii, she learned about Hawaiian culture that respected nature and the spilit and the existence of ancient Hawaiian healing practices,and was impressed by the philosophy of prayer.

The work she produces expresses the healing energy that works gently and strongly on the human mind through the history of her life.

Baced on this background in her life ,her works often use motifs of spirituality, the natural enviroment, celedtial bodies,plants, and exprress the healing energy that gently and strongly affects people's hearts.


Her work is a fusion fo the traditional technique of woodblock prints and modern sensibilities. Sometimes she goes beyond the boundaries of orthodox woodblock prints and intuitively incorporates messages and essences from the nature that surrounds her. She uses ``multicolor printing,`` which involves layering colors over and over again on a single sheet of washi (Japanese paper) using a unique printing method, to create delicate and transparent hues. The result is depth and depth that resonates with the viewer. Ayuna Mano is an artist and therapist who pursues healing from the two fields of art and therapy.

Her works are a harmonious combination of these two aspects, providing healing and peace to the viewer.