Miya Ando is an artist whose high profile public commissions and unique artwork have been called ‘A Must See’ by the New York Times. Half Japanese & half Russian, Ando is a descendant of Bizen sword makers and was raised in a Buddhist temple in Japan and in coastal Northern California. She has continued her 16th generation Japanese sword smithing and Buddhist lineage by combining metals, reflectivity and light in her transcendent paintings and sculpture. In 2011 she completed two memorial sculptures for the 9/11 in which she utilized 30 foot tall pieces of steel which had fallen from the World Trade Center Buildings. Ando’s work is has been exhibited in galleries throughout Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Paris, Berlin, Austraila and Tokyo. Miya’s public commissions include projects in South Korea, London, New York and California. She is the recipient of the Pollock Krasner Fondation Grant in 2012, the Thanatopolis Special Artist Award and Public Outdoor Commission Winner and Puffin Foundation Grant winner. She received her Bachelor of Science Magna Cum Laude in East Asian Studies at UC Berkeley and continued her studies at Yale in 1998 in addition to an apprenticeship to a master metal smith in Japan.