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Parisians inspiration for local artist Mirei Oshiro

Date Posted: 2009-02-21

She’s been interested in art “since I was very small, almost without noticing it,” and now has transformed that intrigue into a true passion inspired by her experiences in Paris.

Mirei Oshiro, who’s artistic creations are now on exhibit at Okinawa Market on Camp Foster, aspires to “become an artist whose work can be seen worldwide,” and says French graphic artist Raymond Savignac, best known for his commercial posters, gives her great ideas and encouragement. “I love to draw bright pictures, and I get inspiration from my everyday life,” she says, but adds “I was so impressed by local artists and others who lived in Paris because they were so interested in my drawings.”

The Okinawa-born Oshiro stages three or four major exhibitions a year, with this month’s showing at Okinawa Market in the Camp Foster Concession Arcade being the first. It’s her first exhibition since hosting an exhibition in Paris only a couple months ago. While the exhibitions are her passion, it’s her commercial graphic designs that have attracted the most attention. “I’ve done most of my designs for Fashion Candy’s package character designs,” she explains, “and I have created television commercials, package designs, post card illustrations, the Living Square Kids’ House in Awase, a cash card design for the Bank of Okinawa, designed a parfait package for Blue Seal ice cream, and created the Ayakari-no Mori library relief.

Her goal, she says emphatically, is to be known and seen worldwide. Her Camp Foster exhibition is going well, she says, “already giving me new inspiration that will have an effect on future works.” She says the exchanges with Americans “make me feel great.” She’d like to have an exhibition at Kadena Air Base in the future, Oshiro adds, saying friendship with Americans “is very important to me.”

Aside from the current exhibition at Okinawa Market, which runs through February, Oshiro’s works are available at Royal Optical Company in Okinawa City, and at Cherry’s Mini Shop on Kokusai Street in Naha City.

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