Maria Entis was born in Yokohama, Japan and moved to San Francisco at the age of ten. After attending the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, she worked as a designer in various traditional and electronic media. Her work for clients such as pioneering animation studio Pacific Data Images (now DreamWorks Animation), Sanrio and KRON-TV earned her many awards, including an Emmy (for outstanding achievement in graphic design).

In 1993, Ms. Entis returned to her roots as a fine artist and painter. Her work combines the refined design sensibilities of her native Japan with the lively, colorful exuberance she developed during her years as a designer and illustrator. Her work captures energy – channeling a spontaneous, organic even playful exploration of paint and texture into a well- ordered, balanced, contemplative whole.

“I’ve always been inspired by Japanese art which starts with nature or a simple gesture, but delivers a sublime experience of refinement.”

She has exhibited in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Vancouver. Entis’ works are in private and corporate collections in the USA, Canada and the UK.

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