My name is Mai Ryuno and I am an everyday artist and creative educator.
Originally from Fukuoka, Japan, I moved to the U.S. at the age of 25 with a dream of becoming an artist without any formal artistic background.
My journey of studying art and becoming an artist started at a community college in California and then, onto a graduate school where I discovered my true self, joy and purpose in creation of art of everyday.
I've used food, clothings, stains, rain, ocean waves, whatever I get inspired to use as a medium to create my conceptual and interactive art in forms of ephemeral social and cultural experiences, and sometimes in collaboration.
I also found my passion for teaching as a way of sharing my knowledge, practice, skills and experience to help others become an artist of their everyday life with freedom, joy and confidence.
Interdisciplinary, Participatory & Experiential Art
- studied art at graduate school and practiced in the SF Bay Area community
Public Education at SFAI
- Worked as Assistant Director and Instructor: Young Artists, PreCollege and Adult Continuing Education Programs as well as Arts Education in underrepresented communities
Teaching Art, Design, Creativity and more
- CA Community Colleges
- Center for Cities + Schools at UC Berkeley (City Planning & Leadership)
- Association of CA School Administrators
- Boys & Girls Clubs
- Government and non profit educational initiatives for recovery from 2011 East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
Social Practice Art & Entrepreneurship
- Created Play Full Ground as an interactive community art exhibit and opened a community art studio in Monterey, CA
- Facilitated 50+ workshops
- Hosted 20+ community events
- Artist Talks & Public Speaking
- Collaboration with museums, colleges, non profit and community organizations
- Art performances as social action