Manami Yagashiro Lingerfelt was born in Japan and grew up in Tokyo, graduating from Tokyo Musashino Art Junior College in 1985. She began her art career in Tokyo, Japan as a graphic designer and illustrator with major magazines and newspapers. However, she became increasingly displeased with her career and her life and decided to explore the world, dwelling briefly in places such as India, Nepal, Sweden and other parts of Asia and Europe from 1987-1997. She now calls Dallas, Georgia home and has produced many paintings inspired by the mystical aspects of the places she visited, the human condition itself, and of the natural world. She wants to express positive energy through her oil/various medium paintings on canvas. She has been featured in exhibits in both the United States and Japan and is a continuing presence at art shows and in publications.
Her most recent awards include the 2014 Yellow Daisy Festival Featured Artist, “2014Best in Show” First Friday Art Walk-Marietta Square, Marietta, GA; 1st place on Dean’s Luncheon and Learn Series “Savor the Arts” Magazine; Printmaking department. Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA; Awarded 2nd place, Juried College Exhibition at the Mountain View Art Alliance and The Art Place - Mt. View, GA; Awarded 3rd place at the 31th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition, Fine Art Gallery, Kennesaw States University, Kennesaw, GA ; Awarded 2nd place 2014 Fall Festival on Ponce, Atlanta, GA. Awarded 3rd place at the Roswell Colors Art Festival, Roswell, GA andAwarded 2nd2014, 2nd Purchase Award Level at Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and University Ombuds Office Kennesaw States University, Kennesaw, GA. 2014.
Manami Lingerfelt`s ultimate goal is to be featured in major galleries and museums worldwide.
In my extensive travels, I developed curiosity about spirituality. Different geographical landscapes, colors, scents, animals, music, and deeply devout people surrounded me during my journeys. Over time, I became a bridge between this mystical reality and my spiritual experience. The exposure to various cultures and ideas influenced my art in a way I never expected.
Today, my work is drawn from the many places I have experienced. The spiritual energy in me is expressed on my canvas. I feed off of that expressive energy and my artwork begins to take on organic shapes and movement. I am physically and emotionally involved with my art, and I move with the colors and shapes. I feel a spiritual connection when I paint. From the moment, my hands pick up the brush, I trust that energy, and my intuition moves me where I need to go. With the use of various mediums and a strong abstract style, I strive to express positive energy.
Manami Yagashiro Lingerfelt
Drawing graphite and charcoal on paper 24"x18" 2013