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Paul Komada

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Paul Komada was born in Seattle and raised in Yokohama, Japan. In 2002, he completed his MFA program at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Between 2003-06, he worked at a Buddhist temple as a monk in Tokyo, Japan. Today, he lives and works in an artist loft in Pioneer Square.
Paul paints geometric abstraction, but in the past few years has incorporated knitting into the paintings, exploring the boundary between Art and Craft.
He has exhibited works in the Northwest region. He has shown works nationally in Harlem NY and Peoria IL, as well as internationally in Seoul, Toronto and The Hague, Netherlands.

2014 Solo Show: Formalist’s Agony, Prole Drift, Seattle WA
2013 Maker Leisure Pleasure Seeker, Backspace Gallery, Peoria IL
2013 Knit N’ Paintin’, Soil Gallery, Seattle WA
2010 knit_art_history, 4culture, Seattle, WA
2006 Topology, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA

2014 MadArt on the Campus, University of Washington, Seattle WA
2014 To Be Alone Together, curated by ShellyLeavens and Emma Levitt, Museum of Northwest Art [MoNA], La Conner WA
2014 Storefronts Projects on Amazon Campus Site Specific Installation “Going Cascade”, Shunpike, Seattle WA
2013 , Quartair, The Hague, Netherlands
2013 Today, from your yesterday and tomorrow, curated by Jaclyn Blumas, Gallery 918, Toronto, Canada
2012 BAM Biennial 2012: High Fiber Diet, curated by Stefano Catalani, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue WA
2012 Four Approaches, curated by Nicholas Nyland, Pulliam Gallery, Portland OR
2011 Textiles Tieton: Fresh Thread, curated by Ed Marquand, Mighty Tieton Wearhouse, Tieton WA

2014 2015 Northwest Contemporary Art Award Nominee, Portland Art Museum
2012 Grants for Artist Projects, Artist Trust
2000 International Exchange and Program Study Abroad Scholarship
1999 Eleanor Roberts Memorial Scholarship
1999 George Tsutakawa Memorial Scholarship
1997 Fine Art Studio Program Study Abroad Scholarship

Rijnstate Kunstcollectie, Arnhem, Netherlands
City of Seattle: SPU Portable Works *currently hanging in the Mayor’s office
University of Washington

2014 “Vibrant Outdoor Exhibit Brings Local Art to Public Spaces at UW” by Soyon Im, International Examiner,Oct 15
2014 Seattle Met Visual Art, Mad Campus Brings Large-Scale Art to University of Washington’s Grounds,Jeremy Buben, Sep 26
2014 “Watching Paul Komada Make Mysteries: Or, What Are You Looking At?” by Jen Graves, The Stranger,June 11
2014 The Whiskey City Collaborative, The Best Peoria Art Shows Of 2013, January 27
2013 CONCERT GOER, Tagtics: Quartair Den Haag, kemicalhardatwork, November 17
2010 Featured Art, Art Zone with Nancy Guppy November 16
2010 artdish, Jim Demetre November 5
May 2002 Philadelphia Inquirer Review

University of Pennsylvania – M.F.A. Painting 2002
University of Washington – B.F.A. Painting 2000