Toshiko Kitano Groner
“When beauty touches my heart, through my eyes, ears, thoughts or moments of experience, I am propelled from within to find expression for this beauty. I work in oil, pastel and watercolor to express the essence. “
Toshiko Kitano Groner is a landscape artist and still life painter. In recent years, she embarks on new territory through mixed media abstract paintings that capture stillness in a new way. She creates bold planes defined by both lines and rich wells of paint. Composed as if in dialogue with each other, the collaged materials playfully reach out to the viewer in contrast the solid backgrounds that provide intense weight to the creations.
Toshiko Kitano Groner is a fine artist who lives and works in New York City. She was born and grew up in Japan. Since early childhood, she was fascinated with art and music which touched her soul deeply. Her first career was in music. She left Japan for America as a recent college graduate, and successfully joined the Greenwich Village music scene. As a singer and songwriter, Toshiko performed her songs at various clubs in New York City. She has written songs, composed music and is a member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers).
After years of involvement with music, Toshiko started new creative life as a visual artist. She began to exhibit her oils, pastels and watercolors at various galleries in New York City and other locations. In 2011 and 2013, she had a solo exhibition at Onishi Gallery, located in Chelsea, New York City and her work was exhibited at Onishi Gallery’s booth at the Affordable Art Fair in New York City. Onishi Gallery continued exhibiting Toshiko’s work for their holiday group shows in 2013 and 2014.
Toshiko has been a member of RIVAA (Roosevelt Island Visual art Association) since it was founded in 2001 and has exhibited her work at Gallery RIVAA and The Octagon Gallery on Roosevelt Island each year. Her work has been privately collected in New York, New Jersey, California, Texas and other locations.