Rika Nagahata was born in Japan but has been living in New Zealand since 2008. While in Japan she graduated from Osaka Art University majoring in printmaking. This time at University experimenting with different copper-plate printing techniques has greatly influenced her art today. Although Rika now uses ink and watercolours to create originals instead of prints, her exquisite patterns and fine lines reflect the intricate process of etching. This unique connection gives her works a special feel and presence that enables the viewer to get entranced and lost in Rika’s art. The numerous unique and beautiful animals New Zealand has to offer also have a big influence on Rika’s art as well as various children’s book illustrators and traditional Japanese art.
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