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After graduating from Toyo Eiwa Jogakuin Junior College and Setsu Mode Seminar in Japan, Mari Mitsumi started her career as an editor and illustrator for some years. She works as a freelance illustrator now and collaborates with various clients in books, editorial, and advertising.
Her works are the result of an elaborate prosess that begins with painting acrylic or drawing on canvas, scannning, and finishing up digitally as necessary. Moreover she has began to produce etchings, and combines them with digital paintings for her new technique.
She is a member of The Society of Publishing Arts in Japan.
Music, films and nature inspire her work.


Solo Exhibitions

[EDEN] Galerie Malle, Ebisu, Tokyo, May, 2014
[We'll be Your Mirrors] Galerie Malle, Ebisu, Tokyo, May, 2012
[Penumbra] COUZT, Yanaka , Tokyo, Jul to Aug, 2010
[An Echo In] Taachi, Azabu , Tokyo, Sep to Nov, 2008
[Tangible] Galerie Malle, Ebisu, Tokyo, Apr, 2008
[Bird on the Wire] HB Gallery, Omotesando, Tokyo, Jan, 2002

Selected Group Exhibitions

[Une marge laissee de l'estampe ( A left margin of the print )] Museum of Onomichi City University, Hiroshia, Nov to Dec, 2015
[CD Jacket Art Exhibition 2 by three selectors, Chihiro Takahashi, Hiromi Mikoshiba, and Fuyuhiko Yamamoto] PALETTE GALLERY, Azabu,Tokyo Jun, 2015
[Illustrators 56: EDITORIAL AND BOOK CATEGORIES show] The Society of Illustrators, New York, U.S.A., Feb, 2014
[Illustrators 55: EDITORIAL, BOOK, AND ADVERTISING CATEGORIES show] The Society of Illustrators, New York, U.S.A., Jan, 2013
[Illustrators 54: Sequential and Uncommissioned Awards show] The Society of Illustrators, New York, U.S.A., Jan, 2012
[German-Japanese Contemporary Art Exhibition 2011] Galerie DEN (Berlin, Germany) May, 2011
[Malle de Alice - The Book Cover Exhibition for The new world of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"] Galerie Malle, Ebisu, Tokyo, Dec, 2010
[Illustrators 52: Sequential and Uncommissioned Awards show] The Society of Illustrators, New York, U.S.A., Jan, 2010
[The Seven Roses Exhibition] Gallery Dazzle, Aoyama, Tokyo, May, 2009
[Illustrators Tsushin Exhibition #3] Opa Gallery, Omotesando, Tokyo, Feb, 2008
[Open 6 Days Bar] Galerie Malle, Ebisu, Tokyo, Aug, 2007
[Illustrators Tsushin Exhibition #2] Opa Gallery, Omotesando, Tokyo, Feb, 2007
[Illustrators Tsushin Exhibition #1] Opa Gallery, Omotesando, Tokyo, June, 2005
[Happy Together - Duo Exhibition] Peters Gallery, Harajuku , Tokyo, Nov, 1999

Awards and Recognition

American Illustration, NY Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, 3x3 Illustration Annual

Illustration Now! (vol.1), Illustration Now! PORTRAITS: Taschen

Feature articles in 3x3 issue 16


Select Clients Include:

AIG, ANA, The Asahi Shimbun, Bijutsu Shuppan-Sha, Bungeishunju, Columbia Music Entertainment, Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux / Sopexa, Chuokoron-Shinsha, Diamond, DHC, Fusosha Publishing, Gentosha, GQ Japan, Kadokawa Group Publishing, Kodansha, Magazine House, The Mainichi Newspapers, NHK Publishing, Nikkei Business Publications, Recruit, The Sankei Shimbun, Shinchosha Publishing, Shogakukan, Shueisha, Tokuma Shoten Publishing, Tokyo Sogensha, Volvo Cars, The Yomiuri Shimbun, etc
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