Artist Statement

Inspirare and Esoterica

Estria Miyashiro is native Hawaiian, Japanese, Okinawan, Irish and German. He has been envisioning, planning and painting community mural projects and large-scale commissioned installations around the world for over 30 years. His recent work has focused on harmoniously fusing an ancient Hawaiian way of being with contemporary visual story telling.

Grounding and connecting with heaven and earth allows a direct relationship with ke akua (the supreme), kupuna (elders and ancestors), guardians and guides. This Hawaiian protocol accesses past lives’ forgotten lessons, and knowledge held by those who have journeyed on. Inspiration increases aloha and reverence for the land and water, as evidenced in Estria’s current paintings.

Seeing without eyes is stronger at wahi pana (sacred sites). His vision has increased, permeating into dreams and conversations, reaching into other realms. Meditation has now become a prerequisite to painting. Subject matter has shifted from experiences of the body and protection of the delicate ego to servitude, transcendence, enlightenment, mihi (forgiveness), ho’oponopono (to make balanced), aloha and light. His canvas work takes viewers on this journey, where past, present and future are meshed in a nonlinear way. His murals reclaim lost stories and chapters of old stories that have yet to be written.