Rica Bando

About the Artist

Rica Bando was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to New York City in 1984. She studied lithographic printing at the Art Student’s League of New York and sculpting at the New York Academy of Arts.  Currently, she is working in a studio located in Dumbo, Brooklyn.  Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in the United States and in Japan. Collections of her work are held at The New York Public Library, the Hunterdon Museum of Art, and others.  She is a member of The Society of American Graphic Artists


I am a printer specially for the lithography.

Lithography is a 200 year old printing technique, invented in Germany.  Unlike the etching or engraving on metal plates, it is a planographic printing process based on the resistance of water to grease.  An image is drawn on limestone or an aluminum plate with a greasy substance, such as a crayon or ink.  Then etched with acid to make stabilize the image.  After dampening the surface with water, printing ink adheres only on the image area.  When the matrix is run through a press with a sheet of paper, the inked surface is transferred.

The fluid, spontaneous strokes that appear in lithography because of the grain of stones or aluminum plates.  Unfortunately, to the printer, always more respect on printing technique.

I conjecture that beyond technique, however, the successful work of art will be a fortuitous marriage of idea, image, and process.

My works are most of representational as a frozen land scape or the view beyond window with rain drops.  Some are abstractions for contemplative immersion to studies of refractory patterns of city lights at night.

Either abstract or representational, I aim to depict the atmosphere of the confined space, naturally composed and naturally existing objects in my works.

It is a most important for my works, because I hope that my works will become a window of healing to calm one’s mind.

June 2005


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