Harumi Abe












Art Statement


The idea of home, as described in Gaston Bachelard’s writing, Poetics of Space, has been my primary interest for a while. The home is not just the physical construction in which we live, but more importantly, is a state of mind. This series of works embodies some of my personal journey in search of “home.” Mother Nature swirling around our house can be gentle and comforting, but sometimes is bent on destruction, as in the March 11th tragedy in Japan. We build houses with the hope of creating something new but mostly reinvent the familiar places that comfort us.


My painting process reflects this phenomenon. I create an abstract ground and use the mark as the guild to build the landscape for the home. I use semi-imaginary landscape as vehicle to represent the sublime and its horror of the journey. Just as Albert Bierstadt painted American West as his Swiss Alps, every corner that I explore partly becomes Japan, my homeland.







































Credit « Photo by Teodora Dakova, courtesy Girls’ Club, Fort Lauderdale. »












Harumi Abe was born in Maebashi, Japan, currently lives in Hollywood FL and Savannah, GA. She has shown her art extensively in South Florida, such as David Castillo Gallery, Hollywood Art and Culture Center and Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale and more. Her works are collected at Girls Club Collection, Liza and Arturo Mosquera Collection and other private collections. Abe received South Florida Cultural Consortium in 2008 and attended residencies include South Florida Art Center, Vermont Studio Center and Everglades Artist and Residence Program. Abe holds MFA from Florida International University and is a painting professor at Savannah College of Art and Design.







2008     MFA, Florida International University, Miami, FL (Magna Cum Laude)

2003     BFA, Ai Miami International University of Art & Design, Miami, FL (Cum Laude)

2000     ESL Program, Lake Land College Japan Campus, Tokyo Japan



Professional Experiences

2014- 2015          Professor of Painting, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA

2014                      Study Abroad Professor of Painting, Savannah College of Art and Design, Lacoste France

2008-2013          Gallery Director, Broward College Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery, Davie FL

2008-2013          Adjunct Faculty 2D Design, Drawing 1, Figure Drawing, Painting1, 2, Color

Theory and Art Appreciation, Broward College, Davie FL

2008-2013          Adjunct Faculty Figure Painting, Beginning Painting, 2D design, Beginning

Drawing and Community Outreach, Florida International University, Miami, FL

2010- 2013         Art Instructor Museum of Contemporary Art, Summer Camp, North Miami, FL

2006-2011           Board Member and Art Teacher, Lotus House Homeless Shelter, Sandari

Foundation Overtown, FL

2008-2010          Adjunct Faculty Art Appreciation and Painting, Miami Dade College

Wolfson Campus Miami, FL

2008                     Painting Art Teacher, Art Center South Florida, Miami Beach, FL

2007- 2008        Instructor of Record ART 1202, 2D Design and ART 2500C, 3504C Beginning

Painting, FIU, Miami, FL

2005-2008         Curator, Hugin and Munin Gallery, FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, North Miami, FL

2005-2008         Graduate Teaching Assistant, Advance Painting with Geoffrey Olsen, Thesis II

and Painting with Pip Brant and Painting with Donna Torres, FIU, Miami, FL

2004-2005          Assistant to Dr. Carol Damien, Art in State Building Program Coordinator, web development and graphic design, FIU, Miami, FL

2004                     Scenery Design. Great Southern Studio, Miami, FL

2003                     Intern Art Department, Bacardi Global Brands Promotions INC, Miami, FL

2003                     Intern Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL



Other Professional Experiences

2014      Artist in Action: Lecture and multiple art work presentation, The Girls Club Collection

2012      Judge: National Association of Women Artist’s Florida Chapter’s Exhibition, “Truth and

Beauty”, Coral Spring Museum

Juror for Artist’s Guild Gallery Exhibition, Boca Raton Museum of Art

Juror for Broward County Regional Scholastic Art Competition, The National Scholastic

Art & Writing Awards

2010      Juror for Signature Level Boca Raton Museum of Art the Artist’ Guild

2010      Panelist: New Curatorial Trends in South Florida Lead by Catalina Jaramillo with Samantha Salzinger, Michelle Weinberg and Ruba Katrib. Florida Association of Museum Conference.


2008      Slide Lecture, Thirteen Artists in 2008  Nova Southeastern University

2008     Juror, Broward Art Guild Annual Juried Exhibition

2004     Visiting Artist Lecture for Painting, FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, Miami, FL



Solo Exhibitions

2014      Here We Are, Farside Gallery, Miami, FL

2013      134 days and 21 hours, Lee Wagener Art Gallery,

Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

2012      134 days and 21 hours, Broward College South Campus Gallery

2009     Reverie of Ordinary, Art@Work, Miami, FL

2004     Eau De Artiste-“Synchronize”   (MSG Collaboration), Leonard Tachmes Gallery, North Miami, FL


Group Exhibitions

2015      Escape, 1310 Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Landfall, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah, GA

The secret Life of Plants, Clyde Butcher Coconut Grove Gallery, Miami, FL

Somewhere Over the Hedge, Persac Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL


2014      Thirty Years on the Road, Project 924 Art Center South Florida, Miami, FL

Common Ground, Schmidt Center Gallery Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL Immediate Surroundings, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah, GA

In Deep, The Deering Estate at Cutler, Miami, FL


2013      I think it’s in my head, curated by TM Sisters, Girls Club, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Paint City, MBUS, curated by Pip Brant, Miami Beach, FL

New Works 2012, The Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery, Davie, FL

Abracadabra  Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL


2012      Art Center/ South Florida Raffle Show Art Center South Florida Richard Shack Gallery, Miami Beach, FL

Mad Hatter: A Celebration of Spring, Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Curated by Charo Oquet, Miami Beach, FL

Picaresque,  David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL

Abracadabra  Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL New Works 2012, BC Fine Arts Gallery, Davie, FL


2011       Transformation, MBUS Gallery, Miami Beach. FL Food, Home, Love, Edge Zone, Miami, FL

Japan Now, Art Seen Studio, Miami, FL

New Works 2011, BC Fine Arts Gallery, Davie, FL


2010      Farm, Soya & Pomodoro, Curated by Claudia Scalise, Miami, FL Heart Happening, Margulies Warehouse, Miami, FL

Mapping Absence St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Center, Ontario Canada

DCG Open, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL Small Wonders (art) Salon, Artformz, Miami, FL Adjunctville, BC Fine Arts Gallery, Davie, FL



2009     Time + Temp: surveying the shifting climate of current painting in South Florida

Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Curated by Jane Hart, Hollywood, FL Hope Blossoms- an art happening, Margulies Warehouse, Miami, FL

Full House Farside Gallery, Curated by Carlos de Villasante, Miami, FL

VI+IV Annual Adjunct Faculty Exhibition Fine Arts Gallery Broward College, Davie, FL Art Center/ South Florida Raffle Show Art Center South Florida, Miami Beach, FL

All Media Juried Biennial Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Juried By Nina Arias,

Hollywood, FL

 Abracadabra  Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL


2008     The Borscht Film Festival: CCCV, Featured Artist, Tower Theater, Miami, FL Faculty Exhibition, Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, Miami, FL

Optic Nerve X Museum of Contemporary Art, Juried by Ruba Katrib, North Miami, FL Thirteen/08, South Florida Cultural Consortium Juried Exhibition

Museum of Art, Ft Lauderdale, Ft Lauderdale, FL

Family Value City Hall Miami Beach, Curated by Jacquenette Arnette, Miami Beach, FL Works of Art FIU Presidents Council Open House,

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL

Alumni Exhibit Showcase  Ai Miami International University of Art & Design, Miami, FL Path The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL

Umbra Artist Forum, Curated by Mette Tommerup, Miami, FL

Beads  Bakehouse Art Complex, Miami, FL


2007      Fast Lambardi Warehouse,Curated  by Jordan Massengale, Miami, FL What were you thinking?  Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL

Wild Wild Wynwood Edge Zone, Curated by David Mersch, Miami, FL

TEN World Art Building-Edge Zone, Miami, FL

Inter-Section/Art  Miami 2007 Miami Beach Convention Center,

Curated by Carol Damian and Marta Kozolchyk, South Beach, FL


2006     Inter-Sections/Art  Basel Macy’s Downtown Miami

Curated by Carol Damian and Marta Kozolchyk, Miami, FL Kunst Motel Show , Kunst Motel, Miami, FL

Monster Show Architect International, Curated by Isabel Moros-RigauMiami,  FL

the eight Off the Map Atlas Plaza, Miami, FL

Raw Hot New Fresh Awesome Young Emerging Talent  Dorsch Gallery, Curated by Jordan Massengale, Miami, FL

Tastes and Tongues: Miami Food Culture Museum, Miami, FL and Barcelona, Spain

Food Show Hugin and Munin Gallery FIU, North Miami, FL

Guest Artist Annual Art Walk  Francie Bishop Good Studio, Ft. Lauderdale, FL DV 8 Atlas Plaza, Miami, FL

Quiet Lambardi Warehouse, Curated by Jordan Massengale, Miami, FL


2005     Off the Map  Atlas Plaza, Curated by Bernice Steinbaum, Miami, FL MAG Miami Art Gallery, Miami, FL

Space  Lambardi Warehouse, Curated by Jordan Massengale, Miami, FL


2004      Scope 2004, (MSG Collaboration), Leonard Tachmes Gallery, Miami, FL OMNIART Project OMNIART,

Curated by Tina Spiro and Carol Damian, Miami, FL Till the End of Year  The Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL

Alternative Show Art Center South Florida, Miami Beach, FL The Intern The Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL

The Last Show The House, Miami, FL

Assembly Required World Art Building-Edge Zone, Curated by Carols de Villasante, Miami, FL


2003      BFA Graduation Show Ai Miami International University of Arts & Design, Miami, FL Art Spirit Free Spirit Art Bar Curated by Robert Chambers, Miami Beach, FL

Frenzy Lambardi Warehouse

Curated by Jordan Massangale and Alisa Pitchenik, Miami, FL

Plugged In: New and Electronic art (MSG collaboration) Hollywood Art and Cultural

Center, Curated by Samantha Salzinger, Hollywood, FL

Le Art-e Avant Gar-te Florida International University W10, Miami, FL

Tanqueray presents “Miami Night Life”Art Center South Florida, South Beach, FL Roving Friday  Group Exhibition, Lambardi Warehouse, Miami, FL

Objex Art Space Objex Art Space, Miami, FL

Arts Lab South Beach Private Gallery, Miami Beach, FL


2002     Dance Now Ensemble VH100, Florida International University, Miami, FL Untitled Daniel Azoulay Gallery, Miami, FL

Suenalo Absinthouse, Coral Gable, FL


2001      New Show Daniel Azoulay Gallery, Miami, FL


Awards and Residency

2014      Dickinson House Residency, Olsene Belgian

2014      Vermont Studio Center Residency, Johnson, VT Artist’s Grant

2013      Everglades Artist in Residence Program, Everglades National Park, FL

2010-11 Adjunct Faculty of the Year nominated candidate, Broward College Central Campus

2010      Vermont Studio Center Residency, Johnson, VT Artist’s Grant

2008     South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists

2008     Art Center South Florida Full Term Artist in Residence

2005-08Graduate  Teaching Assistantship, Florida International University

2007      Women in the Visual Arts Scholarship Award

2003     Deans List: Ai Miami International University Arts and Design




The Girl’s Club Collection, Francie Bishop Good & David Horvitz, Florida

Dr. Arturo and Liza Mosquera Collection, Florida

Cota Cohen Knobloch, Florida

Enrique Zaiede Personal Collection, France

Jacqueline Gopie, Florida

Natahsa Duwin, Florida

Dr. Nagamitsu Maie, Aomori, Japan

Richard Franklin, Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Don Rosenblum, Florida

Richard and Ruth Shack Collection, Florida

Dr. John Kaufman, Florida

Cristy Pena and Dan Casey, Florida

Charo Oquet, Florida




2014      I think it’s in my head, exhibition catalog essay written by Claire Evans and Vanessa

Garcia, published by the Girls Club

Go inside Harumi Abe’s head, Rigina Kaza, Broward Palm Beach Newtimes, March 20

2013      TM Sisters’ Brain Games, Phillip Valys, SunSentinel, Nov. 8

The Storytellers of Harsh Terrain, Nathaniel Sandler, The Miami Rail, Fall 2013

Featured Artist, Candice Russell, The Parklander, September, 2013 Page 65

Featured on Art Loft, WPBT 2  TV Program

No home is an island in harumi Abe’s new show: At the airport, aritst’s painting close the

Distance between Hollywood and Japan.  Phillp Valys, Sun Sentinel, July 12, 2013

Best of Award 2013, Best Painter, Broward Palm Beach New Times,

2012      El Coleccionismo como Education Y Legado Cultural, Janet Batet, El Nuevo Herald,

October 7

Big Works on Campus, Phillp Valys, Sun Sentinel, September 9

10 Rising Miami Artists to Start Collecting Now, Leila Brillson, Refinery 29, April 11, A Conversation with Harumi Abe, Eddie Arroyo, Art is About, Feb 8

2009     ‘El arbol de Navidad’ de Harumi Abe, Adriana Herrera, El Nuevo Herald, December, 27,

HYPERLINK « http://southflorida.metromix.com/arts-culture/blog_post/time- temp/1616005/content »Time+Temp, Colleen Dougher, Metro Mix South Florida, November 17,

Full House’: recodos alternativos de la creacion contemporanea local, Adriana Herrera

El Nuevo Herald, June 28,

2008     The Gang of 13: imagination (and luck) distinguish this year’s Consortium winners, Fabiola Santiago, Miami Herald, August 24,

South Florida Cultural Consortium juried exhibit at the Museum of Art in

Fort Lauderdale, Emma Trelles, Sun-Sentinel, August 3,

Art Finds a Way, Michael Mills, New Times Broward-Palm Beach, July 24, From Kinetic Realism to Surrealistically Sublime, Rachel Galvin,

Cultural Quarterly, Summer 2008 Volume XXI, Number 3

2003     Around Town: Miami, Franklin Einspruch, NYFA Interractive



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