Kimiko Ziolkowski was born in Kumamoto, Japan, and moved to Canada in August 1997. Kimiko studied oil painting with Tomoko Sakaguchi, Tokyo, Japan from 1991 and studied Nihonga (Japanese-painting) with Kiyoharu Inoue, from 1994 in Tokyo.
Kimiko specializes in the medium of Nihonga, translated as traditional Japanese painting. The features of Nihonga are its use of powdered, organic mineral pigments instead of oils, bound to Japanese parchment with unique, natural glue.
Kimiko specializes in flowers, although she has done extensive work also in landscape and figures. Since coming to Canada in 1997, Kimiko’s subject matter has embraced West Coast themes.
Kimiko is a regular entrant to Vancouver Island art exhibitions including the Sooke Fine Art Festival and Art in Bloom at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Kimiko sells through Sooke Harbour House Hotel, Peninsula Gallery, and others. Kimiko also teaches regular classes in Nihonga (traditional Japanese painting).. She has also exhibited in many Japanese exhibitions.
Kimiko was awarded the first place (Mayors Trophy) from among the approximately 250 entrants at the Tokyo Kodaira Art Show in fall, 1996 for the Nihonga (Japanese-painting) work, Jakujo (from a Buddhist term, translated as Silent Solitude).