Guardians of Compassion, Images of Kwan Yin by Mayumi Oda

Guardians of Compassion, Images of Kwan Yin by Mayumi Oda
January 24, 2017 Robyn Buntin of Honolulu

March 31st to April 30, 2017

Fluid and spontaneous, Mayumi Oda’s artwork reflects her genuine and generous spirit.  In her personal life, the Buddhist figure of Kannon has been a powerful inspiration and has led to the creation of many of her prints and paintings.

Please join us as we celebrate her new works and her 50 years as an acclaimed artist, author, activist, organic farmer, and Zen teacher!

Special Events

Friday, March 31st

3pm to 6pm Book Signing of Sarasvati’s Gift
Meet Mayumi & see her new book

Saturday, April 1st

2pm to 4pm  Meet the Artist
2:30pm Kannon’s Compassion

Sunday, April 2nd

10am to 12 noon  Meet the Artist
10:30am  50 Years of Printmaking:
                  Serigraphs & *New* Etchings


Kannon, the Bodhisattva of Compassion

Avalokitesvara, Kwan Yin, Guan Yin, and Kanzeon are among the many names given to this Goddess of compassion.  She is among the most beloved deities throughout the Buddhist and Hindu world, offering help and grace to those in need.  As a mortal who attained enlightenment, Kannon could have been released from the wheel of reincarnation but stayed behind to guide other souls through hardship.

About the Artist, Mayumi Oda

Her storied life as an artist began as a small child as Mayumi’s mother sought to bring a joyful creativity early in her daughter’s world. That nuturing instilled a desire to make her mother happy and so, becoming an artist was borne from mutual love and an innate knowing rather than a conscious decision.  Drawing for 12 hours each day for three years in school formed a discipline while honing Mayumi’s eyes, hands, mind to draw anything that she wanted.   As a Zen Buddhist, Mayumi’s father also imbued the importance of concentration and being present – things she embraced even more as an adult practicing Zazen meditation. This was the preparation for a prolific and evolving artistic journey for the next four decades.

Intensely spiritual, sensitive and yet, exceptionally strong-willed for a Japanese woman, Mayumi has always painted authentically, from the heart, never for commercial appeal. As a young woman and emerging artist, Mayumi was highly inspired by female beauty. Painting Goddesses contributed to an inward self-awareness while presenting an outward, positive expression of feminism.  At different periods as a woman, wife, and mother, painting served as an escape, awakening, or expression when life presented challenges and opportunities.  As her art received greater attention, travel and exposure to more people and influences ensued well into the 1980’s leading to diverse subjects, styles, and collections comprising several hundred paintings.  She would come to be known as the “Matisse of Japan”.

From 1969 to the present, Mayumi presented more than 50 solo shows internationally and has numerous private and permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the U.S. library of Congress and more.  By the age of 50, Mayumi had reached unparalleled artistic success for a Japanese woman of her time.


1966 Graduated Tokyo University of Fine Arts

1966-68 Studied Pratt Graphic Center, New York

Political and Environmental Activism

1992 – Founded the PLUTONIUM FREE FUTURE organization in Berkeley, California and Tokyo, Japan to work to publicize the nuclear program in Japan, and stop the shipment of plutonium from France to Japan.

1993 – Co-founded RAINBOW SERPENT INTERNATIONAL in Berkeley, California.

1994-95 – As founder of PLUTONIUM FREE FUTURE, lectured and held workshops on Nuclear Patriarchy to Solar Communities at the United Nations NGO Forum and the Women of Vision Conference in Washington DC.

1996 – Art and Creativity in Personal and Planetary Healing Conference, Presenter

1999 – Launched the campaign WASH (World Atomic Safety Holiday)

2001 – Launched the South Kona Hema Project

2002 – Helped to found the Honaunau Cultural Youth Center

2007 – Raising awareness throughout Hawaiian islands and beyond about military use of DU and its effects on the human body

Mayumi Oda Videos

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Mayumi Oda Books

Merciful Sea
45 Years of Serigraphs

This full color, 107-page book is a catalogue raisonee showing all of Mayumi Oda’s serigraphs, created between 1968 and 2011.
Published by Robyn Buntin of Honolulu, May 2012.


Mayumi Oda Exhibitions at Robyn Buntin of Honolulu Gallery

We have been thrilled to represent Mayumi Oda’s works for more than 20 years and have had some wonderful exhibitions:

Merciful Sea: 45 Years of Serigraphs

Mauka Makai

Mayumi Oda: New Works