Maki Horanai was born in Japan and presently lives in South East Queensland , Australia . She grew up in small seaside villages in Hokkaido, northern Japan, where she often sat or played along the beach.
Maki's early influences were the ocean, the shore, the birds and islands she saw both in reality and in her imagination. She began painting in high school and continued through college and graduate school where she was strongly influenced by the colours and themes of western religious/iconic art.
Maki has exhibited widely in Japan and Australia , always affecting people who "see" her art deeply. Maki's paintings show a world that exists both nowhere and everywhere, in the real world and in our dreams. They display a combination of oriental and western sensibilities and defy single term categories.