Japanese artist Fumiko Toda grew up in a countryside in Japan. Young Toda often escaped to a nearby pond where she would observe insects and bugs for hours. These tiny creatures eventually worked their way into her artwork, where they remain to this day. She eventually studied at the Sugii Art Institution in Mie, and graduated from Kyoto University of Art and Design in 2000.In 2001, Toda moved to New York City, where she studied painting at the National Academy of Fine Art. Toda moves seamlessly between the realms of painting and printmaking and has exhibited her work extensively. Her paintings and prints have an obsessive quality of intricate detail, repetition of forms and patterns, all rendered with colors so vibrant, as to appear as if they were ground from pure minerals and substances found only in nature, or in the insects themselves..Recent solo and 2 person exhibitions include Tim Liddy and Fumiko Toda at ZIA|Gallery (Chicago) in 2013, “Recent Painting” in 2012 and "Illuminated & Adored" in 2010 at Susan Eley Fine Art (NYC) and "Recent Insects" in 2009 at the Safe-T Gallery, (Dumbo, NYC) Group exhibitions include Matrix to Impression: Contemporary and Modern prints at Madelyn Jordon Fine Art Gallery, NYC and The Second Bangkok Triennale International Print and Drawing Exhibition,Thailand. In 2008, Toda participated in the 183rd Annual An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art at The National Academy Museum, NYC.