Kaori Maeyama is an urban landscape painter born and raised in Fukuoka, Japan. Since arriving in New Orleans alone with one duffel bag in 1994, she worked as a focus puller and a digital audio editor, before devoting herself to analog image making.
She teaches at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts and Tulane University, and is a member of Staple Goods collective in the St. Claude Arts District.
Focusing on decay and isolation of the mundane as the primary subject matter, Kaori uses a tonal palette and visual noise to amplify the passage of time and the atmosphere of ordinary landscapes. Her recent work has been shown at Staple Goods, The Front, LeMieux Galleries, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and reviewed on Gambit Weekly, Louisiana Life Magazine, and Pelican Bomb. In 2020, she participated in the Artist-in-Residency program at Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans.
She holds a BA in film production from the University of New Orleans, and an MFA in painting from Tulane University where she learned to paint indoors without paintbrushes.