• Mayumi Nogami
    Mayumi Nogami
Mayumi Nogami was born in Tokyo, Japan. She came to Canada as a tourist in 1990 and ended up staying, living in the Canadian Rockies for 8 years. She then moved to Toronto, first studying art at Humber College and later graduating with a major in illustration from Ontario College of Art & Design. Mayumi now resides permanently in Victoria, inspired by the mountains, ocean and the vibrant city.

Painting and drawing have always been a part of my life. All the experience I have gained traveling around the world, discovering new environments, and meeting people from different cultures helps me to be an artist. The memories of places and cultures I have felt give me new ideas and styles. Working with gouache and ink gives me the creative freedom to explore these ideas. It influences how I think about my art. I use bright colour and black line in order to create a burst of energy. My artistic aim is to create work that conveys a sense of this diverse world and also work that can be shared and understood by all people.

The different comments I receive from people about my work always inspire me. I, in turn, love to introduce the beauty and magic of paintings to others.

I create paintings, greeting cards and illustrations using gouache and ink. My objective is to create work that not only conveys my own personal experience, but work that can be shared by all people, no matter how old they are, what language they speak, where they live, or what they enjoy. My goal is to deliver, through painting, a message that is both artistic and meaningful to my audience.


Nov 2012 Winter Original only Art Show in Comox BC
Oct ~ Nov 2012 Oak Bay Art Club Exhibit Cedar Hill Recreation Centre Gallery Cafe, Victoria BC
Oct 2008, 11 & 12 Sidney Fine Art Show Sidney BC
June ~ Sept 2009,11 & 12 Gallery by the sea Exhibit, Sidney BC
Feb 2007 ~ 2012 Look Victoria in Victoria BC
Jul 2006 ~ 2012 Moss Street Paint-In in Victoria BC
Jul 2007,08,~ 12 Gorge on Art in Victoria BC
May ~ Sept 2007 ~ 2012 The Government Street Market in Victoria BC
March ~ Nov 2011 Display at Delta Victoria Ocean Point Resorts & Spa
Dec 2009 ~ Jan 2010 Small work Christmas Exhibition at Victoria Arts Gallery, Victoria
Aug ~ Sept 2010 Solo show Cedar Hill Recreation Centre Gallery Cafe Exhibition, Victoria BC
Nov 2009 Saanich Municipal hall Exhibition, Victoria BC
Nov 2007,09 & 11 Out of Hand Christmas Fair in Victoria BC
Aug 2008 Original only Art Show in Comox BC
Dec 2007 – Present Collections at Gift shop in Sooke Region Museum & Visitor Info Centre
Aug 2007 Sooke Fine Art Show in Sooke BC
Mar 2007 Pacific Festival of the Book Exhibition “The Art of the Book” at Victoria Arts connection Gallery in Victoria BC
Jan 2006 – 2007 Solo show at Ginko Japanese restaurant in Toronto ON
May 2005 & 2007 JIA International Illustration Exhibition at Tokyo in Japan
Jan & Dec 2004 Solo show at Sakakawaya Japanese Bistro in Greek town Toronto ON
Aug 2003 & 2005 Queens West art Crawl Exhibition in Toronto
July 2003 Annual Juried Art Exhibition at Neilson Park Creative Center Etobicoke
June 2003, 04 & 05 Outdoor art shows at Distillery in Toronto ON



Second prize Gallery by the sea 2012, Sidney BC

Third prize Gallery by the sea 2009, Sidney BC

The Most Valuable Illustrator of the Year, Best Illustration of The Year 2004 Competition by Japan Illustrator’s Association (JIA)

First place works on paper and Third place Best of Show, League Representative the 13th Annual League for Innovation Student juried Art Show Regional, Competition at Humber College ON


Illustration / Work Experience

Demonstration at Central Middle school Grade 6/7, Victoria BC in May 2011

Illustration Japonism Victoria monthly newsletter, Victoria Apr 2009-May 2011

Business Card & Logo design, Kimura Enterprise Company, Komuro Construction Co.

Poster 2011 Small farm summit in Calgary, Alberta

CD cover 2007 Japan Illustrator’s Association

Illustration New Years Card 2007 on Web

Illustration Yu-syun magazine 2006, Tokyo

Illustration Nikka Times Weekly news paper May-July 2005, Toronto

Poster design, Front page design Bingo magazine Aug 2004, Toronto



Ontario college of Art and Design, major in illustration Toronto ON

Humber College, Design foundation Toronto ON



JIA- Japan Illustrator association

CACGV – Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria

The Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula

Oak Bay Arts club