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Birmingham, AL

Chiharu Roach is from Nagoya, Japan where she received her education degree with an emphasis in child psychology. After moving to Birmingham in 2001 and getting her art degree from University of Alabama at Birmingham, she began painting her tangled hair series exploring the spiritual connection between humans and their range of behaviors and emotions. She paints each hair line as a prayer for her clients, the piece’s future owners, and a special friend who is not with her anymore.

Also Chi often portrays cultural differences and stereotypes between Japan and America based on her experiences living in both countries and expresses her mind without using the sound of speech. Now Chi is challenging herself to use 2D as well as 3D art, and mixed media to express themes of memories, spirituality, loss and humanity.Chiharu Roach is a Birmingham, AL artist known for her “Tangled Hair” portraits of females with animals and insects interwoven in the hair of the subject where each strand of hair is intricately painted with her custom tiny brushes.

2024 Festival

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41st Annual MCAC

April 26-28, 2024