Sumire Skye Taniai was born in Yamaguchi prefecture in Japan, and has been living in the states for 18 years. She received her BFA in painting from University of Missouri in 2016 and received an MFA with a full merit scholarship from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2019.
"It is such a privilege to have lived and experienced two countries on somewhat of an equal level. They are always mingled and tangled together within me, sometimes harmonious, other times they are wrangling and at war with each other. They shaped who I am, it is my identity. My work will always be about the experiences of these two countries, even when I don’t intend to."