My name is Russell Miyaki. I am a contemporary artist and creative director in New York city, and an artist at Metro Art Studios in Bridgeport, Connecticut. I am a 3rd generation Japanese American born and raised in New Mexico. Went to school in Colorado graduating with honors, and majoring in advertising design and illustration. I am inspired by many artists from all centuries like William De Kooning, Lee Krasner, Franz Marc, Juan Gris and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Like a lot of people, I needed to escape the negative energy, the anger, and unhappiness going on in the world and focus on positivity, happiness, and finding common ground. So I gravitated to the most simplest expressions and feelings of positive energy, happiness and fun. It’s not enough to say that I enjoy art. Art is the extroverted balance of my reclusive characteristics. It’s my visual way to connect to the world and talk to myself. But at the same time, I have an enormous empathy for other people’s lives and feelings so much that I am 100% fulfilled if I connect someone’s life to a joyful, positive moment through my work.