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Sanae Yamada was born in Ehime, Japan in 1972. She lives in Malaysia with her Malaysian husband and two children since 2003. She got her bachelor's degree in fine art at Kyoto City University of Art.  After her children grew up, she focused on painting tropical nature. She is inspired by the rich and bountiful nature in Malaysia. 


Natutural blessing in Malaysia made my wish ‘to draw’ come true

For me, there are three conditions needed before I start to draw. There is the time to draw, knowing what I want to draw and the feeling that I want to draw. When all three conditions came together, I painted again around 2014, when my children have grown up, and then I have enough time with room in my mind. I will find a subject that I want to draw when I go out for a morning walk in my neighborhood or I visit the backyard of my in-laws. It is like a treasure hunt. Thanks to my big-hearted Malaysian family and friends who come from diverse cultural backgrounds with their support, I am able to draw freely. There are many surprises under the powerful tropical sun here.  I am surprised to encounter unique plants and animals. Insects come when she is drawing flowers, squirrels, and little birds which gather on the trees for fruits. But I know the sad fact while I am observing and interacting with the nature of Malaysia. Wild animals are forced from their home into rainforests where nature is lost and the environment is degraded in the process of development.  Precious things are lost rapidly. That is why I want to leave my paintings on canvas my feelings with respect and gratitude for nature in Malaysia.






WAU  1 March, 2022

The Star News Paper   14 Feburuary , 2022

Art & Design Web Magazine  Stay- Salty  1 Feburuary, 2022 

『SENYUM 』2018年7月-この人のセニョ〜ム 山田さなえ さん
『TATLER』Malaysian Stories In Pictures: 7 Art March 19, 2018

Education  (学歴)

1996          Bachelor of Fine Art, Kyoto City University of Arts, Sculpture course

Publication (出版)Childrenbook

2023       'Granma's Jungle Foot Massage' by Ritsuko Araki & Sanae Yamada - Oyez!Books

2022       'Sayang Sayang'  by Asami Yamauchi & Sanae Yamada - Oyez!Books

2021       'Goodnight Maya' by Asami Yamauchi & Sanae Yamada - Oyez!Books

Solo Exhibition (個展)

2022         “Stories+Art+ Picturebooks” Sayang Sayang book launch at GMBB Kuala Lumpur

2022         “HERBA” by Museum of Picture Book Art- at GMBB Kuala Lumpur
2018          "Inspiration from Malaysian Tropical Plants" at The Refinery Gallery-Kuala Lumpur

1996          "Cookie picking" at Gallery Kuruse -Osaka, Japan

1996          " Spaghetti Project 96" at Gallery Do -Osaka, Japan  

1995           "Spaghetti Project 95" at Tank Gallery -Osaka, Japan

Group Exhibition (グループ展)

2024          “SHE 2024” KL City Gallery - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2024          “SUSTAINABILITY” Galeri Seni UPSI - Perak, Malaysia

2024          “Art For All” Karya Di Janda Baik - Pahang, Malaysia

2023          “Melayu Serumpun” Muzium Negeri Kelantan - Kelantan, Malaysia, Thailand

2023          “PESTA BUKU KANAK-KANAK SELANGOR” PKNS Complex, Shah Alam - Selangor, Malaysia

2023          “Bond Voyage” Apel Watoe - Borobudur Magelang, Indonesia

2023          “Pameran Seni Visual” Yayasan Negeri Sembilan - Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

2022          “Pameran Panggilan Pulau” Galeri Azman Hashim UMS - Sabah, Malaysia

2022          “Art Connects 2.0” Nature Inspiration Art Gallery (NIAG) - Sabah, Malaysia

2022          “The Power of Stories” 38th IBBY International Congress 2022 - Putrajaya, Malaysia

2022          “Pameran Tepuk Amai-Amai" - National Art Gallery Langkawi, Malaysia

2022          “Welcome to the New World”, Lai Lai Art Gallery  - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2022         ‘“Happy Forest & Healthy Wildlife”, Lai Lai Art Gallery  - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2022          “GUMUM+ISM, International Art Exhibition @Tasik Chini” UKM - Bangi, Malaysia

2022         “Art Lives” , Ming Art Gallery  - Penang, Malaysia
2021          “GUMUM+ISM, International Art Exhibition @Tasik Chini” online - Malaysia

2021          “PAYUNG MERAH” online Exhibition - Malaysia

2021          “ART FOR LIFE: Online Charity Art Exhibition” online Exhibition - Malaysia

2021          "Para sa Kalikasan" at Conrad hotel - Manila, Philippines

2021          "KYOTO Link Project" at Kyocera Museum - Kyoto, Japan

2020         "SEKAKI Kita Jaga Kita" at KL City Gallery - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2020         "PELITAWANIS TNB Charity Auction"- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2020         "Woman Art Exhibition" at Atelier 11 - Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

2020         "SATU masterpiece" at Gleri Shah Alam - Shah Alam, Malaysia

2019           "Hi Izuru Kuni De" at Gallery wks. -  Osaka, Japan

2019           "Festival UrbinoInAcquerello 2019" - Urbino, Italy

2019           "Tell Me A Story" at The Ledge Gallery "Tell Me A Story"  -  1Utama, Petaling Jaya

2019           "S.H.E" at The Ledge Gallery -  1Utama, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

2019           "International Women's Day" at The Refinery Gallery - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2019           "SYNERGISM2019" at Balik Pulau International Art Village  - Penang, Malaysia

2019           "Spring is Coming" at Hulo Hotel Gallery  - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2018           "1st Malaysia international watercolor Biennale" at WhiteBox- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2018           "SYNERGISM" at Robinsons Galleria - Manila, Philippines

2018           "BONDA" at National Art Gallery -Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2016           "My Funny Valentine" at The Refinery Gallery -Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2015           Studio MIU ”Qu'est-ce que c'est ?”- Singapore

2014           "Art Expo Malaysia" -MATRADE Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

1997           "CI VEDIAMO!" at Gallery Ams Naniwa -Osaka, Japan

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