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My Works are in the Two Venues in April-May.






Long Island City


April 28~May 30.



About this art work: I made this work when I was  isolated at home during Covid-19 Pandemic. At that time, my aged mother was dying, but I couldn't return to Japan because of the travel restrictions.


While I felt powerless in the reality that human life is ephemeral, various images and sounds came to my mind and I could hear them. The mask of an old woman for Noh play, the crow with three legs that are the messenger of the god, and a Japanese spirit/ ghost of AMABIE that wishes the extinction of the plague. And a sublime song: Vide cor Meum (See my Heart) from the movie, Hannibal. The elements that usually don’t mesh well have become one image in me. 


Instead of the lines, the text of the lyrics and my original poem are used to draw the image.

You will find my poem and lyrics in latin and English in the drawing.


Following is the text you find in the drawing.


Vide cor meum (See my heart) is an aria composed by Irish composer Patrick Cassidy based on Dante Alighieri's Vita Nova, specifically on the sonnet A ciascun'alma presa, third chapter.


E pensando di lei (Florentin dialect)
Mi sopragiunse un soave sonno
Ego dominus tuus (Latin)
Vide cor tuum
E d'esto cor ardendo (Florentin dialect)
Cor tuum (Latin)
Umilmente pascea (Florentin dialect)
Appresso gir lo ne vedea piangendo
La letizia si convertia in amarissimo pianto
Io sono in pace
Cor meum (Latin)
Io sono in pace (Florentin dialect)
Vide cor meum (Latin)

And thinking of her (Beatrice)
A sweet sleep came over me
I am your master
See your heart
And of this burning heart
Your heart
She trembling, Humbly eats.
Weeping when I saw him, then depart from me
Joy is converted to bitterest tears
I am in peace
My heart
I am in peace
See my heart


Reply poem by Ayakoh Furukawa-Leonart


Between Day and Night

Good and Evil

Between Life and death

There are a beginning and an end.

We wonder where we are now

There is no point you can tell

Everything is connected

Everything continues



Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Williamsburg,Brooklyn


The 23rd Annual WAH Salon Show

Show Dates: Sat. April 9 – Sun. May 1, 2022

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 9, 3-5 PM



In the Small Gallery: Carmen Frank’s Memorial Show

Special Demonstration Event: Sunday, May 1, 1:30pm – 5:00pm 

The Salon show ends with the demonstrations of  
Egg Tempera by Eileen Kennedy and Encaustic by Regina Bernadette Quinn

Gallery Hours: Sat. & Sun. 1:00pm – 5:00pm 

































You will find the text below in this drawing:




Graphite Acrylic ink on paper

79 cm (W) x 168 cm (H), 2010


These works are at the Plaxall Gallery.  I recreated them.  Ten years of my life add new aspect on them.


I have been a member of Long Island City Artist Association  and  have had my studio space in LIC since 2007.


It is important to support local artist community.


I am a part of Long Island City art community artists exhibition, Burn This  at a art space Factory in Long Island City.


I teach Sumi-e occasionally and here I show a Sumi-e influenced painting:  YODOMI:Debris of Thoughts. Sumi, watercolor on Rice paper mounted on canvas  30x 36 inches, 2019


Year 2018 had been terribly busy for me to work for two big exhibitions  for me and fellow artists.    




Yet, I created this huge work 42 x 64 inches.

Title is " Akiko's Heart." 


The message text ,based on Akiko Yosano's famous poem, keeps telling you that you should not perish life for war.  


Again and again... hundreds of thousand of times.


Making a text drawing is like a prayer.


The face is Machiko Kyo who stared in Akira Kurosawa's movie, RASHOMON.


“Off the Wall” The Plaxall Gallery, L.I.C, NY

“What An Artful Life: Japanese American Artists Group Show” Tenri Cultural Institute, New York NY Until Jan. 2019

International Art Bridge Exhibition in New York, Tenri Cultural Institue, New York.


The 46th  Annual Exhibition of Japanese Artists Association of New York, Tenri Cultural Institute, New York, NY

The What An Artful Life was successfully ended. I have made much effort to promote fellow Japanese American artists who have practiced art making more than 25 years in New York against all odds... 


My paintings are selected toThe 22nd Osaka ArtMove.






 One day art event with fellow artists at Studio 34 Building.


Studio 34 Group Show

3.16.17/ 6-9pm

In conjunction with LIC Open Gallery Night


34-01 38th Ave. 4th Floor

Long Island City

 Between 34th and 35th ST



Japanese Artist Association of New York

Annual Exhibition

at Tenri Gallery 

in GreenwichVillage





This organization was founded in 1972!!

Single artist-run organization in the US.







Ayakoh Furukawa-Leonart
Solo Exhibition
June 15 - June 26, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday June 17, 2016, from 6 to 8 pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 1-7 pm
Last Day: until 5 pm.
Gallery onetwentyeight is pleased to announce the opening of the solo exhibition: Can Art Be A Form of Prayer? by Ayakoh Furukawa-Leonart.
Her recent life-sized drawings dealing with social issues will be exhibited.
"Perhaps my art is not sophisticated. 
My work has nothing to do with digital gadgets and even less to do with digital media.  
I have always been able to draw what I see; what I think.
You may think that my work is conceptually naive.
However, I enjoy freedom of expressing my interests and concerns without being bounded by my Master of Fine Arts degree. 
I believe that Art should reflect humanity and  will eventually return to "human hands" after fashions and designs.
Once I drew a piece of wisdom in a fortune cookie that I found with Chinese take-out food several years ago. 
The message was 'You shake the world in a quiet way’.  It has always stayed in my mind.  
I wonder if my art can shake this world in a quiet way.  Can art be a form of prayer?"
-----Ayakoh Furukawa-Leonart
 About the image above
Ayakoh Furukawa-Leonart  "My Brother Don’t You Dare Lay Down Your Life (part of the work), 2016 
Ayakoh Furukawa-Leonart (a.k.a. Ayakoh Furukawa) originally from Japan lives and works in New York.
She holds both BFA and MFA degrees from Hunter College, the City University of New York.
onetwentyeight 128 Rivington Street, New York, NY 10002 - galleryonetwentyeight.org -

My two text drawings/calligrams are on the view at this art fair.



MAY 709, 2016

International Art Bridge member exhibition

@ Gallery Irohani, Sakai city in Osaka, Japan

April 15~27, 2016

This is the first time group show in Japan in a long time since I left Japan in 2000.  

I look forward to see artists in my hometown.












Citi Bank Building in Long Island City

March 1-31, 2016


My hamsters are selected for this opportunity.














LICArtists group show at

Atlantic Gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan.

 February 9-20, 2016



Atlantic Gallery

548W 28th ST, Suite 540

Gallery Hours

Tues-Sat. 12-6 pm

Thurs. evenings 6-8 pm


I will show two muslim women praying for peace.  The drawings are done by text from the poem by Akiko Yosano.


My drawings from 100 Crying Animals are selected!

Come Enjoy Our Dog Shows!

Show Dates: Saturday, November 7 - Sunday, December 6, 2015

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 74-6PM



2 -D Works in the Small Gallery

 With Special Guest Artists:
William Wegman: Internationally known photographer for his Weimaraners
Eric Ginsburg: Internationally known for his portrait of Dogs

 Curated by Yuko Nii




Top Row: Ayakoh Furukawa, Drema Montgomery, Keaton Vanderwerff
Middle Row: Julie Joy Saypoff
Bottom Row: Fred Gutzeiti, Kathlyn Wilson, Evan Schwartz

About WAH Bridges Dog:
“Man’s Best Friend” has always been the phrase that captures the outpouring of care and affection that we feel and display towards our furry little comrade, the dog. In our small gallery, we are exhibiting two dimensional works that depict "Man's Best Friend." including painting, drawing, watercolor, print, and photography, along with the works by our “Special Guest Artist," the internationally known photographer, William Wegman and the internationally known painter Eric Ginsburg.


Photographs by William Wegman and Paintings by Eric Ginsberg

Participating Artists in WAH Bridges Dog:
Kyle Anthony, Andranik Aroutiounian, Jenny, Belin, Kira Birney, Karen Cintron, Carlos Couto, Steven David, Sarah Davis, Alexandra Di Luccia, Debra Friedkin, Jeffrey Friedkin, Ayakoh Furukawa, Fred Gutzeit, Iku Higuchi, Halona Hilbertz, Yuko K., Eric Lau, Barbara Lubliner, David Marrell, Drema Montgomery, Shuto Okayasu, Julie Eisenberg Pittman, Renee Porfido, Tina Psoinos, Alanna Rivera, Julie Joy Saypoff, Evan Schwartz, Marlelis Seyler, Robert Tagle, Janice Tieken, Rumi Tsuda, Jania Vanderwerff, Keaton Vanderwerff,  Kathlyn Wilson

Long Island City Artists

at the Falchi

Members Salon Exhibition

October 3-31, 2015

The space is open on Sat & Sun, 12-6 pm

Falchi building

31-00  47th Street, LIC

more info:  www.licartists.org

I am standing with my husband in front of the drawings of a born-artist piglets who resists to be bacon. 

****Works are on sale.




at gallery onetwentyeight

I am very honored that I could join this exhibition.  My art is my voice about the issue.  My voice is not loud but quietly shakes your heat.  I made three small drawing of Little Red Riding Hood : Hispanic, While and Black girls.

Gallery's press release says:

What is the racial reality of life today?  It does seem to be a different experience of you're black rather than white in this country.  It does seem this way.  But we are just one race--The Human Race.


Japanese Artists Association of New York: The 43rd Annual Exhibition.

I found this association in 1998 while I was visiting New York for the group show in SOHO.  They accepted me as a member in 1999.  I had been an active member for 10 years and had been an president for last two years.  I left the Association in 2009 and returned this year!  I think it is very important to know that you are a member of Japanese Art Community.  Most importantly it is very important to know Japanese Artists who have survived in this New York art scene more than 50 years!  I respect them.    The Association gave me "The Keizo Suyemura Award" who had lived as an artist in New York and died last year.  This is very honorable award.


Please open my resume to know the event before 2015