Mino Watanabe – Artist / Illustrator

About Me

Mino Watanabe was born in Nagoya, Japan. After receiving her art degree from Nagoya Zokei University, Mino several years as a commercial illustrator. In 2005, she moved to America to continue pursuing fine art and illustration by exhibiting her work in galleries and illustrating for children’ books and other publications.

At three years old, Mino was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome: a genetic condition that adversely affects one’s connective tissues. Despite her visual impairment, Mino embraces the visual arts, which allows her to work within the extreme limits of her visual field.

While viewing her work, you may notice a similar thread of inspiration in Mino’s art combining nature, food, and fairy-tale. And since she delicately works merely inches away from her painting surfaces, you may also find a subtle part of Mino’s creative spirit in each piece.



Anton Art Center: Artists’ Choice Group Show
Paint Creek Center for the Arts:
Me! Me? Me. Exhibition
Starkweather Arts Center
: 59th Annual Thumb Area Artists’ Exhibition – Honorble Mention
Riverside Art Center: Interdependence
Anton Art Center: Rainbow Show – 2nd Prize
Anton Art Center: 2019 Members Exhibition
Anton Art Center: Postcarded Exhibition
Anton Art Center: Gold Show – 3rd Prize


Anton Art Center: Holiday Market 2018
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center: Holiday Shop 2018
Paint Creek Center of the Arts: 2018 Holiday Art Market


Anton Art Center: 2017 Holiday Market
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center: Holiday Shop 2017
Paint Creek Center of the Arts: 2017 Holiday Art Market
Art! Macomb Art Fair


Anton Art Center: Solo Exhibit
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center: Holiday Shop 2016
Anton Art Center: Members’ Exhibition 2016
Anton Art Center: Michigan Annual XLIII


The Gallery at Marygrove College: SMALLISH – Small Works Holiday Show
Detroit Artists Market: Art for the Holidays exhibition
Anton Art Center: Christmas Market
Anton Art Center: Members Only: 45th Anniversary Show – People’s Choice Award – Best of Show


ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal: Published for the Pets issue


Grosse Pointe Art Center: 75th Member’s Show
The Shoe Factory Art Co-op: Green: What Does It Mean Exhibition
Piermont Straus: Green Acres & Simple Pleasures Exhibition
Detroit Artist Market: Garden Party Exhibition


Grosse Pointe Art Center: Holiday Show
Padzieski Art Gallery: All Media Miniature Art Exhibition
Pittmann-Puckett Gallery: Community College Exhibition
Pittmann-Puckett Gallery: All-Media Group Exhibition

2006 – 2009

The Future Gallery: Group Exhibition 2009
The Future Gallery: Group Exhibition 2008
Paint Creek Center of the Arts: Featured Artist 2007
Detroit Artist Market: 75th Anniversary Exhibition 2007
Detroit Artist Market: Elements Gallery – Featured Artist 2006
Detroit Artist Market: Member’s Invitational 2006
Starkweather Arts Center: Auction Donations 2006