Toshiko Kamiyama creates two kinds of art in her kamiArt studio that at first glance seem very different: three-dimensional paper sculpture and digital flat work. However, if you look more carefully, you will notice the similarities. Both kinds of art are intricate in detail, whimsical in style, and influenced by Japanese culture. Toshiko was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. As a child, she loved watching animation and tradition puppet shows, playing with dolls and miniature tea sets, and collecting products from Hello Kitty and other beloved Japanese characters. She went to Boston, where she studied fine art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. It was there she first created her unique style of three-dimensional paper sculpture while making a stop-motion animation film. She resides in San Francisco, where she enjoys its culture, art, diversity, scenery, and fine food. Her mixed Japanese and Western background combine in unusual ways and are reflected in her work.