Fumio Sawa, left, stands with business partner Walter Bowman with his art piece titled ‘Solitude.'

On Nov. 20, 2020, local Trinidad artist Fumio Sawa donated two artworks to the Sangre De Cristo Arts and Conference Center in Pueblo, Colorado.

Sawa’s first piece titled “Solitude” is on display at the main stairwell and is part of the art center’s permanent collection.

Measuring five square feet, “Solitude” is valued at $20,000 and is one of Sawa’s digital (ink on canvas) creations from his studio in Trinidad, Colorado.

His second piece titled “Mountain Yucca” will be auctioned at the Wonder of Water Gala on June 4, 2021.

Studying fine art in Kyoto, Japan, Sawa refined his talents focusing on both Western and Japanese art.

Working primarily with watercolor and oils for the first 20 years of his career, Sawa has since developed his unique combinations of line drawings.

Developing his art on a Wacom tablet, Sawa spends hours crafting his work using a tablet pen as his brush and a computer screen as his canvas.

His experience in watercolor guides his hand as he explores the limits of his new palette, ranging from thin layers and subtle nuances to bold application of color and form.

Sawa’s pieces are created by layering and interlacing thousands of lines, which produce a sense of depth and contrast.

A solid composition speaks of stability and tradition, while the bold and innovative use of line, color and movement gives a progressive, cutting edge feel.

Sawa relocated to Trinidad, Colorado, in 2014 and opened the Fumio Sawa Fine Art studio, which can be found at 114 East Main Street, Suite A in the new Galleria Building or at www.fumiosawafineart.com.

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