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Akiko Tanaka & Jurgen Ziesmann: Bio Diversity

Akiko Tanaka grew up in Japan before relocating to Virginia. She is a ceramic sculptor now living in Hampton Roads. Her exotic, animated forms reference the fantastic oddities in nature, half inspired by actual biological structures found in lichens, mosses and undersea life, and half from her own imagination.

Jurgen Ziesmann a native of Germany, comes to painting through a long professional life as a biology professor at the University of Lynchburg. His magical, dancing drawings of biological anatomies and processes, are not too very far removed from the reality of the organisms he studied under his microscope. Through his paintings he shares the dynamic mysteries of life's secrets, with just a little additional artistic license..