Art People Gallery presents Acclaimed Contemporary Artist Reiko Muranaga in her “Letter to Monet” Solo Exhibit, December 1-31

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Art People Gallery, one of San Francisco’s premier contemporary art galleries, presents the latest works of internationally acclaimed artist Reiko Muranaga in her “Letter to Monet” collection.

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In July 2004, during a visit to Musee Marmottan in Paris, Japanese artist Reiko Muranaga was deeply moved by Monet’s painting “Impression – Soleil Levant” (“Impression – Rising Sun”), the very painting that gave Impressionism its name. Two days after returning to her studio in San Francisco, Muranaga began working on what was to become her hundred-page long “Letter to Monet,” a collection inspired by Monet’s masterpiece at Musee Marmottan. Muranaga’s solo exhibit at Art People Gallery, Dec. 1-31, will feature the latest creations of her acclaimed collection.

After studying at Stanford under the tutelage of Nathan Oliveira in 1989-1990, Muranaga began a journey that would eventually lead her to singlehandedly create a whole new genre: Abstract Impressionism. In her work, the traditional calligraphy brush strokes learnt while growing up in Japan come together to produce explosions of colors reminiscent of tropical flowers, underwater gardens, and vibrant birds of paradise. Air and fire rush through her canvases, suggesting movement and oftentimes overwhelming energy. As evidenced by an ever-growing list of collectors, Muranaga’s work elicits a profound emotional response on the part of the viewer.

After seven years of numerous sold-out exhibits, Muranaga’s “Letter to Monet” paintings have witnessed an increase in value of 400 percent. To date, thirty of the works from her “Letter to Monet” series belong to the permanent corporate collection of San Francisco’s Hotel Nikko.

Reiko Muranaga’s “Letter to Monet” paintings can be seen at Art People Gallery, located in San Francisco’s Financial District. The Opening Reception for Muranaga’s Solo Exhibit is scheduled for Thursday, December 1st, 2011 from 4-7pm.

To learn more about Muranaga’s “Letter to Monet” collection, go to

Art People Gallery is located in the Crocker Galleria, 50 Post St., in the heart of the financial district, near Union Square’s exclusive shopping area, close to the MOMA and the Jewish Museum. Art People is a full service gallery that specializes in contemporary fine art painting and sculpture by Bay Area and international artists. Art People also offers residential and corporate placement services including art rental programs, consulting and installation.

Art People Gallery is open Mondays through Fridays 10am-6pm, and on Saturdays from 11am-5pm.

For more information, contact Ali Meamar at (415) 956-3650 or at You can also become a follower of ArtPeople Gallery’s Facebook page.


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