Photo by Natalia Seth
Artist + organizer Ameya Okamoto is a dynamic 22-year-old whose creative work lives at the intersections of art and social justice. Using accessible materials like wheatpaste, permanent marker, spray paint, and posters from digital artworks, she curates workshops and art actions, creating opportunities for group healing through the collaborative processing of violence, memorialization, and generational trauma. Ameya invites viewers to participate in the performance of protest and resistance through art-making. Her work has been profiled by Paper Magazine, NPR and Hyperallergic among others. In 2018, Ameya was announced a YoungArts Finalist in Visual Art and US Presidential Scholar in Art and was included in the NY Post's top 6 rising art stars at Miami Art Basel. She is a 2019 Adobe Creativity Scholar, 2020 Laidlaw Research Fellow, and the recipient of a 2022 Project for Peace Grant. Ameya is currently researching the role of protest art in social movements and sustainable beautification. She is the founder and creative director of IRRESISTIBLE, creating art for social change, and the Director of Artistic Programming for the Boston-based art collective AIR: The Artist Initiative for the Revolution.
Ameya is a current student at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a cosmetology student at A Plus Nail School, working towards her nail tech license.