Known to many as the "Matisse of Japan," Mayumi Oda has done extensive work with female goddess imagery. Born to a Buddhist family in Japan in 1941, Mayumi graduated from Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Pratt Institute in New York. From 1969 to the present, Mayumi has exhibited over 50 one-woman shows throughout the world. Her artwork is also part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), The Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA), Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, CT), Library of Congress (Washington, DC) and many others. In addition to her work as an artist, Mayumi has spent many years of her life as a global activist participating in anti-nuclear campaigns worldwide. In 2000, she started Ginger Hill, a farm and a retreat center on the Big Island of Hawaii. Mayumi currently lives with her family at Ginger Hill Farm and travels worldwide, teaching workshops in creativity and self-realization.