Makito Inomata

b. 1976, Nanaimo, Canada
Lives and works in Vancouver.

Makito was born in the temperate rainforests of Vancouver Island where he grew up surrounded not only by the lush biodiversity of nature but also by the rich cultural diversity that is significant to Canada.

He has been working as a commercial photographer for over 15 years. During the outbreak of COVID,  he decided to shift his aesthetic sensibilities to his fine art practice. 

His work is about exploring the complex nature of emotions, and capturing the hidden beauty surrounding our everyday spaces. He works in both mixed media collage and photography. 

Select works can be found at Art Rental and Sales operated by the Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC


2006   Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD University), Bachelors of Design (Honours), Halifax, NS 

2004   Vancouver Island University, Graphic Design Diploma, Nanaimo, BC 


2023   Praxis Gallery, The Still Life, directors choice award
2022   Graphis, Photography Annual, gold
2021   Graphis, Photography Annual, gold 
2020   Applied Arts, Photography Annual, winner 
2019   Graphis, Photography Annual, gold 
2018   Graphis, Photography Annual, silver
2017   Graphis, Photography Annual, gold 
2016   Communication Arts, Advertising Annual, winner 
2016   Graphis, Photography Annual, gold 
2015   Graphis, Photography Annual, silver 
2014   Communication Arts, Photography Annual, winner
1991   Wendy's, Restaurant, employee of the month


2023   The Still Life, Praxis Gallery and Photographic Art CenterMinneapolis, MN                

2012    Unassisted, Photohaus Gallery,
Vancouver, BC

Photo: Mark Mizgala

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