Yuria Okamura is a Melbourne-based artist whose practice encompasses drawing, painting and installation. Okamura brings together and reinterprets diverse metaphysical imaginings from across cultures through the utopian language of geometry and diagrammatic aesthetics, referencing patterns in nature, esoteric symbolism, alchemical diagrams, religious architecture and decoration, and spiritualist abstract painting. She also deploys wall drawing to create immersive installations by using architecture and gardens as visual metaphors. Positing the garden as a site of harmony, she combines geometric and botanical imageries and enshrines nature within imagined architecture. In this way, her work envisions an open-ended contemplative space where nature and culture, and the physical and metaphysical worlds come together.
Okamura holds an MFA (Research) from the University of Melbourne and a BFA (Honours) from RMIT University. She has been awarded Australia Council Career Development Grant, Stuart Black Memorial Scholarship, Ursula Hoff Institute Drawing Award, Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award, RMIT Honours Travelling Endowment Scholarship, Sanskriti Kendra Residency (India), The Studios at MASS MoCA (USA), Abbotsford Convent Studio Residency (Australia), Bayside City Council Residency (Australia) and Takt Artist Residency (Germany). She has exhibited at Daine Singer, Incinerator Gallery, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, La Trobe Art Institute, C3 Contemporary Art Space, Anna Pappas Gallery, Five Walls, Tributary Projects (Canberra), Kunstraum Tapir (Berlin, Germany), Langford 120, Seventh Gallery, Japan Foundation Gallery (Sydney), and Mølla På Grim (Kristiansand, Norway). Her work has been featured in international art magazines including Fukt (Germany) and Create Magazine (USA).