Hana Usui (*1974 Tokyo) moved to Vienna after completing her calligraphy studies in Tokyo in 2000. One reason for this decision was to emancipate herself from the cultural imprint of her home country and the calligraphy experience. The forces that had to be mobilised to liberate her from her familiar patterns set a creative potential free for all that was to follow. This applies to the rich vocabulary of the lines, the way of combining the drawing and the painterly, the spatial perception, the various contextual references that remain in a way unspecific. The intensity of the works is strengthened by their restrained composure. Hana Usui has participated in Museum exhibitions in, amongst others, the Metropolitan Art Museum Tokyo, the Museum Residenzgalerie Salzburg, The Kupferstich-Kabinett of the State Art Collections of Dresden, and the Kupferstichkabinett der Staatlichen Museen Berlin. The solo exhibition “Schwarzer Regen” (Black Rain) in 2015 in Bildraum 01 in Vienna was widely received internationally. In the 2018 April issue of the Kunstforum, Hana Usui is represented in the section “Zeichnen zur Zeit” (Drawing of our time), edited by Reinhard Ermen. Her works belong in the collections of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Berlin, the Kunsthalle Bremen, the Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, the Albertina in Vienna.