Makiko Harris was born in Breda, The Netherlands and has lived in Tokyo, Boston, New York and Sonoma, CA. She studied Philosophy and Studio Art at Tufts University (B.A. 2011), through which she considered feminism, philosophy of art, aesthetics, and textiles. After graduation, she worked as a costume design assistant on movie sets in New York and later worked in the fashion industry. Eventually, she moved back to the West Coast and transitioned to digital product design. She now runs a design consulting business, Silent Howl Studios, alongside her art practice.
In San Francisco, Makiko has continued her arts education through art history classes at San Francisco City College as well as multiple studies of Abstraction at the California College of the Arts under the supportive mentorship of Patrick Dintino. Currently, Makiko is a Studio Artist at Root Division – an organization that supports emerging artists by providing subsidized studio space and professional development support.
She currently lives with her husband in the Castro neighborhood in San Francisco. They’re considering getting a dog, but for now they have a lot of plants.