Mayuko Ono Gray is a Houston-based artist who primarily works in graphite. Born in Japan, she trained in traditional Japanese calligraphy in her childhood and classical Western drawing in her teenage years. After high school, she moved to the US, earning her MFA from the University of Houston. Ono Gray hybridizes her culturally Japanese and American life and the evolution of her artistic path while bridging East and West and exploring concepts of existence and impermanence. Her methods follow classical Asian art combining words and imagery — depicting people, animals, and still lives alongside Japanese proverbs written with hiragana and kanji characters.