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Moira Hahn - Biography

I've exhibited my fine art throughout the US, with a few shows in Japan and Canada, for over two decades.

In Asian art, I'm inspired by Persian miniatures, Tibetan Thanka paintings, Japanese Ukiyo-e prints, Indian animal drawings and Chinese guardian figures. In Western art, the documentary art of Explorer/ Scientist painters including Martin Johnson Heade, John James Audobon and Karl Bodmer has informed my work. I've traveled all over the Southwest to study petroglyphs, pictographs and Native American visual culture.

Contemporary artists I admire include Hilary Brace, Henry Darger, Daniel Du Plessis, Tim Hawkinson, Jess, William Kentridge, Tom Knechtel, Sarah Perry, Ken Price, Hisashi Tenmyouya and Thomas Woodruff.

My BFA in Drawing and Painting was conferred by the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), in Baltimore, Maryland, through which I took advantage of a mobility program to attend California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts) in Oakland, California. I later studied printmaking at Otis Art Institute, and other art curricula at California State University, Fullerton, where I earned an MFA in 2000.

In my 20s, I studied experimental animation at CalArts, in Valencia, CA, with Jules Engel, and later worked in the animation industry and illustrated books and magazines for The Pushpin Group, an artists' agency in New York. I studied Japanese art in Hawaii and Japan for several years in the 1980s, and later taught studio art at colleges and universities in Southern California.

I am descended from artists on both sides of the family. My dad's parents met in a landscape painting class in upstate New York. So although they had named me for a British ballerina, my parents didn't discourage me from pursuing an interest in drawing from an early age.

Museum Collections

Achenbach Foundation (6)
Berkeley Museum
Cerro Coso College
De Young Museum
Long Beach Museum (2)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Matarango Museum
Oakland Museum
Worcester Museum

Private Collections

Josh Agle
Kirsten Anderson
Slater Barron
Diane & Ed Bernbaum
Dr. Kendall & Kuniko Brown
Nancy Buchanan
Robyn Buntin
Richard & Marsha Cain
Joey Chiarello
Wes Christensen
Dorte Christjansen
Roman Coppola
Aviva Covitz
Debby Doolittle
Isabella Escalante
Cynthia Evans


Daniel Fielding
Sarah Perry & Ed Fowler
Candy & Frank Frost
Jason Gallo
George Geyer
Chuck & Judy Goldstein
Thomas Grayson
Dr. Catherine Heinlein
Catherynne Jean
Robert Flynn Johnston
Christopher Kennedy, Esq.
Saburo & Yasue Kimura
Dr. Sandra Mayo
Karen McCreary
Donna McFarland
John McKenzie
John & Kuniko McVey
Carol Miura & Karl Tani
Michael Murtaugh
Hal Nelson
Carol Norcross
Michael Patris
Gaby & Kirk Pickler
Daniel du Plessis
Anita & Terry Plummer
Patricia Raz
David Richmond, Esq.
Andy & Darcy Romanoff
Jason & Paige Scheier


Molly Schulps
Mike Schultz
Joyce Patti & Tim Seymour
Dr. Robert Harshorn Shimshak
Jim & Patsy Starrett
Annie Stromquist
Jon Swihart
Adam Teraoka
Masami Teraoka
Barbara Thomason
Nerina Titus
Dr. Gilbert Unatin
Bob & Janet Ward
David & Hiromi Warren
Les & Karen Weinstein
Jim Woodring
David Woolf