Rikka Ayasaki was born in Tokyo where she studied sumi-e in the Shögazu Suzuki master’s studio. She was also Master of the tea ceremony (Omote-Senké School) as well as a reporter. Her paintings were selected to the Salon d’Automne, Salon des Artistes Français, Salon du Dessin et de la Peinture à l’Eau in Paris.
Sumi-e is a form of ink painting developed in China during the Song dynasty (960-1279) from the practice of Japanese and Chinese calligraphy.
Introduced in Japan in the middle of the 14th century by buddhist monks, it reaches his apogee at the Muromachi period (1328-1573).
Sumi-é painting employs, like Chinese calligraphy, paint-brush, only black ink and all grey shades. Sometimes green, red or blue touch will come in to embellish the drawing. Sumi-é art is a meditation and a thought before drawing, in the materials preparation. The main motifs are : dragonfly, camelia, bamboo, plum tree and chrysanthemum flower.