'Sumi' means black ink and ‚'e' represents both, the way and the painting.

The simplicity of the means paired with the meditative concentration on the essential is what makes Sumi-e painting so special.

The objects are painted in black ink, up to all possible shades of grey, which can be achieved by diluting them with water.

Sumi-e captures the essence of nature and adapts itself to the rhythmic movement of the mind.

There are four main themes in traditional Chinese and Japanese painting: landscapes, portraits, birds and animals, flowers and plants./p>


'Shodō' (The Way of Writing) describes the art of writing Kanji and Kana characters with a brush dipped in ink.

This art is also used in Japan as a form of meditation.

The calligraphy works reflect a Japanese aesthetic concept: Wabi-Sabi.

The concept of the perception of beauty, simplicity and delicacy, reduced to a minimum in their representation.

Calligraphy was also part of the training of the Samurai class, the swordsmen of Japanese society. The brush played an almost as important role as the sword.

Sumi-e | Shodō