Mayumi Oda was born into a Buddhist family in Yokyo, Japan in 1941. She graduated from the Tokyo University of Fine Arts in 1966 and went to New York where she studied at the Pratt Graphic Center from 1966 to 1968. Settling initially in Princeton, NJ and then moving to Northern California, the artist currently resides in Hawaii. She has exhibited widely throughout the United States, Europe and Japan.
Oda employs the mediums of silkscreening and Japanese stencil printing. Her subjects are often female nudes with buxom hips and breasts and small, short arms. Well known for her bold, colorful silkscreens depicting goddesses, Mayumi Oda has also illustrated many books and written several as well.
Her collections can be found in Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Art and others.