Megumi Ohata is a London-based interdisciplinary artist and special effects makeup artist (SFX MUA) who is of primarily Japanese heritage, with a mixed Korean background. They are renowned for their innovative works marked by the use of SFX techniques and unique artificial skin fabrics imprinted with their own skin textures. This inventive approach has been well-received by collaborators and creatives globally, fostering opportunities in cities such as Tokyo and London.
Ohata achieved a First Class Honours Degree in BA (Hons) Illustration at the Camberwell College of Art, University of the Arts London, in 2019. They later received a Graduate Diploma in Art & Design (Fine Art) from the Royal College of Art in 2021.
Among their notable achievements, Ohata was a runner-up for the Batsford Prize 2019 in the fashion category and delivered an artist talk Reimagining Human Body at the Tate Modern in 2023. In 2022, they were awarded The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Arts & Culture grant for their upcoming 2023 show in Hiroshima, as part of an artist collective.
As an expatriate Japanese artist with mixed Korean heritage, Ohata is deeply committed to promoting unique cross-cultural exchanges through their art. They regularly collaborate with artists from various nationalities and organise projects that test and expand the boundaries of artistic expression.