“Wendy Maruyama (born 1952) is an artist, furniture maker, and educator from California. She was influential in the early period of post-modern artistic furniture. She challenged the masculine environments within the field of woodworking. Her work uses humor, social commentary, sculptural forms, and color to challenge the accepted notions of furniture. Conceptually her work deals with social practices such as her Japanese-American heritage, feminism, and wildlife endangerment in Africa. Maruyama served as the head of the Furniture Design department at San Diego State University for 35 years.
Currently head of the Furniture Design Program at San Diego State University, Wendy has been at the forefront of contemporary studio furniture makers since she entered the field in 1979. Rather than treating her furniture as a traditional object of utility, her work assumes a sense of character and human emotion. Wendy's commissions and experimental works combine traditional techniques and training with a commitment to sculptural shapes, painted surfaces, and expressive content.”