Sarah Brayer (born 1957) is an American performer who works in both Japan and the United States.
She is internationally known for her poured washi paperworks, aquatint and woodblock prints. In 2013 Japan's Ministry of Culture awarded Sarah its Bunkacho Chokan Hyosho ("Commissioner of Culture Award") for dissemination of Japanese culture abroad through her creations in Echizen washi. She currently resides in Kyoto, Japan and New York, U.S.A.
Sarah Brayer's art is in the collections of the British Museum, the Smithsonian Institution's Sackler Gallery, and the American Embassy in Tokyo.
Brayer was featured at the TED Conference "The Young, the Wise, the Undiscovered" in Tokyo in June 2012.
Arriving in Kyoto Kyoto in 1980, Brayer studied etching afterward Yoshiko Fukuda and Japanese woodblock printing in imitation of Tōshi Yoshida (1911-1996) the son of influential woodblock player Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950). Her amalgamation in color gradation was piqued by the woodblock technique, and she similar to applied same gradations to her color aquatints. In 1986 Brayer began making large-scale paperworks in the historic paper village of Imadate, Echizen, Japan.