Born in 1957 in Tokyo. He lives in Ibaraki Prefecture.
Miyajima makes art based on the three concepts of ‘Keep changing', ‘Connect with everything' and ‘Continue forever'. Since 1987 he has been working with LED digital counters. The counters he uses can count from 1 to 9 but they never display 0 (instead they go blank). They also count at different speeds, thereby serving as metaphors for life and the cycle of transmigration.
"Far Line 38" (2008), consisting of 110 blue LEDs, was first presented at Seoul's Mongin Art Center in 2008. Considering that the title derives from the 38th parallel, the name commonly used to describe the line on the Korean Peninsula dividing the areas effectively controlled by the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, one could say that this work represents all the lives and time lost as a result of the process whereby this line came into being.