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 "The Souls Trembles" by Chiharu Shiota, at TFAM, Taipei
“The Soul Trembles” is the largest exhibition dedicated to the Japanese artist living in Berlin, at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, until October 17, 2021. Around a hundred works are exhibited there, created since the 90s until his last pieces. In addition to large installations, there are sculptures, performance videos, photographs, drawings and materials related to her scenography projects. The exhibition's subtitle refers to the emotions of the heart that cannot be expressed in words, in addition to being a manifestation of thoughts that the artist hopes to convey to others. The Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai also announced the lineup for Chiharu Shiota's exhibition, "The Soul Trembles" (first shown at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo), from December 18, 2021 to March 6, 2022.

"Lightness and Being": a joint exhibition by Chiharu Shiota and Do Ho Suh in Shanghai
From 14 August to 17 October 2021, K11 Shanghai presents a showcase featuring two of Asia's leading contemporary names - Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota and Korean artist Do Ho Suh - in its underground art space, the K11 Chi Art Museum. The poetic threads and fabric of the two artists weave together a narrative that meditates on resonant issues such as life memory and cultural collectivity. Chiharu Shiota's I Hope (2021) is an iteration of her work "Key in the Hand" (2015), which dazzled the world at the 56th Venice Biennale, and the artist's hopeful response to the past year of turbulence that has hit the world. Do Ho Suh's "Hub", London Studio (2015), is a polyester and translucent fabric installation that is a replica of the artist's London studio on a reduced scale.Do Ho Suh's works raise questions about universal concepts of global identity, memory and, above all, the notion of "home".

My Eternal Soul paintings "at the David Zwirner NY gallery

Victoria Miro, Ota Fine Arts and David Zwirner jointly present "My Eternal Soul paintings" by Yayoi Kusama in London, Tokyo and New York. A dynamic installation of the paintings was unveiled at the Victoria Miro in London on June 4, 2021, then at the David Zwirner Gallery, in New York, on June 17, and at Ota Fine Arts, in Tokyo, on June 19, 2021. The artist began to work on "My Eternal Soul series" in 2009 and has moved towards a more intimate format since 2019.

Yayoi Kusama's major exhibition opens in New York City

Postponed due to the pandemic, Yayoi Kusama's exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden opened on Saturday April 10, 2021 until 31 October 2021. Its title "KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature". On view: the funny pumpkins and the sculptures of flowers of the artist and of course her famous infinity rooms ’. “Dancing in our universe, there are noble souls whose magnificent forms are saturated with mystery. I invite you to explore the ever-growing ode to the beauty of love that is my art. ", says the artist.

Yayoi Kusama back to San Antonio's McNay Museum
Yayoi Kusama participates to the exhibition at San Antonio's McNay Museum, TX, Usa, from March 4 to September 19, 2021: "Limitless! Five Women Reshape Contemporary Art ”. An entire room is dedicated to the Japanese actress. Four other women artists are part of the exhibition: Martine Gutierrez, Letitia Huckaby, Sandy Skoglund, and Jennifer Steinkamp.

Yayoi Kusama exhibition at the Tate Gallery, London
The Tate Gallery presents two of the Infinity Mirror Rooms, these immersive installations by Yayoi Kusama, from May 18, 2021 to June 12, 2022.
Yayoi Kusama: endless polka-dots in two retrospectives

Yoshitomo Nara: solo exhibition at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan
Presentation of a solo exhibition by Yoshitomo Nara at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan, from July 24 to October 31, 2021. The exhibition should include the paintings "Miss Moonlight" and "Hazy Humid Day," the latter having been created especially for Taiwan. There will also be works not shown in the current exhibition in Taipei such as a series of photographs titled "Traveling Yamako," or 8 drawings that Yoshitomo Nara created when he was in quarantine in Taiwan last February. The artist had previously indicated that the exhibition was a form of gratitude for Taiwan's generosity and the significant assistance given to Japan after the devastating 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami.


Two major Japanese photographers at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie
From May 19 to October 24, 2021, the Tokyo by Daido Moriyama and Shomei Tomatsu are shown at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, in Paris. The exhibition brings together more than 400 works from the 1950s to the present day. Drawing their inspiration from the city of Tokyo by wandering through its streets and among its inhabitants, Daido Moriyama and his mentor Shomei Tomatsu testify of the particularities of the Japanese society. The exhibition shows a double retrospective and one of the most important exhibitions of Daido Moriyama organized around his work in years. And the first major exhibition of Shomei Tomatsu in France.






Ranked seventh in the world, Japan has great opportunities for the development of auctions as domestic artists are increasingly sought abroad. During the year 2018, more than $ 122.3 million of artworks were sold in Japan, which was a remarkable leap forward. + 31% compared to the performance of 2017, and enviable growth by many of the marketplaces around the world. The Japanese market owes its development to artists who have built an international career during their lifetime like Yayoi Kusama or even Foujita, and like neo-pop artists such as Takashi Murakami or Yoshitomo Nara. Thanks to these signatures, Japan plays a real role on the international market today. Beyond neo-pop, curators, collectors and international galleries give great attention to Japanese avant-garde movements such as Gutaï and Mono-ha (a pioneering art movement that emerged in Tokyo in the mid-1960s) whose artists, instead of making traditional representational artworks, explored other materials and their properties such as stones. The market was really structured around the 2000s due to the activity of "first generation" galleries such as Taka Ishii, Mizuma Gallery or Tomio Koyama but also to Takashi Murakami who woke up the Tokyo art scene with his gallery KaiKai Kiki. In addition to these Japanese reference galleries, Tokyo attracts leading international players as Blum & Poe and Perrotin.


Japanese Artist Profiles - Biographies, Works, Exhibitions & Events


Shiori Eda

SHIORI EDA is a contemporary Japanese painter whose work has been widely noticed by the Japanese media. She also achieved great success at Asia Now, Art fair in Paris, in 2018. Shiori Eda's painting balances between figuration and realism.

Shiori Eda was born in Tokyo in 1983. She graduated from Tokyo Art High School (2002). She entered the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts, specializing in “oil painting” in 2004. She obtained a Master 2 from the Tokyo University of Fine Arts, specializing in “oil painting” (2010 ). She lives and works in France.
Shiori Eda  paints women facing enormous natural disasters. From reflections on the place of a human being confronted with the world, Shiori Eda draws scenes of miniature realities that she reconstructs. Her universe plunges us into the depths of the sky and the water. The artist paints an illusory world that is more authentic than real life.
In her solo exhibition at A2Z Art Gallery in Paris, “Visions Nocturnes”, in 2018, Shiori Eda took us in an unprecedented vision of a painting imbued with Japanese culture in which the artist interprets the reading of her dreams based on everyday facts. Shiori Eda immerses us inside her compositions, magnified by the grandeur of the landscapes, sometimes calm, sometimes moving. Behind an apparent fragility, small naked women try to find their place. In her exhibition at A2Z Art Gallery Hong Kong, "A Water World," in early 2019, she presented vast imaginary landscapes that conceptualized mother nature, surrounded by ocean areas. Naked women inside the paintings continued the dialogue about femininity in Japanese culture.
In her third exhibition entitled “Uni-Vers”, at A2Z Art Gallery, at the end of 2019, Shiori Eda continued to immerse us in landscape painting, while questioning the ancestral dialectic between the One and the All, between Man and the Earth, between Man and the Universe. “Man is a world in miniature. During her "Genesis" exhibition at the A2Z Art Gallery in September 2020, she unveiled a polyptych made up of 6 canvases measuring 100 cm wide by 150 cm high. The artist plunged the viewer into a relationship with Nature, sometimes physical (a woman linked to the five elements: water, wood, earth, fire and metal) sometimes spiritual (a naked woman next to an apple tree. giant reminiscent of the original Eve of the Book of Genesis).
Shiori Eda, represented by A2Z Art Gallery, has already had several exhibitions within the gallery, in Paris and Hong Kong.

Tetsuya Ishida

TETSUYA ISHIDA is a Japanese surrealist painter. He died prematurely in 2005, at the age of 31. With cumulative sales of $ 1,037,213, he ranked 169th in the 2017-2018 Artprice ranking (revenue from sales) of the world art market.
In April 2014, a painting by the artist -"Earthquake / Terremoto"- was sold at Christie's for almost $ 350,000, or 10 times the estimated price, proof of his continued popularity. His work 'Prisoner' was sold at ' United Asian Auctioneer Evening Sale 'in 2012 for nearly $ 820,000.
Tetsuya Ishida was born in Yaizu, Shizuoka, Japan, in 1973. He studied design and illustration at Musashino Art University of Shizuoka Prefecture. He died in a train accident in 2005, at the age of 31.
Tetsuya Ishida explores the dark side of modern life, the dehumanization of a society in favor of mechanization. He paints humanoid figures in surreal environments, reflecting on uncertainty and unease. He based on a portrait of himself who used absurd humor to talk about his emotions. "I tried to make of myself, my weakness, my sad state, my anxiety, a joke or something funny that you can laugh at," the artist said. In "Waiting for a Chance" (1999) for example, Ishida paints a hospital room in which the characters show melancholy and worried faces. Patients sit or lie on abandoned cars in place of beds: a way to relate this emotional atmosphere to questions about the uncertainty of industrial, economic as well as social future of Japan. His deeply unhappy characters are often entangled in constructions or machines, they are representative of his vision of Japan as a soulless, mechanized society.
The retrospective exhibition dedicated to him by the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid in 2019, entitled “Self-Portrait of Other”, brought together 70 works produced by Tetsuya Ishida between 1996 and 2004. These showed the uncertainty and desolation of a Japanese society radically changed by technological advancements and crises that have affected economies and politics around the world. "The artist has worked extensively on incommunication and alienation in a world dominated by uncontrollable forces." "We discovered him at the 2015 Venice Biennale," declared Manuel Borja-Villel, director of the Museo Reina Sofía […] He is an artist who reflects the dystopia of the society in which we live with a precision that almost resembles that of a surgeon ". Tetsuya Ishida captured the fragility of an entire generation although he was not paid attention until 2005, after her death.
Tetsuya Ishida started exhibiting in Japan in 1999; after his death in 2005, the artist's personal exhibitions followed one another in Japan.

Takahiro Kondo

TAKAHIRO KONDO is a renowned contemporary Japanese ceramicist, born into a family of ceramicists who were famous for their sometsuke porcelain (cobalt blue and white porcelain)
Takahiro Kondo was born in 1958 in Kyoto, Japan. He graduated from Kyoto Prefectural Ceramics Technical Institute (1985) and Kyoto Municipal Institute of Industrial Research (1986). He also obtained a Master of Design and Applied Arts awarded, at the Edinburgh College of Art (2002) and a Master degree of Design and Applied Course, Edinburgh College of Art (Inglis Allen Masters of Design Award) (2003). In 1994 he received the Kyoto City Emerging Artist Award. Takahiro Kondo lives and works in Kyoto.
Takahiro Kondo draws his inspiration from the world of nature, with water being a central theme. The artist started creating ceramics when he was twenty years old. When he reached the age of 50, Takahiro Kondo then decided to review his work and his history. This was followed by the creation of a working group in which he mould his own porcelain head and revisited the main glazes, designs, motifs that he had used during his 25 years of work with the clay. It is a very personal series, presenting both masks of death and life, but also a set of works that expresses his concerns about the (deteriorating) relationship between men and nature and the instability of the current economic system which has led to excesses and distortions due to the misuse of resources and imbalances in the distribution of wealth.
This working group ended in 2010 and then exhibited in Japan, New York and London. Soon after, the Tohoku region of Japan was hit by a magnitude 9 earthquake that revived the fear of the nuclear threat. Takahiro Kondo then felt the need to respond to disaster with his art. Thus, from 2014 he created a Series of porcelain sculptures from a mold made on his body, "the Reduction Series". His characters adopt a yogic posture, which makes one think of a return to the artist's roots, to Buddhism, meditation, the gift of oneself. The gintekisai glaze is characteristic of Takahiro Kondo and illustrates his interest in water in all its forms. It is made of a mixture of silver, gold and platinum which forms subtle flows of droplets on the sculpture.
A ceramic sculpture by Takahiro Kondo was on display at the Guimet Museum as part of the “Buddha, the golden legend” exhibition, from June 19 to November 4, 2019. The sculpture, made from a mold on the body of the artist, is covered with glazes, dear to the artist. The Guimet Museum in Paris acquired this work entitled "Reduction". In this sculpture, Takahiro Kondo responds to the 2011 Fukushima tragedy by a scaled-down mold of his body, adopting a yogic position, that of the padsama, when he holds his breath.
Takahiro Kondo has shows all over the world. Let us mention his last personal exhibitions: 2019 "Mizuniwa and Utsuwa, Aquatic Garden and Sky", Gallery Satsu, Tokyo.
Takahiro Kondo Exhibitions
Takahiro Kondo participated in the group exhibition "The Spirit of Japanese Ceramics" at the Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art, Japan, from January 19 to March 29, 2020.

Yayoi Kusama

YAYOI KUSAMA is a Japanese visual artist, a contemporary multidisciplinary artist painter, sculptor, writer, performer. She is famous around the world for her impressive immersive installations. Yayoi Kusama sold at Phillips Auction Hong Kong on December 3, 2020, an artwork titled "Fruits" for HK $ 12,350,000.
Opening of Yayoi Kusama's exhibition at New York Botanical Garden in early April 2021: "KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature".
The Infinity Mirror Rooms are shown at the Tate Gallery in London from May 17, 2021. From April 23 to August 1, 2021, the Gropius Bau in Berlin presents the first major retrospective of Yayoi Kusama
ictoria Miro, Ota Fine Arts and David Zwirner jointly present "My Eternal Soul paintings" by Yayoi Kusama in London, Tokyo and New York in June 2021.
“One with Eternity: Yayoi Kusama in the Hirshhorn Collection,” which was scheduled to be on display at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, from April 4 to September 20, 2020, has been postponed to a later date. The exhibition aims to show the collection of works by Yayoi Kusama by the Hirshhorn Museum including its Infinity Mirror Rooms.

Yayoi Kusama was born in Matsumoto (Nagano Prefecture), Japan, in 1929. She attended the Tokyo Municipal School of Applied Arts and trained in traditional and modern painting including Nihonga painting. In 1957 - supported by the American painter Georgia O’Keeffe, to whom she had naively written a letter, - she moved to Seattle and then to New York in 1958 where she studied at the Arts Students League. Since 1977 Yayoi Kusama has been living in a mental hospital. She has a workshop opposite the hospital where she works with her assistants every day.

Yayoi Kusama is subject to hallucinations since the age of 10. The artist says "My life is a pea lost among thousands of other peas". The origin of these peas goes back to a family meal where she experienced her first hallucination, which multiplied in the whole room the red patterns of the tablecloth. She began to draw to avoid being engulfed in her world of spots and polka dots. Then she used her mental illness in her creative process. "She says she practices psychosomatic art and paints all day long to cure her neuroses. Yayoi Kusama also questions the place of the "I", fears the disappearance of individuality, does not want the human being to be just another pea.
In 1959, she created her Infinity Net series, made of a network of lines and peas, exhibited at Brata Gallery in New York. The notion of infinity is a common thread throughout Yayoi Kusama's work. The mirrors demultiply the space, colonized by the peas and annihilating the boundaries between man and his environment.

The artist marked the 1960s with her performances related to nudity and the freedom to enjoy one's body. Yayoi Kusama creates environments filled with phallic forms made from her sheets or old socks. In 1966 in New York, she realized her first happening, 14th Street Happening, downstairs in her loft. The artist was lying in the middle of the sidewalk on a mattress covered with protruding phallic forms, themselves covered with polka dots. Yayoi Kusama rarely stages herself, but rather uses the bodies of others, relying in particular on the goal, a Japanese choreographic art. "The artist has often recalled in interviews that she had a haunting of sexual relations (and by extension, machismo and the position of men in society). Painting is a form of catharsis for Yayoi Kusama. If peas or phalluses frighten her, she reproduces them by the thousands to get rid of this feeling of fear (more)
Yayoi Kusama's work has been the subject of major retrospectives around the world. 
Her museum, the Yayoi Kusama Museum has reopened in Tokyo with an exhibition entitled (deep breath) "The Vision of Fantasy That We Have Never Seen Is This Splendor", from July 30, 2020 to March 21, 2021.
The artist has had numerous solo exhibitions over the past 30 years.

Takashi Murakami

TAKASHI MURAKAMI, painter and sculptor, is today one of the most quoted Japanese artists, representative of the new Japanese culture. His work 'My lonesome cowboy' sold at Sotheby's for over 15 million dollars in May 2008. In 2012, "The Castle of Tin Tin" (1998) was sold for $4.4 million at Sotheby's New York. Takashi Murakami's diptych The World of Sphere (2003) sold for $2 million at Sotheby's Hong Kong in the fall of 2013. With cumulative sales of $23 million, Takashi Murakami ranked 16th in Artprice's 2019 global art market rankings (sales revenue) (594 lots sold). He ranked 15th in Artprice Report's Top 1000 Contemporary Artists Sold at Auction - 2000 to 2019.

From February 5 to March 20, 2021, Perrotin Gallery Shanghai presents"Healing", an exhibition dedicated to the artists Kaikai Kiki. "Healing" explores the multi-faceted and eccentric universe of Takashi Murakami's Superflat movement.
"Takashi Murakami: Michel Majerus Superflat," is presented by Michel Majerus Estate in Berlin, from September 12, 2020 to February 22, 2022

Takashi Murakami was born on February 1, 1962 in Tokyo. He graduated from the Tokyo University of Fine Arts (painting department) (1988) where he chose not comics but traditional nihonga painting, until his doctorate in 1993. He lives and works between Tokyo and New York.
It is his musician friend, Masato Nakamura, who will bring Takashi Murakami to contemporary art and the pop movement. After a one-year stay in New York, he created his own production studio Hiropon Factory in 1995, which became an "art production company" named Kaikai Kiki Co. He is considered as the leader of the "Superflat" movement, influenced by Japanese animation films, manga and pop culture.
Today, Takashi Murakami seems to be more inspired by Buddhist philosophy than by manga, even if manga remain important reference points in his life.
Takashi Murakami has had numerous exhibitions throughout the world and in prestigious galleries.

Takashi Murakami Expositions Biographie



Kiyoshi Nakagami

KIYOSHI NAKAGAMI is a contemporary Japanese artist who beautifully paints light.
Kiyoshi Nakagami was born in Shizuoka, Japan, in 1949. He began drawing at the age of 17. In 1971, he went to study art at the B Seminar in Yokohama City from where he graduated. He lives and works in Yokohama City. He has been represented by galerie Richard (Paris, New York) since 2003.
"As a painter, there is nothing more difficult to represent than light. The ones who can do that are the greatest painters, greatest artists." says Kiyoshi Nakagami.
The artist puts his acrylic paint on the canvas, moving it here and there, and letting gravity move the pigment he has "enriched" with gold mica. His works are thus made of undulations and evoke cascades of light without any trace or use of brush. Light spreads through a series of absolutely sumptuous shades, it passes through an indefinite vaporous material. "His ability to beautifully reproduce the scattering of light in a painting is second to none." Kiyoshi Nagakami's paintings send the audience back to a meditation space.
"Nakagami does not reproduce the light of the natural world. The light of his paintings exists only in painting. The artist's awareness of time at the precise moment when the light manifests itself is closely linked to the surprise encounter of something ephemeral and sublime. Kiyoshi Nakagami is a solitary painter respected in Japan.
Kiyoshi Nakagami has had numerous solo exhibitions over the world since 1971. The most recent include: 2020 "Light in Painting", Richard, New York, NY; 2019 "Kiyoshi Nakagami", Richard, Art Paris, Paris, France, "La Beauté Sublime", Richard, Paris, France, "Theophany", hino gallery, Tokyo, Japan; 2018-2019 Theophany, Galerie Richard, New York; 2018 Imaginary Places, Galerie Richard, Paris, Light from Afar, Lew Allen Galleries, Santa Fe; 2016/17 Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, hino Gallery, Tokyo; 2015 Galleria Finarte, Nagoya, Art-Taguchi, Gifu, Epiphany II, Richard Gallery, New York; 2014 Recent Paintings, Galerie Richard, Paris, Square Paintings, Galerie Richard, New York, Museum Haus Kasuya, Yokohama, hino Gallery, Tokyo.
The artist also participates in group exhibitions: 2021-2021 Galerie Richard, Paris; 2020 Art Paris; 2019 Art Paris, Galerie Richard; 2016 The Advent of RINPA - Touring the "RINPA CODE" of the Pre-Modern / Modern / Contemporary, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto; 2015 Modern: Blossoming Garden- Oita World Museum, Oita Prefectural Art Museum, Oita , Dawn of Gods - Encounter of Venus, and Spiritual Landscape, East and West, Oita Prefectural ,Art Museum, Oita ; 2014 Art Paris, Galerie Richard, Paris.
The artist is also part of the public collections of Japanese museums including the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo.

Yoshitomo Nara

YOSHITOMO NARA is one of the leading artists of the Neo Pop Movement in Japan. He is best known for his depictions of children and animals that are both charming and diabolical. He practices painting, drawing and sculpture.
Yoshitomo Nara sold a painting "Witching" (1999) for Us$ 740,000 at Sotheby's online auction in May 2020. He sold his work "Hothouse Doll" (1995) for $13.3 million (HKD 103 million) at Phillips Hong Kong on December 3, 2020. With cumulative revenue of Us$42.6 million (339 lots sold), he ranked 6th in Artprice's 2019 Top 500 Contemporary Artists Worldwide (Sales Revenue). Yoshitomo Nara ranked 9th in Artprice Report's Top 1000 Contemporary Artists Sold at Auction - 2000 to 2019 - with a revenue of $327.8 million.
Yoshitomo Nara was among the top performers at Sotheby's Evening Sales of Modern and Contemporary Art in Hong Kong on April 18-19, 2021. His work Nara's Frog Girl (1988) sold for HKD 82 million ($12.4 million with buyer's premium), making it the third most expensive work by the artist ever sold at auction. His work "Missing in Action" sold at Phillips HK on June 7, 2021: $15.8m.


Solo exhibition of Yoshitomo Nara at Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan, from July 24, 2021 to October 31, 2021. 
First exhibition of Yoshitoma Nara in Taipei: with Miss Moonlight, at Taipei's Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, from March 12 to June 20, 2021
After New York, the exhibition "After all I'm cosmic dust" by Yoshitomo Nara, was to be presented in the Dallas Contemporary's survey dedicated to the artist, and visible from March 20th to August 22nd 2021.

Yoshitomo Nara was born in Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan, in 1959. He studied at the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, where he received his BFA and MFA (1987). In 1988 he moved to Germany and attended the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (1993). In 1998 he taught at the University of California, Los Angeles as a visiting professor. In 2000 he returned to Japan. Currently he lives and works in Tokyo.
Yoshitomo Nara is influenced by elements of popular culture such as anime, manga, Walt Disney cartoons and punk rock. His work is derived from the Japanese neo-pop movement. The artist explores the themes of rebellion, isolation and spirituality. His sculptures, made mainly of fiberglass, and his drawings on postcards, envelopes or pieces of paper, continue this exploration with the same elegance of line and colors as in his paintings. Yoshitomo Nara is a contemporary of Takashi Murakami in the neo-pop movement of Japan but he considers the associations between his work and that of other recognized artists of Japanese visual culture such as the "Superflat" movement of the 1990s, as well as manga comics and graphic novels and its video form, Anime, to be reductive.  Anime. The artist insists on the very personal origins of his characters who revive a nostalgia for fantasy and the emotion he took from his fiction books when he was a child. His work "Wish World Peace" could be considered a perfect illustration of Yoshitomo Nara's artistic practice. It is thanks to this emblematic subject of the little girl that the artist has captured the imagination and has been respected by museums and collectors around the world. In the early 2000s, the artist softened the temperaments of his characters. Explaining his artistic work in early 2018, Yoshitomo Nara said: "Drawings have always helped me as an artist when my painting process was not going well, but since I first used clay for about 10 years ago, it has become something that strongly links painting and drawing in my opinion [...] I think it's because it differs from other sculpture mediums that can be controlled, but my encounter with ceramic creation has been one of the most important of my artistic life." The artist continued: "recently I realized that clay is freer than pencil".
Yoshitomo Nara has had numerous solo exhibitions since 2007. The most recent include: 2020 "After all I'm cosmic dust", Pace Gallery, NY, East Hamptons; 2019 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale
Yoshitomo Nara Solo Expositions
On July 24, 2020, the New York Times published an article dedicated to the artist, entitled "Yoshitomo Nara paints what he hears":
A first substantial monograph of Yoshitomo Nara, written by researcher Yeewan Koon was published in September 2020 (Phaidon Press, 2020).


Shinji Ohmaki

SHINJI OHMAKI is a contemporary Japanese artist artist, a sculptor of light.
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Shinji Ohmaki participates in the exhibition 'Lumen' at the White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, Australia, from March to November 2021
Shinji Ohmaki was born in Gifu, Japan, in 1971. He received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sculpture from Tokyo University of the Arts (1995) and his Master's degree in 1997. He became a professor at the same university in 2009, and is currently an associate professor in the Department of Sculpture at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.
Shinji Ohmaki was born into a family of traditional Japanese fabric makers. He has experienced the effects of globalization and the decline of traditional factories. All these upheavals led him to choose as his theme the fragile balance between existence and extinction. Existence has always been Shinji Ohmaki's main subject.
Shinji Ohmaki's conceptual art spaces are immersive experiences that blur the boundaries between time, space and history. His interest in Asian philosophy leads him to form a subtle beauty of colors and materials. The artist works in a variety of media, from canvas to 3D installations, often combining light and air movement in a given space. The artist constantly searches for the boundary between what is substantial and spiritual, the self and others. 
Shinji Ohmaki not only builds his installations inside traditional exhibition spaces, but also as permanent outdoor sculptures and even in collaboration with the fashion world. For example, in 2016, Shinji Ohmaki had installed his Liminal series in 3 museums in Japan, Singapore and in the Hermès showcase in Paris. He had also made an installation for the presentation of a men's collection at Louis Vuitton in Paris.
The artist experiments with new mediums with each new project. "I am looking for materials that are constantly changing, such as physical texture or phenomena caused by light. I am also interested in using traditional Japanese craft techniques and I am constantly researching to combine them with new concepts," he said.
After being selected to exhibit his work "Opened Eyes Closed Eyes" in the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's public exhibition Tokyo Wonder Wall 2000, Shinji Ohmaki has had many exhibitions.
Recent solo exhibitions include: 2020 'Rustle of Existence', Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei; Memorial Reberth, Senju, Toneri Park.

Hiroshi Senju

HIROSHI SENJU, born in 1958, the "waterfall artist", is a contemporary Japanese painter, known worldwide for his sublime images of waterfalls and cliffs, often on a monumental scale. He combines a minimalist visual language with ancient Japanese painting techniques: he is widely recognized as one of the current masters of the 'nihonga' painting style. With cumulative sales of $594.4 million (48 lots), he ranked 259th in Artprice's 2018/2019 World Art Market Rankings (sales revenue).
Hiroshi Senju was scheduled to exhibit at the Takahashi City Nariwa Museum, Japan: "Hiroshi Senju pioneering the world of beauty", from April 3 to July 24, 2021 (temporary closed)
Hiroshi Senju was born in Tokyo in 1958. He graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music with a BFA (1982) and an MFA (1984). In 1987 he completed a PhD program in Fine Arts at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. From 2007 to 2013 he was President of Kyoto University of Art & Design. He is currently a professor at Kyoto University of Art & Design and chairman of the joint education system of Kyoto University of Art & Design and Tohoku University oArt & Design. He lives and works in New York.
Hiroshi Senju has put all his talent and energy into promoting traditional Japanese paintings and techniques around the world. He uses pigments made of minerals, stone debris, shells and corals, bound with animal skin glue (nihonga technique) as well as acrylic. His works show mostly natural spaces such as waterfalls or nightfall while tending towards abstraction in his painting form. His "Nightfall" series for example is characteristic of its fluorescent acrylic paint that contrasts with dark backgrounds.
Hiroshi Senju has also created many murals, including the 77 paintings of Jukoin, a sub temple of Daitokuji, a Zen Buddhist temple in Japan, the large waterfall at Haneda Airport International Passenger Terminal in Tokyo, and the two installations at the Benesse Art Site on Naoshima Island in Japan. Hiroshi Senju exhibits a hundred of his works in his museum, the Hiroshi Senju Museum, opened in 2011.
Hiroshi Senju's recent solo exhibitions include: 2021 "Hiroshi Senju: Beginnings", Waterfall Paintings Series, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore 

Hiroshi Senju Recent Exhibitons

Chiharu Shiota

CHIHARU SHIOTA is a Japanese artist living in Berlin. The artist creates spectacular, often monumental installations, usually made of woven threads, in red or black, drawings and videos. Chiharu Shiota's signature is the accumulation of memory in objects. Chiharu Shiota sold on December 3, 2020 a work "Spiral", for $97,538.95 at Phillips HK 
Currently at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum: "The Soul Trembles", the largest exhibition dedicated to Chiharu Shiota, until October 17, 2021.

Chiharu Shiota was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1956. She began her studies at Seika University in Kyoto in 1992 and then at the Canberra Shool of Art in Australia. In 1996, she moved to Germany and enrolled at the University of Art Braunschweig in Hamburg in the studio of Marina Abramovic. In 1999, she moved to Berlin where she attended the University of the Arts until 2003. Her teacher was Rebecca Horn, a prominent figure in body art. She lives and works in Berlin.
Chiharu Shiota creates interlacing threads, her favorite material: they are monochrome, red, black or white, always woven in a network, she hangs objects (keys or suitcases), wraps boats or beds, encloses them in rectangular parallelepipeds (sextant, dress, chair). For Chiharu Shiota, the threads represent memory or physical links. "Black is used to translate emptiness, oblivion and the infinite universe, the outside of oneself. Red refers to memory, and then to this organic view of the interior of the body. The keys represent memory vestiges, because they open or seal the time of memory. The suitcases make us think of a journey, both figuratively and literally. Abandoned pianos, lonely chairs, these objects testify on the one hand to the absence". It's hard to find your way in this new world," explains Chiharu Shiota about his exhibition "Navigating the Unknown" at Koenig London until December 19, 2020. Where is the surface in this ocean of information. The boats float in space, like a boat floats on water. Each line is like an emotion. Using wires, lines, and ropes is something that allows me to explore breath and space like a line in a painting. The architectural form of the boat only lets the passengers go forward. We travel on the ocean without a sense of direction. (read more).
Chiharu Shiota has had numerous solo exhibitions where she has presented her installations over the past few years. Let's mention the most recent ones: 2021 "Linhas da Vida" (Lifelines), (Chiharu Shiota Retrospective), Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro; "I Hope", Koenig Gallery in Berlin; 2020 "Between us" Gana Art Center, Gana Art Nineone, Seoul, "Inner Universe", Galerie Templon, Paris; 2019-2020 "Counting Memories", Muzeum m Śląskie, Katowice, Poland; 2019-2020, "Lifelines", Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo. 


Hiroshi Sugimoto

HIROSHI SUGIMOTO, is a major Japanese artist, an internationally recognized photographer. With cumulative sales of $4.3 million, he was ranked 58th in Artprice's ranking of the world art market in 2019. 
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Hiroshi Sugimoto is participating in the group exhibition "Beyond Color: Black and White, at the Couvent des Jacobins in Rennes, France, where his work 'The Last Supper' (1999) is on display, until August 29, 2021.
Hiroshi Sugimoto was born in 1948 in Tokyo. He graduated from Saint Paul University in Tokyo (1970) and then from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles (1974). He moved to New York in 1974. He lives and works between New York and Tokyo.
Hiroshi Sugimoto began his work in 1976 with his "Dioramas" series, for which he photographed displays in natural history museums. These featured stuffed wild animals in trompe l'oeil settings. For his 1978 series Theaters, he photographed old American movie theaters and drive-ins. Photography preserves and fixes memory and time. "I imagine my vision and then try to make it happen, just like painting," the artist explained. Hiroshi Sugimoto is also known for his "Seascapes" series, seascapes that he photographed with an identical proportion of sea and sky. With his "Portraits" series, begun in 1999, he substituted photography for painting. In the early 2000s, he embarked on another series devoted to architecture, 'The Architecture Series', photographing 20th century architectural buildings all over the world.
Hiroshi Sugimoto is currently working on the renovation of the Hirshhorn Museum's Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., and the expansion and construction of the Odawara Art Foundation in Japan.
Hiroshi Sugimoto exhibits worldwide. Recent solo exhibitions include: 2020 Past Vitam. Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art, Kyoto, Opticks. Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, Past Presence, Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo

Yuji Eda

YUJI UEDA is a Japanese contemporary ceramic artist. He is supported by the famous Japanese artist Takashi Murakami.
Yuji Ueda was born in 1975 in Shigaraki, Shiga Prefecture, Japan, an area known for its pottery and tea plantations, where he lives and works. He studied under the guidance of the great local ceramist Kohyama Yasuhisa.
Yuji Ueda has created a unique process for his art: he uses whole blocks of feldspar (a mineral extracted from rocks) or creates irregular clay surfaces that can be fired in wood kilns. Since 2019, he has also been making paintings.
When you see Yuji Ueda's work, you might wonder if it's 'kintsugi' - the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics and turning imperfections into something beautiful. But this is not repair but creation: unique pieces, raw, irregular, cracked objects.
The famous artist Takashi Murakami became interested in the work of this new generation of ceramists such as Yuji Ueda, Kazunori Hamana and Otani Workshop over five years ago. As a result, he organized an exhibition of these artists, in New York at Blum & Poe, in 2016. Takashi Murakami's Kaikai Kiki Gallery in 2020, organized Yuji Ueda's second exhibition in his gallery in Tokyo. Entitled "Picking seeds," the artist exhibited eroded ceramic planters and abstract paintings.
In 2020, Yuji Ueda was part of the group exhibition "Healing", dedicated to Kaikai Kiki artists (Takashi Murakami's production studio), at Perrotin
Seoul Gallery and in 2021 at Perrotin Shanghai Gallery.
Yuji Ueada has been exhibiting since 2008. These include his solo exhibitions: 2020 "Picking Up Seeds", Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo; 2018, "Memories of Resonating Clays", Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo; 2015 Yuji Ueda, Solo exhibition, Mario Hirama Soe Bana; 2014 Yuji Ueda's Ceramics Works, , Minato-ku, Tokyo, "Cosmic Eruptions, Yuji Ueda's solo exhibition, Pragmata, Tokyo; 2013 "Yuji Ueda Pottery exhibition Shigaraki no Tsuchi To Hi To Toki Ho, Gallery Fukka, Tokyo, "Yuji Ueda Mitsutamari no Tschuchi", Oz Zingaro, Tokyo; 2012 Yuji Ueda, Sunaba, Sundries, Tokyo: 20O9 "Cafe Wakaya solo exhibition", Mie; 2008 Gallery Karahashi, solo exhibition, Shiga.
Yuji Ueda participates in the group exhibition "Healing" dedicated to Kaikai Kiki artists, organized by Takashi Kuramaki, at the Perrotin Gallery Shanghai from February 5 to March 20, 2021

Daiya Yamamoto

DAIYA YAMOMOTO is a japanese contemporary visual artist. He is one of the most promising artists of the young Japanese generation.
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Daiya Yamamoto was born in 1989 in Nara, Japan. He graduated from Hiroshima City University, where he specialized in oil painting technique (2010). In 2012 he pursued a Graduate Master Program at the Hiroshima City University Institute of the Arts Faculty of Painting.
Daiya Yamamoto has always been fascinated by the extreme realism of trompe l'oeil works and especially by the more classical genre in art history, still lifes. Thus, he takes up this pictorial genre, using his usual technique of oil painting, to associate it with a very contemporary approach with the use of everyday objects. He likes to scatter these objects, hang plants from wires and freeze everything in a radical vacuum. Its aesthetic, with its refined composition and clear palette, creates timeless still lifes through which emanates a real serenity in respect of the Japanese tradition.
Daiya Yamamoto began exhibiting as soon as he finished his studies.
These include his solo exhibitions: in 2020 Afterimage collection, Reijinsha Gallery, Tokyo; in 2019 'Amplified'. Reijinsha Gallery, Tokyo, Yokohama Honmoku Picture Gallery / Kanagawa, "Z Axis Events" (Lapis Gallery / Hiroshima; 2017, 'Space Corrosion' Reijinsha Gallery, Tokyo; 2016 Miyasaka Gallery, Tokyo, 'Synchronism' (Kamome no Baaba); 2015 "Multi-Millimeter Borderline" (Cafe Funchana), Nara; 2014 Solo exhibition Okanoyama Museum, Nishiwaki, Japan; 2013, solo exhibition, Nets Gallery "BOX".
The artist also participates in group exhibitions including the most recent: 2020 Galerie Taménaga, Art Paris, Art Paris Digital; 2018 RUBICON REBOOT (Hiroshima Hatchobori Tenmanya) Current/Kokugakai Alumni. "Drawing x Framing" (Gallery Cafe Am / Hiroshima), RUBICON Exhibition (Toho Art / Tokyo), Machiya Museum vol.2 "Contemporary Peace Art Festival" (Nara Town Nigiwai no Ie / Nara), OSAKA ART FES 2018, Hazama (Hiroshima City
University Art Museum)