Nana Funo’s paintings are richly filled with motifs of decorative patterns, animals and plants, figures, landscapes and written characters. They are composed with various techniques – graceful drawings of acrylic, repetitive overlaying of gesso or dye, patterns that come into appearance from masking – and the visual effect that embraces richness in layers arouse a curiosity to explore what is illustrated deep inside the paintings. Textures similar to porcelain, textile or sometimes relief can be observed in the works. The technique and unique textures she brings about by continuously moving her hands across the picture plane start to function as an independent language, and it is as if the artist gazes in concentration at the state of the world, while keeping it at a certain distance from herself and her works.
Nana Funo was born in 1983 in Shizuoka, Japan. In 2008, she received an M.F.A. in Painting from Kyoto City University of Arts. She currently lives and works in Kyoto. Her solo exhibitions at Tomio Koyama Gallery include “The Humidity of Underground and the Feel of Paper” (Tokyo, 2014), “The Fish Glitters as Its Scales Tremble “(Singapore, 2014), “Vessel That Never Leaks” (Tokyo, 2012) and “Who Knows the Stories” (Kyoto, 2009). Her selected group exhibitions include “The Way of Painting” (Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, 2014) and “VOCA 2009 – The Vision of Contemporary Art” (The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, 2009). Her work is included in MONTBLANC and GBU Japan, Takahashi Collection, Takamatsu City Museum of Art and the JAPIGOZZI Collection.
"Connecting with Lines and Giving a Name" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
"The Humidity of Underground and the Feel of Paper" 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
"The Fish Glitters As its Scales Tremble" Tomio Koyama Gallery Singapore
"Vessel That Never Leaks" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
"howl of green" Itamuro Onsen Daikokuya, Tochigi, Japan
Roppongi Hills Art + Design Store Space A+D, Tokyo
"Who Knows the Stories" Tomio Koyama Gallery Kyoto/ "Imagination on the Grass" TKG Editions Kyoto, Kyoto
TKG Editions, Tokyo
"JAPAN 7" SILVERLENS, Manila, Philippines
“PALAIS DE KYOTO / NOTHING BUT SOUNDS” at ARTZONE, Kyoto
"The Way of Painting" Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo
"JAPAN ART EXHIBITION" Isetan Singapore, Singapore
"Cho-Kyoto 2013, Contemporary Art @ Today's Machiya in Kyoto" Today's Machiya in Kyoto, Model House Exhibition Place KYOMO, Kyoto