Nana Funo

  • Installation view from “The Humidity of Underground and the Feel of Paper” at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2014 © Nana Funo photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from “The Humidity of Underground and the Feel of Paper” at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2014 © Nana Funo photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from “The Humidity of Underground and the Feel of Paper” at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2014 © Nana Funo photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • とくべつな愛着 Special affection 2014 oil on canvas 162.5 × 162.0 cm ©Nana Funo
  • 風能奈々 Nana Funo 古鏡・覗き込まれる The old mirror is being looked into 2014 Oil on canvas φ159.5cm © Nana Funo
  • 風能奈々 Nana Funo 秘密基地 A secret base 2014 Oil on canvas 73.0x91.0cm © Nana Funo
  • 風能奈々 Nana Funo まじないの木 A tree of spells 2014 Oil on canvas 73.0x91.0cm © Nana Funo
  • 風能奈々 Nana Funo eat me 2014 Acrylic on canvas φ60.0cm © Nana Funo
  • 風能奈々 Nana Funo 地下の湿度と紙の手ざわり 2014 charcoal on paper 51.0x65.5cm © Nana Funo
  • 風能奈々 Nana Funo 地下の湿度と紙の手ざわり 2014 charcoal on paper 51.0x65.5cm © Nana Funo
  • 風能奈々 Nana Funo 地下の湿度と紙の手ざわり 2014 charcoal on paper 51.0x65.5cm © Nana Funo
  • installation view from "Nana Funo: The Fish Glitters As Its Scales Tremble" at Tomio Koyama Gallery Singapore, Singapore, 2014 © Nana Funo, photo by Wong Jing Wei
  • installation view from "Nana Funo: The Fish Glitters As Its Scales Tremble" at Tomio Koyama Gallery Singapore, Singapore, 2014 © Nana Funo, photo by Wong Jing Wei
  • installation view from "Nana Funo: The Fish Glitters As Its Scales Tremble" at Tomio Koyama Gallery Singapore, Singapore, 2014 © Nana Funo, photo by Wong Jing Wei
  • Neighbor's Garden, 2013 acrylic on canvas 162.0 x 227.5 cm ©Nana Funo
  • 指輪にまつわるいくつかの話 / Some Stories about the Ring, 2013 acrylic on canvas 227.5 x 582.5 cm (227.5 x 145 cm, 4 pieces) © Nana Funo
  • 貴婦人は助けに来ない The Lady will not Come to Help, 2013 acrylic on canvas 60.5 x 73 cm © Nana Funo
  • Installation view from “Vessel That Never Leaks” at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2012 © Nana Funo photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from “Vessel That Never Leaks” at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2012 © Nana Funo photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from “Vessel That Never Leaks” at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2012 © Nana Funo photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from “Vessel That Never Leaks” at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2012 © Nana Funo photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • 風能奈々 Nana Funo まっくら森のうた a song of dark forest 2012 acrylic on canvas 227.5x546.0cm(3pieces) © Nana Funo
  • 風能奈々 Nana Funo 誰かの孤独な夜にもぐりこむために for getting into someone's lonely night 2012 acrylic on canvas 182.0x227.5cm © Nana Funo
  • 風能奈々 Nana Funo 春を待つ冬の部屋のための壁紙 wallpaper of winter room to wait for spring 2012 acrylic on canvas 227.5x182.0cm © Nana Funo
  • 風能奈々 Nana Funo 樹をまもるけもの Animal that saves a tree 2012 acrylic on canvas 40.0x40.0cm © Nana Funo
  • Installation view from “Who Knows the Stories” at Tomio Koyama Gallery Kyoto, 2009 © Nana Funo photo by Yasushi Ichikawa
  • installation view from [ Who Knows the Stories ] at Tomio Koyama Gallery Kyoto, 2009 ©Nana Funo
  • installayion view from [ Imagination on the Grass ] at TKG Editions Kyoto, 2009 ©Nana Funo ©Nana Funo
  • 花の瘡蓋 Scab on Flower, 2008 acrylic, dye, gesso on canvas 162.0 x 388.0cm ©Nana Funo
  • 狂気のダンス Dance of Madness, 2009 oil on canvas 20.0 x 20.0 x 3.0cm ©Nana Funo
  • installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2008 ©Nana Funo ©Nana Funo
  • installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2008 ©Nana Funo ©Nana Funo
  • installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2008 ©Nana Funo ©Nana Funo
  • まじない Spell, 2008 Nana Funo dye,gesso,acrylic on canvas 130.5 x 162.0 cm ©Nana Funo
  • バオバブ Baobaba, 2008 Nana Funo dye,gesso,acrylic on canvas 40.0 x 40.0 cm ©Nana Funo
  • 庭 Garden, 2008 Nana Funo acrylic,dye,gesso,cotton cloth on wooden panel diam. 52cm ©Nana Funo
  • 蓮 Lotus, 2008 Nana Funo acrylic,dye,gesso,cotton cloth on wooden panel diam. 52.0cm ©Nana Funo
  • 華 Flower, 2008 Nana Funo acrylic,dye,gesso,cotton cloth on wooden panel diam. 52cm ©Nana Funo
  • ペガサス Pegasus, 2008 Nana Funo oil on canvas 41.5 x 53.0 cm ©Nana Funo
  • 迷う森 Forest to Get Lost, 2008 Nana Funo oil on canvas 73.0 x 91.0cm ©Nana Funo
  • F氏の憂鬱 Melancholy of Ms. F, 2008 Nana Funo acrylic,dye,gesso,cotton cloth on wooden panel diam. 69.5 cm ©Nana Funo
  • 旅行シリーズ Travel Series, 2008 Nana Funo oil on canvas 20.0 x 20.0 x 4.0 cm ©Nana Funo
  • 旅行シリーズ Travel Series, 2008 Nana Funo oil on canvas 20.0 x 20.0 x 4.0 cm ©Nana Funo
  • インド旅行 Traveling to India, 2008 Nana Funo oil on canvas 20.0 x 20.0 x 4.0 cm ©Nana Funo
  • 旅行シリーズ Travel Series, 2008 Nana Funo oil on canvas 20.0 x 20.0 x 4.0 cm ©Nana Funo
  • ツタにからまる人魚 A Mermaid Tangled with Ivy, 2008 Nana Funo oil on canvas 30.0 x 30.0 cm ©Nana Funo
  • 産婦人科のための壁紙 A Wallpaper for Obstetrician, 2008 Nana Funo dye,gesso,acrylic on canvas 40.0 x 40.0 cm ©Nana Funo

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.

Solo exhibitions

2016 "Connecting with Lines and Giving a Name" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
2014 "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
2012 "Vessel That Never Leaks" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
"howl of green" Itamuro Onsen Daikokuya, Tochigi, Japan
2010 Roppongi Hills Art + Design Store Space A+D, Tokyo
2009 "Who Knows the Stories" Tomio Koyama Gallery Kyoto/ "Imagination on the Grass" TKG Editions Kyoto, Kyoto
2008 TKG Editions, Tokyo

Group exhibitions

2016 "JAPAN 7" SILVERLENS, Manila, Philippines
2015 “PALAIS DE KYOTO / NOTHING BUT SOUNDS” at ARTZONE, Kyoto
2014 "The Way of Painting" Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo
2013 "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
2011 "Cho-Kyoto" Shosei-en Garden (Kikoku-tei, Higashihonganji), Kyoto
2009 VOCA 2009 The Vision of Contemporary Art The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
2008 Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo (with Yutaka Watanabe)
Art Award Tokyo, Gyoko-dori Underground Gallery, Tokyo

Public collections

Aman Tokyo, Tokyo
The JAPIGOZZI Collection
MONTBLANC and GBU Japan
Takahashi Collection
Takamatsu City Museum of Art