solo exhibition “TKG Projects #2 Aya Ito”

ゾンビと半魚 / Zombi and mermaid, oil on canvas, 32 x 41.5 cm, 2010 ©Aya Ito


Aya Ito’s works have unique motifs such as zombi, ghost, and ones that are “vulgar, not erotic but childish”. Viewers may be surprised, amused, and imagine that Ito paints them unrestrainedly and spontaneously. Her works, which embrace unusual sense of space, however, are composed through a series of careful process. Ito creates maquette and examines the visual effects by taking many photographs, before she starts painting. She transforms the unexpected things happen in the process into some reality with special density. “I would like to make a zombi become a part of the reality and let him live in the same world with us”. Her works do not carry stories, and even if they do, the stories do not have certain meanings. But the reality in her works seems to seize our consciousness.
Ito states, “I have been attracted by realism rather than imagination, and collage rather than simple realism.” By using different elements such as sculpture, installation, photography, as well as painting, Ito pursues her own reality.


This is the second exhibition of “TKG Projects”, which introduces emerging artists.
The theme for the exhibition is “The room of dreaming boy”. Ito creates a room of adolescent boy by the installation including paintings and sculptures. What is this boy thinking about?

Artist Profile

Aya Ito

Aya Ito was born in Arida-city, Wakayama in 1987. She received MFA from Department of Painting, Graduate School of Art, Kyoto City University of Arts. She lives and works in Ireland. Ito received the Suntory award at “Art Camp in Kunst-Bau 2007” (Suntory Museum, Osaka), the Shu Uemura Prize and the Judge’s Prize (Yuko Hasegawa) at “Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi 2011”. Her major group exhibitions include “VOCA 2010” (The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, 2010), and “RESONANCE” (Suntory Museum, Osaka, 2010), “Really Realistic Reality” (The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, 2015). She has recently presented work at “AYA ITO & ATSUSHI KAGA IT HAPPENS TO BE” (Pallas Projects/Studios, Ireland) in July 2017. She also had solo exhibition “Sleeping Stone” (8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo) in September 2017.

1987 Born in Wakayama, Japan
2009 B.F.A. Kyoto City University of Arts
2011 M.F.A. Kyoto City University of Arts