Shohei Fujita was born in 1968 in Wakayama Prefecture. After he graduated from the Ceramics course of the Department of Crafts of Kyoto City University of Arts in 1995, he moved to the UK. He learned glass art at Edinburgh College of Arts, where he completed his studies in 1997. He also works in the unit “Suna Fujita” with ceramic artist Chisato Yamano. He has held numerous solo exhibitions in Japan including in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and Mie.
Nana Funo was born in 1983 in Shizuoka Prefecture. She graduated from Osaka University of Arts, Japan (BFA) in 2006 and completed the Graduate Kyoto City University of Arts, Kyoto, Japan (MFA) in 2008. She currently lives and works in Shizuoka. Her major solo exhibitions include “Nana Funo” (Roppongi Hills A/D GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan, 2010), “howl of green” (Itamuro Onsen Daikokuya, Nasushiobara, Tochigi, Japan, 2012). She has held 8 solo exhibitions with Tomio Koyama Gallery.
Her major group exhibitions include “VOCA 2009 The Vision of Contemporary Art” (The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan, 2009) and “The Way of Painting” (Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2014). Funo’s works are housed in the collections of Aman Tokyo, The JAPIGOZZI Collection, MONTBLANC and GBU Japan, Takahashi Collection and Takamatsu City Museum of Art.
Satoshi Hirose was born in 1963 in Tokyo. He graduated from Tama Art University in 1989 and two years later he received an Italian government scholarship and moved to Italy. In 1996-97, he stayed in Italy under POLA Art Foundation Grants Program. He then completed a degree at Milan’s Brera Academy of Fine Arts in 1997, and studied in New York under Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists provided by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2008-09. He is currently based in Milan and Tokyo.
His major solo exhibitions include “Lemon Project 03” (The Ginza Art Space, Tokyo, 1997), “Paradiso- Criterium 34” (Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan, 1998), “2001” (Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, 2000), and in more recent years “Heteronym” (Galleria Umberto Di Marino, Napoli, 2015), and “Vis à Vis Flâneur – SATOSHI HIROSE” (Fondazione Molise Cultura, Campobasso, Italy, 2016).
He has presented work in numerous group exhibitions including “Neo Tokyo” (Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2001), and “Beppu Contemporary Art Festival 2012: Mixed Bathing World” (Beppu City, Oita, Japan, 2012), as well as a commission “Your Sky, My Sky: sky project for Arts Maebashi” Arts Maebashi, Gunma, Japan (2013). He has held five solo exhibitions at Tomio Koyama Gallery in 2000, 2005, 2008, 2009, ad 2013. Hirose also has worked on commissions in collaboration with companies.This July, he is creating an artwork in the new building of PeptiDream, a pharmaceutical company that pursues drug development.
Yuka Kashihara uses oil paint applied in a thinly diffuse manner similar to that of Japanese nihonga painting, and by applying it in numerous layers she is able to create a unique depth of color. Within the world of her artworks, scenes from both reality and the spaces of the internal imagination are gently interwoven. Against this backdrop, having left Japan and moved to Germany where she continued developing her practice, Kashihara acquired an interest in the ‘distance’ between the internal and the external. This included the physical distance between Japan and Germany; and further, the distance herself as a Japanese person and herself while in Germany. This becomes expressed symbolically as an introspective speculation in the forms of the motifs of caves, holes, mountains and lakes which she repeatedly takes up within her work, and through this process of sublimation it is as though the original energies which lie dormant within the great Earth have become awakened.
Yuka Kashihara was born in 1980 in Hiroshima Prefecture. In 2006 she graduated from the Japanese Painting Department of Musashino Art University. In the same year she moved to Germany, and in 2013 she acquired a Diploma from the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig. In 2015, she was named a Meisterschüler (Masters graduate) of the same academy, studying under Professor Annette Schröter. In 2008 she exhibited at the Bauhuas Dessau Foundation in Shakkei (“borrowed scenery”), a solo show curated by research scholar Torsten Blume of the same Foundation, and in 2012 she exhibited in VOCA, Tokyo, where she received both the Honourable Mention Award and the Ohara Museum of Art Award.
1980 Born in Hiroshima, Japan
2006 B.F.A in Japanese Painting, Musashino Art University, Tokyo
2012 Stayed in Germany under POLA Art Foundation Grants Program
2013 Completed Diploma in Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, Germany
A part-time lecturer of Musashino Art University, Department of Japanese Painting, Tokyo (-2017)
2015 Completed Meisterschüler in Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, Germany (under Prof. Annette Schroeter)
Lives and works in Germany
Naoki Koide was born in Aichi prefecture in 1968. He graduated from Tokyo Zokei University in 1992. He currently lives and works in Chiba. Since the group exhibition “Magic Room” (curated by Satoshi Okada) in 2003, the solo exhibitions “A Couple in the Bathroom” (2004), “Marriage” (2006), and “In These Days” (2008), “Maternity Leave” (2011), this marks the artist’s fifth solo exhibition with Tomio Koyama Gallery. His other major exhibitions include “Cafe in Mito” (2004, Art Tower Mito, Tochigi), “Magical Art Life” (2006, Tokyo Wonder Site, Shibuya), “Fiction@Love” (2006, MOCA Shanghai), “neoneo Part1[BOY]” (2009, Takahashi Collection Hibiya, Tokyo), “Echigo-Tumari Art Trienial” (2009, Nigata) and “Paul Clay” (2011, Salon 94 Bowery, New York).
1976 Born in Shizuoka, Japan
1999 B.F.A., Tama Art University, Tokyo
2004 Scouted by Tomio Koyama at GEISAI #6
In Tomoko Nagai’s artworks, various animals, children, colorful trees and mushrooms are depicted in a theatrical arrangement against the backdrop of forests and domestic rooms. Loaded with a multitude of motifs, each of Nagai’s paintings embraces a unique sense of spatiality, wherein a dynamism that encapsulates the worlds of fictional narratives intricately overlaps with layers of images. The colorful matière and brushstrokes form a fantastical rhythm as the artist exercises an expression akin to composing a musical piece. The viewer perceives this melody while standing face-to-face with each painting. This evokes a sense of being inside the painting, as the viewer’s own memories and experiences – nostalgic sensations, recollections and dreams from childhood – connect with the worldview represented in each artwork.
Tomoko Nagai was born in Aichi Prefecture in 1982. She graduated from Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music in 2006, majoring in Oil Painting. Nagai currently lives and works in Tokyo. Nagai held a solo exhibition at Project N, Tokyo Opera City in 2008, followed by a number of solo presentations in Kyoto, Kagoshima, Hong Kong and Singapore. She exhibited at “VOCA 2010” (the Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, 2010) and “Future Pass – From Asia to the World”, part of the 54th Venice Biennale (Palazzo Mangilli-Valmarana, Venice, 2011), and has participated in international group exhibitions in Seoul (Gana Art Center, 2011), Grenoble (Le Magasin – Centre National d’Art Contemporain) and Berlin (me Collectors Room Berlin, 2010). She has also taken a part in a project funded by the Singapore Red Cross, in which she painted an entire swimming pool at Toyama nursery school, located in the tsunami-stricken area of Shichigahama town, Miyagi (designed by Takahashi Ippei Office, completed in 2013). Nagai has engaged with broad audiences outside of museums and art galleries, providing title designs and artworks for television programmes on NHK Educational, as well as creating book covers for a range of publications. In 2017, she published her first monograph “Thousands of Finches”. Nagai’s artworks have been included in public collections both in Japan and internationally, notably the Takahashi Collection (Japan), the Olbricht Collection (Germany), the Zabludowicz Collection (UK) and The JAPIGOZZI Collection (US / Switzerland).
Yuko Okazaki was born in 1976 in Tokyo. After working at the public relations department at Issey Miyake she started studying under Eiichi Morita in Kasama, Ibaraki, for five years before she opened her own studio. She currently lives and works in Yokosuka, surrounded by rich natural landscapes of sea and mountains.
Ellie Omiya was born in Osaka in 1975, and graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. She began to pursue an independent career after working at an advertising agency, engaging in projects across various genres as an accomplished author, stage play director, screenwriter and director for television programs and films, and also as a radio personality. From 2012 she started holding interactive solo exhibitions presenting works conveying various images and text, which are completed through viewer’s participation. Omiya has gained high acclaim for her solo exhibitions including “To Convey Emotions” (toured PARCO MUSEUM and other venues, 2012-13), “To Be Alive” (PARCO MUSEUM, 2013), and “Message from the Starry Sky” (toured MITSUBISHI ESTATE ATRIUM and other venues, 2013-2014).
Omiya’s journey as an artist began in 2012, when she was asked to produce a live drawing at the Gallery of Horyuji Treasures inside the Tokyo National Museum to celebrate Mr. Soichiro Fukutake’s receipt of the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award. This first ever drawing she produced, “Celebration Melody: Naoshima” (currently in the private collection of Mr. Fukutake), while unexpectedly marking the beginning of her painterly practice, had received much attention and acclaim as her debut work.
Ever since, Omiya has held numerous solo exhibitions such as “emotional journey” (Daikanyama Hillside Terrace, Tokyo) and “painting dreams” (Shibuya Hikarie 8/ CUBE, Tokyo) in 2015, followed by her first museum solo exhibition in 2016, “Sincerely Yours, Ellie Omiya”(Towada Art Center, Aomori), in which she also presented works outside the museum in the city’s local shopping arcade. In 2017, she held the solo exhibition “This is forest speaking” (Kanaz Forest of Creation, Fukui), and in 2018 participated in “Rokko Meets Art 2018” where she created and presented “Mansion of a Widow.” The work was featured in her 2019 solo exhibition “Beautiful Days” (Daikanyama Hillside Terrace / Hillside Forum, Tokyo) along with her new large-scale installation “One Day’s Picnic.” She continues to rapidly develop and progress in her career as an artist, publishing her new catalogue of illustrations and texts, “Whale of Rainbow” from Bijutsu Shuppan-sha in February 2019, also in March holding “A Wonderful Forest” (TICOLAT TAMURA, Hong Kong) which marks her first solo exhibition at an overseas gallery.
A closet packed full of colorful dresses, an array of high-heeled shoes on shelves, vividly colored flowers:Midori Sato shows us things that every woman yearns to see. Yet if we turn our attention to the details of her work, bold brushstrokes and an intentionally uneven paint coating tinge her subject matter with the contours of abstraction. This abstraction demonstrates the force of the power that draws the viewer into the picture plane.
Midori Sato was born in 1984 in Aichi Prefecture. She graduated from Oil Painting Course, School of Art, Nagoya University of Arts in 2008, and studied at Ecole nationale des beaux arts de Dijion, France as an exchange student in 2008. She received M.F.A from Graduate School of Tokyo Zokei University in 2010. Her major solo exhibitions include TWS-Emerging 140 ”Blissful moments” (Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo, Tokyo, 2010), TWS-Emerging Plus”Point Marie” (Tokyo Wonder Site Art Café kurage, 2011) , “Project N 48” (Tokyo Opera City Arty Gallery, Tokyo,2012) and “My Precious Room”(Tomio Koyama Gallery, Kyoto, 2012). She live painted at Shinjuku Isetan, on the second floor where has just remodeled in 2013. She exhibited at Art Award Tokyo Matunouchi 2008 and 2010, and received the Tomio Koyama Prize in 2010. Her group exhibitions include “Tokyo Wonder Wall 2009” (Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2009) , “Tokyo Painting 2” (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo,2013) and “Embracing for Painting” (Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, 2015) In 2013, she received the Ohara Museum of Art Prize at “VOCA 2013″(The Ueno Royal Museum).
Keisuke Yamamoto was born in 1979 in Tokyo. After graduating from the department of Sculpture of Tokyo Zokei University in 2001 he stayed at the university as a research student until 2003. In 2018 he graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts’ Graduate School of Fine Arts, majoring in sculpture. He currently lives and works in Kanagawa. This show at Tomio Koyama Gallery is his sixth solo exhibition, and his major group exhibitions include “VOCA 2008” (2008, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo), “Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art” (2009, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, traveled to several international museums), “Twist and Shout: Contemporary Art from Japan” (2009, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre), and “Nostalgia and Fantasy: Imagination and Its Origins in Contemporary Art” (2014, National Museum of Art, Osaka). His work is collected by the National Museum of Art, Osaka and international private collections.
Chisato Yamano was born in 1977 in Osaka, Japan. In 2005, She received an M.F.A. from Kyoto City University of Arts and currently lives and works in Kyoto. Apart from solo pieces, she also presents works for everyday general use under the unit name “suna fujita” working with Shohei Fujita.
Takuya Yokoyama was born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1973, and graduated from Rikkyo University in the Department of Sociology. While a university student, he encountered ceramics through an extra-curricular ceramics club, spent years at Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center after graduated. Today he creates ceramic work in Tajimi city, Gifu prefecture. He has held numerous solo shows to date in Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya and Seoul among others.