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Ayana Otake (b. 1981)

1981

Born in Saitama Prefecture, Japan

2007

Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, School of Fine Arts

2009

Completed Master’s Degree at Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Department of Nihonga

In Japan, paintings that capture the beautiful appearance, or internal beauty, of women are known by a specific term, bijinga. As an artist whose works are mainly figurative, with women a particularly common motif, Otake has built a substantial popularity among fans of the bijinga genre. Each stroke of her paintings is given the utmost care, weaving together lines and pigments into images of beautiful women with alluring charm. The kimono worn by the women in her paintings are an expression of Japanese notions of beauty and spirituality, granting her subjects an air that is dignified yet elevated from the every day.


selected solo exhibitions

2010

Ayana Otake Solo Exhibition (Gallery Shorewood, Tokyo)

2013

"The 46th L'ESPOIR Shinjin Senbatsu-ten: Ayana Otake" (Ginz Surugadai Gallery, Tokyo)

2014

“Ayana Otake" (Gallery Tomo, Tokyo)

2016

Ayana Otake: Nihonga-ten" (Isetan Shinjuku, Tokyo, continued in 2018)

2018

"Ayana Otake: Nihonga-ten" (Nihonbashi Miitsukoshi, Tokyo)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014

"Gyojo no kai: Research presentation by graduates of Toyko University of the Arts, the 2nd Nihonga studio" (Surugadai Gallery, Toyo)

2016

"Mizue no kai" (Morita Gallery, Toyo)

2016

“Sugatatehiko Award Exhibition" (Kurayoshi Museum, Tottori)

2016

"Harumachi no Tsuki" (Takashimaya, Tokyo)

2017

"A book launch exhibition: Bijinga zukushi" (Gallery Art Morimoto, Tokyo)

2018

"Art Fair Tokyo" (Tokyo International Forum Hakkendo Gallery Booth, Tokyo)

2019

"Reimagined: Contemporary Artists Take on The Tale of Genji" (SEIZAN Gallery, New York)

Awards

2005

Ataka Award

2007

Salon de printemps Award, Taito-ku Mayor's Award (Tokyo)

2007

Recipient of Ikuo Hirayama Scholarship

2009

Shorewood Award, Gallery SHINSEIDO (Tokyo)

Exhibitions