Photo by Yasushi Maruyama

Photo by Yasushi Maruyama

Ayana Otake

Born in 1981 in Saitama Prefecture, Japan Works and lives in Saitama Prefecture, Japan

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, Ayana Otake has built 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

2018

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

2016

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

2014

“Ayana Otake" (Gallery Tomo, Tokyo, continued in 2015)

2013

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

2010

"Ayana Otake" (Gallery Shorewood, Tokyo)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019

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

2018

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

2017

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

2016

"Mizue no kai" (Morita Gallery, Toyo, continued every year afterward)
“Sugatatehiko Award Exhibition" (Kurayoshi Museum, Tottori)
"Harumachi no Tsuki" (Takashimaya, Tokyo, continued in 2018)

2014

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

Awards

2009

Shorewood Award, Gallery SHINSEIDO (Tokyo)

2007

Salon de printemps Award, Taito-ku Mayor's Award (Tokyo)
Recipient of the Ikuo Hirayama Scholarship

2005

Ataka Award

Exhibitions