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Emi Katsuta (b. 1983)

1983

Born, Nagasaki

2007

Graduated Aichi Prefectural University of the Arts, Department of Fine Art, major in sculpture

2009

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

Defined by her signature use of bright color and unique ability to mix reality and illusion within a wooden medium, Japanese sculptor Emi Katsuta recently debuted in New York with her solo exhibition Emi Katsuta: That Fantastic Someone. Inspired by local media events in Japan that included the world’s increasing obsession with social media and the rise of the #MeToo movement, Katsuta carved her place in Japanese contemporary art with her nearly life-sized sculpture Tiger Girl, which paid tribute to young women worldwide. Through her exhibitions in Europe, Asia, and America, Katsuta has quickly become known for her sculptures which simultaneously invoke images of wonder and loneliness. 


 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2009

NADiff Window Gallery vol. 1 – “Emi Katsuta”,
NADiff a/p/a/r/t (Ebisu, Tokyo)
Fresh 2009 “Emi Katsuta”, Contemporary Art Museum ISE(Mie)

2012

Fresh 2012 “Emi Katsuta”, Contemporary Art Museum ISE(Mie)

2013

“Emi Katsuta Sculpture”, Seizan Gallery(Tokyo)

2015

Art Fair Tokyo 2015, “Emi Katsuta Sculpture Exhibition – eyesight-”, Tokyo International Forum (Tokyo)
“Emi Katsuta Sculpture Exhibition - Sore Zore no Shiten”, Nagasaki Hamaya Art Gallery (Nagasaki)

2016

“Emi Katsuta Sculpture Exhibition - Talking Eyes”, Sendai Mitsukoshi Art Gallery (Sendai)
“Emi Katsuta Sculpture Exhibition - Listening Eyes”, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Honten 6F Art Square (Tokyo)

2018

Emi Katsuta Sculpture Exhibition - Sore Zore no Shiten”,
Matsuzakaya Nagoya (Aichi)

2018

"Emi Katsuta: That Fantastic Someone" (SEIZAN Gallery, New York)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2006

Parque - Aichi Prefectural Art University Art Festival

2007

Aichi Prefectural Art University, Graduate Thesis Exhibition, Aichi Prefectural Art and Culture Center (Aichi)
“The 3rd Atelier Matsuei Arui ha Mirai”, Kyu Hirakushi Tanaka Tei (Tokyo)

2008

“GEISAI MUSEUM #2”, Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo)
“The 4th Atelier Matsuei Arui ha Mirai”, Kyu Hirakushi Tanaka Tei (Tokyo)

2010

Animamix Biennial 2009-2010, Today Art Museum(Beijing, China)

2011

“Matomo-ten”, Takamatsu Mitsukoshi Art Gallery (Kagawa, until 2012)

2012

“Hasu no Kai”, Seizan Gallery (Tokyo, until 2014)
“Something Precious”, Seizan Gallery (Tokyo, until 2017)

2013

“Mother’s Day”, Shinjuku Isetan 5F Art Gallery (Tokyo)

2014

“Suteki Kuukan he no Okurimono”, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Honten 6F Art Square

2015

Young Art Taipei 2015, Shelton Grand Taipei (Taiwan)

2016

“Hankyu x Art Collectors - New Star Tachi no Bijutsu-Ten”, Hankyu Umeda Art Gallery (Osaka)

2017

“Mitsukoshi Isetan x Beams Stand Kyushu”, Isetan Shinjuku (Tokyo)
“Mitsukoshi Bijutsu 110th Anniversary -HOPES Jiseidai 100 Senten”,
Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Honkan (Tokyo)

2018

“Koki Tsujimoto / Emi Katsuda Futari-ten - Sense”, Tobu Ikebukuro (Tokyo)

AWARDS

2006

Parque Grand Prize

2007

Aichi Prefectural University of the Arts, Prize for superior artwork
- Awarded for thesis project

2008

Geidai Art Plaza – nominated for grand prize
Via Art 2008, Special Jury Prize of New Art Division President, Kimiaki Ashino
Jury Award
Geidai Art Plaza, Grand Prize Exhibition, Geidai Art Plaza (Tokyo)

 

Exhibitions