Takahiro Sanda, Murasaki, 2019, h33.3 × w53.0 × d2.0cm.jpg

takahiro sanda (b. 1980)

1980

Born in Aichi Prefecture, Japan

2002

Graduated from Aichi University of the Arts, Faculty of Art

2008

Replicated the Illustrated Handscroll of The Tale of Genji at the Tokyo University of the Arts, School of Fine Arts, Major in Nihonga

2011

Finished Doctorate at Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Department of Nihonga

Using the shared consciousness characteristic of post-modern society as a theme, Sanda produces paintings with backdrops that appear faded in color, as if painted long ago. To bring out collective thoughts and feelings in a natural way, he elects to deify them in the form of anamorphic animals. Believing that to deify is to beautify, and that to beautify is to embody in the female form, his graceful shapes evoke a harmonious natural cycle of birth, death, and rebirth that repeats without end. These colors and unique forms are both reflections of ancient Japanese culture and a vessel for hidden messages directed at people living in contemporary times.


selected solo exhibitions

2011

Solo Exhibition (Matsuzakaya, Aichi and Tokyo)

2014

Solo Exhibition (Gallery Kogure, Tokyo)

2018

Solo Exhibition (Matsuzakaya, Aichi and Tokyo)

selected group exhibitions

2006

Three person exhibition (Gallery MIYASAKA, Tokyo)

2009

Art Fair Tokyo (Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo)

2009

"The Lunar Man" (LOWER AKIHABARA, Tokyo)

2009

Young Art Taipei 2009 (Gallery Kogure Booth, Taipei)

2010

"The Ballon Man" (LOWER AKIHABARA, Tokyo)

2011

"Mitsukoshi x Geidai: Natsuno Geijutsusai-Jidai wo Ninau Wakate Sakka Sakuhin-ten (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)

2011

"Challenging the National Treasure, Illustrated Tale of Genji Scrolls: presenting a reproduction made by the Tokyo University of the Arts" (The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, The Tokugawa Art Museum, Aichi)

2011

"Yume no kai" (Ikebukuro Seibu, Tokyo)

2011

"Day Dream" (LOWER AKIHABARA, Tokyo)

2012

The first "Reki no kai: Nihonga-ten" (Matsuzakaya, Tokyo, Aichi)

2012

"The Spring man" (LOWER AKIHABARA, Tokyo)

2014

"The Spiral man" (LOWER AKIHABARA, Tokyo)

2014

"Shin Nihonga Kenkyu kai" (Matsuzakaya, Aichi)

2019

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

awards

2012

Nomura award for Graduate Thesis Work, Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Department of Nihonga

Exhibitions