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Toshiyuki Kajioka

Born in 1978 in Tokyo, Japan Works and lives in Otsu City, Japan

Kajioka’s works are born from wet application of hemp on board, bold touches of ink, and fine pencil etchings that create a layered surface of black. He began exploring his current style in his late teens. One night, as he was crossing a bridge over a river, he looked down at the water and felt his eyes overcome by pure darkness. The experience left him profoundly aware of the uncertainty of his own existence and transformed him from a painter who was inspired by the atmosphere of Nihonga and the traditional motifs of “flower, bird, wind, and moon”, to an artist who continually depicts the warmth of light melting into darkness.


 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013

Solo Exhibition (G/P + g3/gallery, Tokyo)

2011

“Shinya-ko, Deep Night” (g3/gallery, Tokyo)

2009

“Art – life + vol. 11 The Birth Canal—Miraiheno Uneri” (Spiral, Tokyo)
“Mokushi” (Masayoshi Suzuki Gallery, Aichi)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019

“Sumi: Japanese Ink Painting From Post-War to the Present" (SEIZAN Gallery, New York)

2017

“25 Artists Exhibition-SICSF 25th Anniversary Selective Scholarship Recipients” (The Sato Museum of Art, Tokyo)

2014

“Nichijo / Off the Record” (Kanagawa Arts Theatre, Kanagawa)

2013

“Konnichi no Sumi Hyogen-ten by 24 artists” (The Sato Museum of Art, Tokyo)

2012

“Haru urara” (gallery Sala, Shiga, until 2017)

2011

“TOKYO FRONTLINE” (3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo, continued in 2012)
The 3rd Nihonga Shin-ten” (Museum “Eki” Kyoto, Kyoto, continued in 2012)
“Trans-Plex” (Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan)
“Nichibi-ten” (The National Art Center, Tokyo, Tokyo, until 2016)
“ART TAIPEI 2011” (Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan, until 2014)

2006

“Kyoto Shinei Senbatsu-ten” (The Museum of Kyoto, Kyoto)

2005

“META II” (Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Kanagawa, continued in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2016)

2004

“Art Exhibition by the 13th annual scholarship recipients of Sato International Cultural Scholarship Foundation” (The Sato Museum of Art, Tokyo)

2003

“Konton Kara Odorideru Hoshitachi 2003” (Spiral Garden, Tokyo, continued in 2004, 2007, 2014)

Awards

2016

Finalist for the 2016 Sovereign Asian Art Prize, HART Hall at H Queen’s and Christie’s (Hong Kong, continued in 2018)

2015

Finalist for Nikkei Nihonga Prizes, the Ueno Royal Museum (Tokyo)

2002

Selected for Shingo Hoshino Prize Exhibition, the 2nd Triennial Competition at Toyohashi City Museum of Art and History (Aichi)

 

Exhibitions