Yoji Kumagai, Galium Garden, 2019, h33.3 × w53.0 × d2.1cm.jpeg

Yoji kumagai (b. 1982)

1982

Born in Toyone Village, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

2006

Graduated from Aichi University of the Arts, Faculty of Art

2008

Recieved Master's degree at Aichi University of the Arts, Graduate School in Fine Arts, Nihonga course

2012

Replicated "Ranma tennyo-zu" (Togyo-ji temple, Aichi)

Yoji Kumagai has shown his work in several award-winning exhibitions, stemming as far back as the first year after his graduation from university. Combining the traditional techniques of Nihonga with modern tools of expression, he explores the many varieties of existence, while also evoking the natural scenery and emotional responses to human behavior that accumulated within his subconscious. His characters combine the gravity of real flesh and blood with a lightness that makes them seem as if they are clothes in multiple layers of air.


selected solo exhibitions

2007

Solo Exhibition (Gallery Kusabue, Aichi)

2013

Solo Exhibition (Ito bijutsu-ten, Aichi)

2017

"Yoji Kumagai: Japanese style paintings" (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)

selected group exhibitions

2011

"Yamazato Art Meguri: Kitemin! Okumikawa in Yuya-spa" (Aichi, continued until 2013)

2011

"Se no kai" (Matsuzakaya, Aichi)

2012

"Masaya Yamada x Yoji Kumagai" (Ito bijutsu-ten, Aichi)

2013

"Retsu-ten" (Matsuzakaya, Aichi and Tokyo, continued in 2015)

2014

"TABRIS" (Ito bijutsu-ten, Aichi and Saihodo Gallery, Tokyo)

2014

"Shin Nihonga Kenkyu-kai" (Matsuzakaya, Aichi)

2014

Two person exhibition "Kichitarou Kotozuka x Yoji Kumagai" (Nagoya City Archives, Aichi)

2015

"Something Precious: Water" (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)

2016

"Yokai Tea Ceremony" (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)

2016

"The 20th Anniversay Special Exhibition" (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)

2016

"Something Special: Ido (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)

2019

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

awards

2007

Received prize from JAXA (The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), "Nihonga wa uchu wo egaku"

2007

Selected for the 62nd Spring In-ten

2007

Selected for the 92nd Saiko In-ten

2009

Selected for the 94th Saiko In-ten

2011

Selected for Shingo Hoshino award at Toyohashi Triennale

Exhibitions