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Yoji kumagai

Born in 1982 in Aichi Prefecture, Japan Works and lives in Aichi Prefecture, Japan

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 accumulates within his subconscious. His characters combine the gravity of real flesh and blood with a lightness that makes them seem as if they are clothed in multiple layers of air.


selected solo exhibitions

2017

"Yoji Kumagai: Japanese Style Paintings" (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)

2013

Solo Exhibition (Ito bijutsu-ten, Aichi)

2007

Solo Exhibition (Gallery Kusabue, Aichi)

selected group exhibitions

2019

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

2016

"Yokai Tea Ceremony" (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
"The 20th Anniversay Special Exhibition" (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
"Something Special: Ido (SEIZAN Gallery, Toyko)

2015

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

2014

"TABRIS" (Ito bijutsu-ten, Aichi and Saihodo Gallery, Tokyo)
"Shin Nihonga Kenkyu-kai" (Matsuzakaya, Aichi)
Two person exhibition "Kichitarou Kotozuka x Yoji Kumagai" (Nagoya City Archives, Aichi)

2013

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

2012

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

2011

"Yamazato Art Meguri: Kitemin! Okumikawa in Yuya-spa" (Aichi, continued until 2013)
"Se no kai" (Matsuzakaya, Aichi)

awards

2011

Selected for Shingo Hoshino award at Toyohashi Triennale

2009

Selected for the 94th Saiko In-ten

2007

Received prize from JAXA (The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), "Nihonga wa uchu wo egaku"
Selected for the 62nd Spring In-ten
Selected for the 92nd Saiko In-ten

Exhibitions