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Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita

Born in Tokyo in 1886, as a second son of Japanese army medical officer, Tsuguakira Fujita. In 1913, he started living in Montparnasse, Paris, promising to return to Japan after 3 years of study. He Joined the authoritative Salon d’Automne in 1919 for the first time with six of his paintings. All were selected and exhibited. His milky white nude painting was exhibited in public for the first time at the Salon d’Automne in 1921 and received high acclaim. Honored with La Légion d’honneur by France, and with l’Ordre de Léopold I by Belgium in 1925. He returned to Japan and Lived in Tokyo in 1933. In 1949, he left Japan and stayed in NY. Arrived in Paris the following year. Acquired French nationality by renouncing his Japanese nationality in 1955. He converted to Catholicism in 1959. Was baptized at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims and christened Léonard. Dies of cancer in Zurich, Switzerland, at the age of 81 in 1968. His funeral took place at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims.

Matazo KAYAMA

Born in Kyoto in 1927 as the grandson of a Kano School painter and the son of a Nishijin textile pattern designer. Graduated from the Department of Japanese Painting of the Kyoto Municipal School of Fine Arts and Crafts, where his work attracted much attention, and entered the Tokyo School of Fine Arts (now Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music). After graduation from the Tokyo School of Fine Arts, he studied under Yamamoto Kyujin (1900-1986). Self-Portrait and Zoo won the Study Group Award at the 2nd Sozo Bijutsu Spring Exhibition. Held his first solo exhibition at the Yoseido Gallery in 1954. Met Misao Yokoyama in 1957 and became friend. Exhibited Flight in the 2th Guggenheim Award International Art Exhibition. Organized the art group Todoroki-kai with Tadashi Ishimoto and Misao Yokoyama. Held a one-man exhibition at the Janet Nestler Gallery (NY) in 1961. Became Professor of Japanese Painting Deparment at the Tama Art University in 1966. In 1973, with the passing of his friend Misao Yokoyama, he resigned from the Japanese Painting Department of Tama Art University but reappointed in 1977. Completed the ceiling painting Dragon at Kuon-ji Temple in 1984. Became Professor at the Tokyo University of the Arts in 1988 after resigning from the Tama Art University. Started to design other than artworks such as the BMW Art Car series as well as the interior design of aircrafts and luxury cruisers. Retired from the Tokyo University of the Arts in 1995. The exhibition "KAYAMA MATAZO — New Triumphs for Old Traditions" was held in the Japanese Galleries at the British Museum in 1996. Completed The Tenryu-ji Cloud Dragon in 1997 and was selected as a Person of Cultural Merit the same year. Honored with the Order of Culture in 2003. Dies at the age of 76 in 2004.

Hiroshi SUGIMOTO

Born in Tokyo in 1948. Graduated the Saint Paul’s University in Tokyo. Resident of New York City since 1974. His signature practice spans the mediums of photography, sculpture, installation, performing arts, architecture and garden design and his works are collected in some of the most prestigious museums of the world. His art deals with history and temporal existence through a variety of subject matters. He explores issues surrounding time, empiricism, and metaphysics that bridge eastern and western ideologies while examining the nature of perception and the origins of consciousness. Founded an architectural design office New Meterial Research Laboratory in 2008 and Odawara Art Foundation in 2009. Awarded the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 2001, the 21st Praemium Imperiale in 2009, the Isamu Noguchi Award in 2014 and others. Honored with the Order of the Medal with Purple Ribbon, the Officier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. Recently selected as Person of Cultural Merit. Published many books including Sense of Space, Time Exposed,
Utsutsu na zou, Origin of Art.

Toyomi HOSHINA

Born in Nagano in 1953. Obtained Doctor of Fine Arts in painting from the Tokyo University of the Arts. Selected as the Overseas Research Fellowships by the Agency for Cultural Affairs and stayed in US in
order to inquire about the new possibility of the environmental art installation of the United States and Europe. Participated to Paris Biennale in 1982 and to various group exhibitions worldwide. Held solo exhibition ‘VOICE OF SITE’ in SVA Gallery in NY, ‘Art and Environment’ at the Museum of University of Hawaii, ‘Paper Anti Paper’ at China Central Academy of Fine Arts and in many galleries in Japan such as
Gallery Kobayashi and Gallery Omotesando, Tokyo. Trustee, Vice President, Professor of Tokyo University of the Arts.

IKEDA Manabu

Born in Saga. Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts. Obtained MFA in design.
Recipient of the Emerging Artist Overseas Study Grand of the Agency for Cultural Affairs and stayed in Vancouver, Canada.
Held solo exhibitions among which the “IKEDA Manabu The Pen -Condensed Universe-” is travelling in Japan now. Invited to many national/international group exhibitions such as the “Great New Wave: Contemporary Art from Japan” group exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Canada. Has his works collected in Mori Art Museum, Chazen Museum of Art (USA). Currently, resident of Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

KINUTANI Koji

Born in Nara, 1943. Completed the graduate school of Tokyo University of the Arts. Entered to the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice and studied fresco painting techniques. Selected as a trainee for 1977 Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists. Selected as one of the official poster artists of Nagano Winter Olympics Game. Established Koji Kinutani Prize sponsored by Mainichi Dokuritsu Prize. Won Ohashi Prize and Dokuritsu Prize in 1966, Yasui Prize in 1974 and Japan Art Academy Prize in 2001. Person of Cultural Merit. Professor Emeritus of Tokyo University of the Arts. Member of the Japan Art Academy and the Dokuritsu Art Association.

Hiroshi SENJU

Born in Tokyo, 1958.
Obtained BFA and MFA from the Tokyo University of Arts. Withdrew from the doctoral program after fulfilling the credit requirements at the Graduate School of Tokyo University of the Arts. Received Honorable Mention at 46th La Biennale di Venezia. His works are installed and collected by institutions/ museums such as Shofuso, Philadelphia, USA, Daitokuji Jukoin Temple, Yakushiji Temple and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, USA. Former President of Kyoto University of Art & Design. Presently Professor in Kyoto University of Art & Design.

Miwa KOMATSU

Born in Nagano, 1984. Graduated from Joshi College of Art and Design. Donated Shin-Fudoki to Izumo Grand Shrine and is permanently exhibited at Shinkoden. Collaborating with Kazuyuki Ishihara, she created Komainu and participated to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Her work won Gold Medal and is collected in the British Museum. A documentary TV program “Jonetsu Tairiku” featured Komatsu’s art creation. Her latest work will be collected and exhibited in WTC, NY. She is also an expert in naginata.

Eikoh HOSOE

Born in Yamagata, 1933. Graduated from Tokyo Junior College of Photography. Directed and produced short film “Navel and the A-Bomb”. Produced many important works such as Man and Woman, Ordeal by Roses and Kamaitachi. Received numerous awards including the 150th Anniversary Special Medal from Royal Photographic Society (UK). Became the first Japanese to receive the Lucie Awards. Honored with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette. Person of Cultural Merit. Professor Emeritus at Tokyo Polytechnic University.

Yoshiyasu TAMURA

Born in Gunma, 1977. Graduated from Gunma University, Faculty of Education. Started drawing manga series Fudegami on Monthly Shonen Jump from 2003. At the same time, began career as painter inspired by Western style. After having his work exhibited at “Nihonga ZERO”, exhibition under supervision of Takashi MURAKAMI, started exhibiting at numerous overseas art fairs. Held solo exhibition at Palazzo Medici-Riccardi in Florence, Italy. Collaborated with London fashion brand McQ Alexander McQueen for women autumn /winter collection 2014.

Hiroko KOSHINO

Born in Osaka. Studied under Masao HARA. Debuted collection in Tokyo in 1977 to now and in Paris from 1982-1992 and 2009-2010. Became the first Japanese designer to join Alta Moda, Rome. Start exhibiting artworks in Japan and overseas.
Opened KH GALLERY in Ginza and in Ashiya, Kobe.

Rieko MORITA

Born in Hy -ogo,1955. MFA in Japanese Painting from Kyoto City University of Arts. Visiting professor, Kyoto City University of Arts visiting professor. Shunkiten Award at the Spring Soga Exhibition. Honorable mention at the Tokyo Central Museum Japanese Painting Grand Prix Exhibition. Grand Prix at the Kawabata Ryushi Grand Prix Exhibition. Yamatane Museum Japanese Painting Grand Prix Exhibition. Award: Kyoto Cultural prize, Incentive prize (Study abroad), Takashimaya Art prize, Kyoto City Art New Face prize,
Kyoto prefecture Cultural Contribution prize, Kyoto bijyutu prize, and many other prizes.

Reiichi TSUCHIYA

Born in Gifu,1946. Graduated Musashino Art University.Studied under Toichi KATO. Member of NIHON GEIJITSU IN. Nitten vice chief director. Professor Emeritus, Visiting professor, KANAZAWA COLLEGE OF ART. Award: Specialties·Hakujyu prize, Encouragement prize, Nissyunn prize, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports prize, MOA Mokithi OKADA prize·Excellence prize, Japan Art Academy prize and many other prizes.

Koji KINUTANI

Born in Nara,1943. The Culture of Merit. Member of NIHON GEIJITSU IN. Professor Emeritus, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. Professor at -Osaka University of the Arts and Music. Finished the post graduate course on murals at Tokyo National University of Fine arts and Music. Entered the Academy in Venice and studied classical and contemporary fresco techniques. Award: -Ohashi prize, Dokuritsu prize, Yasui prize, Japan Art Academy prize and many other prizes. Member of DOKURITSU BIJUTSU Association.

Satoshi Omura

Born in Yamanashi. Obtained Ph.D. at the Tokyo University
of Science. World leader in bioorganic chemistry and has contributed to the welfare of mankind. Known for his love of art and art collections. Received numerous awards including 2015 Nobel Prize in Medicine. Decorated with France’s l’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur Chevalier, the Order of the Sacred Treasure and the Order of Culture. Person of Cultural Merits. Distinguished Emeritus Professor at Kitasato University and President Emeritus of Joshibi University of Art and Design.

River Gallery(Gill Pattison)

River Gallery I
Hours: 10:00-18:00
Closed: None (except during water festival,
which is about 5 days in April)
Admission: Free
Access: 1st floor, Strand Hotel Annex
Address: Strand Hotel Annex 92 Strand Rd, Yangon, Myanmar Contact: +95(1)-243377/8/9 
rivergalleryart@gmail.com www.rivergallerymyanmar.com

River Gallery II
Hours: 10:00-18:00
Closed: None (except during water festival,
which is about 5 days in April)
Admission: Free
Access: 3 minutes walk from the original gallery in The Strand Address: 33/35, 37th and 38th Street, Yangon, Myanmar Contact: +95(1)-378617 
rivergalleryart@gmail.com www.rivergallerymyanmar.com

TANABE Shouchiku & WAKAMIYA Takashi

TANABE Shouchiku
Born in Osaka, in 1973. Graduated from Tokyo Art University, major in sculpture. Winning the first prize at the Osaka craft exhibition in 2004 and many other prizes. Solo exhibition: Takashimaya Nihonbashi Gallery” X” in 2010. “ZEN” Pierre Marie Giraud gallery and many others. Group exhibition: Tanabe Shochiku × Hikoju Makie “Bamboo and Urushi, Jakuchu from The Price Collection” in 2013 and many others. Museum Collections: Japan Imperial Household Agency/ British Museum, London, UK/ Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, USA/ Museum Fine Art of Boston, USA and many others.

WAKAMIYA Takashi
Born in Wajima, Ishikawa in 1964. Winning the grand prize of “The Ishikawa International Urushi Exhibition 2014”. Held solo exhibition, Kakitsubata, Tokyo in 2008.Held group exhibition, Tanabe Shochiku×Hikoju Makie ”Bamboo and Urushi, Jakuchu from The Price Collection” in 2013. Designated by the Agency for Cultural Affairs as a cultural ambassador in 2014. Museum Collections: Museum of Ethnology, Hamburg, Germany/ Museum of Lacquer Art, Münster, Germany/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK.

NABATAME Koichi

Born in Ibaraki in 1933. Studied under KATAYAMA Nanpu, MATSUO Toshio. Member of Nihon Geijutsuin. Coterie of Japan Art Institute, Business execution director. Won the Nihon Geijutsu-in Prize. Received Taikan Prize 3 times, Prime Minister Prize, Minister of Education Prize, Foreign Minister Prize, MAEDA Seison Prize, Encouragement Prize and many other prizes at the Japan Art Institute.

OKUTANI Hiroshi

Born in Kochi, 1934. The Culture of Merit. Member of NIHON GEIJUTSU IN. Completes post-graduate course at Tokyo University of the Arts (oil painting). Award: the DOKURITSU prize, the 1st Showa-kai prize, the Ministry of Education Award for Fine Arts, the Konju-hosho, the Grand prize of the Togo Seiji Muse., the Japanese Art Academy prize and many other prizes. Member of DOKURITSU BIJUTSU Association.

YAMAGUCHI Akira

Born in Tokyo in 1969 and grown up in Kiryu City, Gunma. Graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, MA in Oil Pain- ting. Won the Runner-up Prize The 4th Taro Okamoto Memorial Award for Contemporary Art in 2001 and The 12th KOBAYASHI Hideo Award for his book “Hen na Nihon Bijutsushi” in 2013. Held the solo -exhibition
[YAMAGUCHI Akira: Stepping Back to Seek the Underneath], Contempo- rary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, February to May, 2015. And he is going to have a solo exhibition “Kisha to Katana (meaning: Steam Train and Sword)” at KIRISHIMA OPEN-AIR MUSEUM from Jul. 17 to Sep. 23. Battle scenes, mixed space-time, and bird’s-eye views that are very detailed as if they fill up the whole picture -he uses these as a motif. He is known for a style that contains humor and a cynical viewpoint, with which he has never bored the viewers.

Fram Kitagawa

Born in Niigata Pref. in 1946. Graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He has been responsible for a wide range of art projects such as the 1978 Antoni Gaudi exhibition and the Apartheid Non! International Art Festival. He has received high praise for his involvement in activities relating to community development, such as his lead role in the planning of the Faret Tachikawa Art Project and the cultural activities he oversees at the Daikanyama Hillside Terrace, for which he was awarded the Mécénat Grand Prix. He served as the general director of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale in 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009, and 2012, and has made a major contribution to the development of the region through art. He has also served as the general director of the Setouchi Triennale since 2010. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Republic, the Order of Culture from the Republic of Poland, the 2006 Japanese Education Minister’s Award for Art (in the field of art promotion), and the Order of Australia: Honorary Member (AO) in the General Division (2012). Chairman, Art Front Gallery Co.,Ltd.

INOUE Manji

Born in Arita Town, Saga Pref. in 1929. Began to work under 12th Sakaida Kakiemon in 1945. Studied the Hakuji (white porcelain) and the technique of potter’s wheel under Okugawa Chuemon in 1952. Retire from Sakaida Kakiemon and began to work as technical officer in Saga Ceramics Research Laboratory in 1958. Recognized as a Contemporary Master Craftsman by the Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare in 1979. Travelled to the USA 19 times to conduct art lectures at the New Mexico State University Department of Art from 1983. Currently a lecture in the Art Education Program. Received the Minister of Education, Science and Culture Prize at the Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition, and his work was purchased by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 1987. Solo exhibition in Germany for the Japan-Germany Cultural Exchange Exhi- bition (Hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Germa- ny Art Museum), and designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Pro- perty (Living National Treasure) in 1995. Solo exhibition at the Néprajzi Múzeum in Hungary, and his work was purchased by the National Muse- um of Modern Art, Tokyo and received the Medal with Purple Ribbon in 1997. Solo exhibition in Monaco “Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Prince Rainier’s Accession” in 1999. Received the Order of the Risingun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon in 2003. Held solo exhibitions for cul- tural exchange in many countries including New York etc. At present: Councilor of Japan Ko- gei Association. Honorary Citizen of Arita-machi.

MATSUO TOSHIO

Born in Nagasaki. Studied under KATAYAMA Nanpu. Person of Cultural Merits. The Order of Culture. Won the Japan Art Academy Prize. 2 times of the Minister of Education Prize. 1st Manager of the Japan Art Academy. Chief Director and Coterie of Japan Art Institute.

Sueo Mizuma

MIZUMA Sueo was born in Tokyo in 1946, and graduated from the Department of Arts and Literature at Seijo University. He established the Mizuma Art Gallery in Aoyama in 1994. (Now in Ichigayatamachi, Shinjuku-ku.) Since the 2000’s, he expands his international activities and began to participate in global art fairs. Curating some exhibitions such as “Zipangu” actively, he is dedicated to discover, support and introduce young Japanese and Asian Artists to the international art scene. His first book “Art ni totte kachi towa nanika (meaning: What is the worth of art?)” was published in 2014.
(Portrait: photo by NOGUCHI Hiroshi )

NASIRUN

NASIRUN (Born in Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia, 1965) grew up in an isolated place, alienated from the modern world to which he never grew fully acustomed to. He is one of the most popular artist in Indonesia. Nasirun translates current political, social or personal issues into magical Javanese iconography and philosophy, like looking into our world trough a Javanese stage play. He is chosen as an Indonesian representative by international exhibition such as the Singapore Biennale 2013.