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EMI KATSUTA


Born in 1983 in Nagasaki, Japan
Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan


Defined by her signature use of bright color and unique ability to mix reality and illusion within a wooden medium, Japanese sculptor Emi Katsuta recently debuted in New York with her solo exhibition Emi Katsuta: That Fantastic Someone. Inspired by local media events in Japan that included the world’s increasing obsession with social media and the rise of the #MeToo movement, Katsuta carved her place in Japanese contemporary art with her nearly life-sized sculpture Tiger Girl, which paid tribute to young women worldwide. Through her exhibitions in Europe, Asia, and America, Katsuta has quickly become known for her sculptures which simultaneously invoke images of wonder and loneliness. 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018

Emi Katsuta Sculpture Exhibition - Sore Zore no Shiten,
(Matsuzakaya Nagoya, Aichi)
Emi Katsuta: That Fantastic Someone (SEIZAN Gallery, New York)


2016

Emi Katsuta Sculpture Exhibition - Talking Eyes (Sendai Mitsukoshi Art Gallery, Sendai)
Emi Katsuta Sculpture Exhibition - Listening Eyes (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Honten 6F Art Square, Tokyo)


2015

Emi Katsuta Sculpture Exhibition – eyesight –, Art Fair Tokyo (Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo)
Emi Katsuta Sculpture Exhibition - Sore Zore no Shiten (Nagasaki Hamaya Art Gallery, Nagasaki) 


2013

Solo Exhibition (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)


2012

Fresh 2012 Emi Katsuta (Contemporary Art Museum ISE, Mie)


2009

NADiff Window Gallery vol. 1 – Emi Katsuta,
NADiff a/p/a/r/t (Ebisu, Tokyo)
Fresh

2009 Emi Katsuta (Contemporary Art Museum ISE, Mie)

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2018

Koki Tsujimoto / Emi Katsuda Futari-ten - Sense (Tobu Ikebukuro, Tokyo)


2017

Mitsukoshi Isetan x Beams Stand Kyushu (Isetan Shinjuku, Tokyo)
Mitsukoshi Bijutsu 110th Anniversary -HOPES Jiseidai 100 Senten,
(Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Honkan, Tokyo)


2016

Hankyu x Art Collectors - New Star Tachi no Bijutsu-Ten (Hankyu Umeda Art Gallery, Osaka)


2015

Young Art Taipei 2015 (Shelton Grand Taipei, Taiwan)


2014

Suteki Kuukan he no Okurimono (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Honten 6F Art Square, Tokyo)


2013

Mother’s Day (Shinjuku Isetan 5F Art Gallery, Tokyo)


2012

Hasu no Kai (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, until 2014)
Something Precious (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, until 2017) 


2011

Matomo-ten (Takamatsu Mitsukoshi Art Gallery, Kagawa, until 2012)


2010

Animamix Biennial 2009-2010 (Today Art Museum, Beijing, China)


2008

GEISAI MUSEUM #2 (Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo)
The 4th Atelier Matsuei Arui ha Mirai (Kyu Hirakushi Tanaka Tei, Tokyo)


2007

Aichi Prefectural Art University, Graduate Thesis Exhibition, (Aichi Prefectural Art and Culture Center, Aichi)
The 3rd Atelier Matsuei Arui ha Mirai (Kyu Hirakushi Tanaka Tei, Tokyo)


2006

Parque - Aichi Prefectural Art University Art Festival (Aichi)

AWARDS

2008

Geidai Art Plaza – nominated for grand prize
Via Art 2008, Special Jury Prize of New Art Division President, Kimiaki Ashino
Jury Award
Geidai Art Plaza, Grand Prize Exhibition, Geidai Art Plaza (Tokyo)


2007

Aichi Prefectural University of the Arts, Prize for superior artwork
- Awarded for thesis project


2006

Parque Grand Prize

EXHIBITIONS

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Emi Katsuta: That Fantastic Someone