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ERI IWASAKI


Born in 1968 in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
Lives and works in Kyoto, Japan


Eri Iwasaki  (b. 1968 in Hyogo, Japan) brings new portraits to the fair. Pitch dark backgrounds painted in ground minerals, feature ethereal characters and swirling clouds rendered in platinum paint. The serene faces with a steady gaze and straight postures are reminiscent of Buddhist statues in Kyoto, where the artist lives and works. 

EDUCATION

1990

Graduated from Kyoto Saga University of Arts (former Kyoto Saga Junior College of Arts)

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020

Eri Iwasaki: Tiny Night, Tiny Light (SEIZAN Gallery, New York)


2017

Eri Iwasaki Nihonga Exhibition: Hibi (Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi)


2015

Eri Iwasaki Nihonga Exhibition: Distant Light, the World Begins (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo; Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi)


2013

Eri Iwasaki Nihonga Exhibition: Niwa, a Garden (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)


2011

Eri Iwasaki Nihonga Exhibition: Stories, Hito wo egaku (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo; JR Osaka Mitsukoshi Isetan, Osaka; Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi) 


2005 - 2007

Solo Exhibitions (Tokyo)


1999 - 2009
Solo Exhibitions (Kyoto)

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019

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


2018

Nihonga: Contemporary Art of Japan (SEIZAN Gallery, New York)


2017 - 2018

The Red Women (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
Group Seishin Nihonga-ten (Kyoto Takashimaya; Osaka Takashimaya; Nihonbashi Takashimaya, Tokyo)


2016 - 2018

So to Zo 2016: Gendai Nihon Kaiga, Kogei, Shinsaku-ten (Tokyo Art Club, Kyoto Art Club, Kanazawa Art Club, Osaka Art Club, Nagoya Art Club)


2014

Wakate Nihonga-ten (Niigata Mitsukoshi)


2012

Exhibited at art fairs: Asia Top Gallery Art Fair HK12, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong; ART KYOTO 2012; ART TAIPEI


2010, 2011

Art Fair Tokyo (Tokyo Intrnational Forum, SEIZAN Gallery Booth)
Nihonga-kyo (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, until 2018; travelled to JR Osaka Mitsukoshi and Isetan, Tokyo in 2011, 2014)
KIAF (Korea International Art Fair), Seoul
Tokyo Contemporary Art Fair (Tokyo Art Forum)


2009

Kyoto Nihonga Shin-ten (JR Kyoto Isetan, Art Museum “Eki”, Kyoto)
Art Fair Tokyo (Tokyo International Forum, SEIZAN Gallery Booth, Tokyo)


2008

Nihonga, Kyoto kara no Hyogen NEXT no 10-nenkan, 1998 – 2007 (Osaka Seikei University)
Sho: Jidai wo Kirihiraku Nihonga-ten (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)


2007

Nihonga Hyogen no Tayosei (Osaka Seikei University) 


2006

Nihonga no Miryoku – Utsukushiki Hito to Kokoro, Ningen Hyogen, Meiji Kara Gendai Made (Tokushima Modern Art Museum) 


2001

Kyoto-fu Bijutsu Kōgei Senbatsu-ten (Kyoto Bunka Museum, Kyoto, continued in 2003, 2005)


2000

Group Exhibition NEXT-ten (Kyoto, continued in 2004-2007)

AWARDS

2010

Kyoto City Emerging Artist Award


2001

Kyo-ten Exhibition (Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art), Mayor's Award


1998

Kyoto Nihonga Painters Association Selection Exhibition, Mainichi Newspaper Award


1997

Aogaki 2001 Nihonga-ten, Hyogo Arts and Cultural Association Award
Kyo-ten Exhibition (Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art), Kurenai Award


1993

Kyo-ten Exhibition (Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto)Kurnai Award


1991

Ohmishima Art Museum New Kyoto Nihonga Artist Exhibition, Honorable Mention


1990

Daikakuji Award for Thesis Work

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Kyoto Prefecture 

EXHIBITIONS

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Nihonga: Contemporary Art of Japan

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Reimagined: Contemporary Artists Take on The Tale of Genji

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Eri Iwasaki: Tiny Night, Tiny Light