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JUNYA TSUBOTA 坪田純哉


1974   
Born in Saitama, Japan 
Lives and works in Saitama, Japan


As a seasoned Nihonga artist, Junya Tsubota celebrates the four seasons of Japan within his work. Particularly concentrating on natural phenomena and forms, such as water and sky, he contrasts these elements with unearthly bright colors. His central focus with this melding of styles and subject matter is to bring a new form of harmony into the space the painting is displayed in. Tsubota’s works have appeared in exhibitions across Asia, Europe, and North America. He received his Master’s degree in painting in 2001 from Tokyo University of the Arts. 

EDUCATION

2001   
MFA, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan


1999   
BFA in Nihonga, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2023  
Junya Tsubota nihonga: Suimen ni Kirameku, Ikebukuro Tobu, Tokyo, Japan


2022  
Junya Tsubota: Rhythm, SEIZAN Gallery, New York


2021  
Junya Tsubota Nihonga-ten: Water and Universe, Fukuya Hachobori, 

Hiroshima, Japan

Junya Tsubota: Water and Universe, SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2020  
Junya Tsubota Nihonga-ten, Abeno Harukas, Osaka, Japan


2019  
Junya Tsubota-ten, Art Space Rashinban, Tokyo, Japan


2018  
Junya Tsubota Nihonga-ten, Abeno Harukas, Osaka, Japan

Junya Tsubota Nihonga-ten, Funabashi Tobu, Chiba, Japan

Junya Tsubota-ten, Gallery A BIENTOT, Tokyo, Japan


2016  
Junya Tsubota Nihonga-ten: Shiki no Kanade, Ikebukuro Tobu, Tokyo, Japan

Junya Tsubota-ten, Gallery A BIENTOT, Tokyo, Japan

Junya Tsubota Nihonga-ten, Niigata Mitsukoshi, Niigata, Japan

Junya Tsubota: Nihonga-ten, Tokyu Kichijoji, Tokyo, Japan


2015  
Junya Tsubota Nihonga-ten: Hikari no Niwa, Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi, Japan


2014  
Junya Tsubota Nihonga-ten, SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Junya Tsubota-ten, Gallery A BIENTOT, Tokyo, Japan


2013  
Junya Tsubota Nihonga-ten, Shinsaibashi Daimaru, Osaka, Japan


2012  
Junya Tsubota-ten, Gallery A BIENTOT, Tokyo, Japan


2010  
Junya Tsubota-ten, Gallery A BIENTOT, Tokyo, Japan


2009  
Junya Tsubota-ten, Shinseido gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2008  
Junya Tsubota-ten, Art Space Rashinban, Tokyo, Japan


2006  
Junya Tsubota-ten, Art Space Rashinban, Tokyo, Japan


2005  
Junya Tsubota: Reflection, Tenmonkan Gallery, Kagoshima, Japan


2004  
Junya Tsubota-ten, Art Space Rashinban, Tokyo, Japan

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2023  
Summer Group Show, SEIZAN Gallery, New York
Art Taipei 2022, Taipei World Trade Center, SEIZAN Gallery Booth, Taiwan


2022  
Utsuroiyuku Tayousei, Park Hotel Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Art in Japan, Ginza Mitsukoshi, Tokyo, Japan

The Dragon’s Thrilling Flight Through the Sky, GINZA SIX Artglorieux, Tokyo, Japan

SM toiu Neko, Gallery Seek, Tokyo, Japan


2021  
Art no Mikata, Ginza Mitsukoshi, Tokyo, Japan

Yoh no Kai-ten, Yoh Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

The Dragon’s Thrilling Flight Through the Sky, GINZA SIX Artglorieux, Tokyo, Japan

SM toiu Neko, Gallery Seek, Tokyo, Japan


2020  
The Red, Iwataya Mitsukoshi, Fukuoka, Japan

Keiro Fudeiro, Souei Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2019  
SUMMER EXHIBITION 2019, SEIZAN Gallery, New York

SM toiu Neko, Gallery Seek, Tokyo, Japan


2018  
Nihonga: Contemporary Art of Japan, SEIZAN Gallery, New York

KALEIDOSCOPE, Niigata Mitsukoshi, Niigata, Funabashi Tobu, Chiba, Japan

Something Precious, SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2017  
Something Precious, SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Contemporary Art no Sekai, Nagoya Mitsukoshi, Aichi, Japan

Shinshyun Manpuku! Onenga-ten, FEI ART MUSEUM YOKOHAMA, Kanagawa, Japan

SM toiu Neko, Gallery Seek, Tokyo, Japan


2016  
20th Anniversary Tokubetsu kikaku-ten, SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2015  
Something Precious, SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2014  
Something Precious, SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

KALEIDOSCOPE, SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2013  
SENSU-ten, SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Something Precious, SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2012  
Korekara, Hiroshima Mitsukoshi, Hiroshima, Japan

Something Precious, SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2011  
CAF Nebula, The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Saitama, Japan

Something Precious, SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2010  
Sumi no Atarashii Kanousei, Art Space Rashinban, Tokyo, Japan

Something Precious, SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2009  
Something Precious, SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2008  
KALEIDOSCOPE, Daimaru Sapporo, Hokkaido, Daimaru Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan 

ART SALAD, MasuiiRDR, Saitama, Japan, KWANHOON gallery, Seoul, Korea

AWARDS

2001  
Honorable Mention, Aogaki 2001 Nihonga-ten


1997  
Ataka Award, Tokyo University of the Arts

EXHIBITIONS

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Summer Group Show 2023

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Junya Tsubota: Rhythm

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Summer Exhibition 2019

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Nihonga: Contemporary Art of Japan

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