Yoji Kumagai, Galium Garden, 2019 Mineral pigments, mud pigments, chalk, vermillion on Kumohada Mashi mounted on wood panel 13.1 x 20.9 x 0.9 inches (33.3 x 53 x 2.1 cm)

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YOJI KUMAGAI


Born in 1982 in Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Lives and works 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

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Reimagined: Contemporary Artists Take on The Tale of Genji