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Yota Hanazawa

Yota Hanazawa

Born in Tokyo

1991
Tokyo University of the Arts, Oil painting, B.F.A., Top Award, Mr. O Commemoration Award
1993
​ Tokyo University of the Arts, Oil painting, M.F.A.
1996
Completed study at Tokyo University of the Arts, Oil painting, Ph.D., Oil Painting

Selected Exhibitions

2017
Sato International Cultural Scholarship Foundation 25th Anniversary:Sato Museum of Art /Tokyo,Japan
2016
New-wave Artists 2016Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Japan
2015
Best Selection 2015: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Japan
2014
Japan-Korea Cultural Exchange Exhibition, Lake Daecheong Museum, South Korea
2010
Beppu Asia Biennale of Contemporary Art 2010, Beppu Art Museum, Japan
2008
Busan Biennale 2008 : Busan Museum of Modern Art, South Korea
2005
The Vision of Contemporary Art 2006 (VOCA):Ueno Royal Museum, Japan
2005
Descending Images :Yamagata Museum of Art, Japan
2004
「Kara-Collages」: CAC Passages Contemporary Art Center, Troyes, France

Selected Collection

Tokyo National University of Arts Museum, Daiichi Life、Oki Electric Research Center Tokyo、DIAM DLIBJ asset management Co., LTD、CAC PASSAGES Contemporary Art Center, etc
“I want to create a surface that expresses dialogue beyond words, our mind affectively, and resistance forcefully.” This is what Hanazawa said to me at his solo exhibition 26 years ago. It isn’t difficult for the audience to imagine that his expressive spirit still lives on. The indented surface is the important element in portraying his ‘resistance.’ He places wimpled a canvas over the shaped board before he applies the color. The interaction between the shaped board, wimpled canvas, and the thickly rendered paints produce the indented surface all over the plain, and conveys what he calls ‘resistance.’ Furthermore, for Hanazawa’s work, instead of using words such as ‘paint’ or ‘render,’ it is appropriate to use the verb ‘place’ when describing how he applies paints on canvas. By boldly using a painting knife or leaving traces of his brushstrokes, the surface obtains not only density but also vivid chromatic effects. The rhythm of organic colors that emerges out of his canvas evokes the scenery of Southern France from high above, or the idyllic countryside of South Italy. Dense and forceful, while possessing a flexible beauty - that is the true virtu of Hanazwa’s artwork. ------Kei Tateshima, Director of Sato Museum

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