Yota Hanazawa

Yota Hanazawa

Born in Tokyo

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

Selected Exhibitions

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