Ryuzo Kojima (Japan)

International Artist

Ryuzo Kojima (Japan)

International Artist

Ryuzo Kojima is a Japanese, mixed-media artist who has exhibited extensively throughout Tokyo. His mixed media works are so unique and peculiar; highlighting poignant interactions between nature and humans.  The exceptional thing about Ryuzo is the textual, layered feelings of his works; sometimes they will be on a structured board that he has shaped and carved or 3-dimensional behind a class frame. Ryuzo says we have misplaced the beauty of nature and its ability to show us space and time in our 21st century life and this is what his works aim to capture.

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BIOGRAPHY

‘I am a Tokyo-based artist who graduated from Zoukei University, Tokyo and have exhibited extensively around Tokyo, including Ginza Saegusa Gallery, Tanaka Yaesu Gallery, Akasaka Sanko, Ginza Saegusa Gallery and Koshindo Gallery.

My concept of this work is fusion of the nature and my expression. I have produced art-works through respect for distinctive feature of natural materials… wood, cloth and paper.
Human beings have been improving incredibly on civilization and lifestyle during the last 100 years. But we have misplaced nature’s ability to show us space and time. I believe it is the time to re-consider what we have done in the past and re-connect and admire the space and time nature’s beauty and simplicity has offer.’ – Ryuzo Kojima

ARTIST STATEMENT

In March 2011, a huge earthquake and Tsunami hit Fukushima/Tohoku in Japan.
It mercilessly destroyed vast areas, changing lives and taking lives.
It shouldn’t be forgotten, we should keep telling and retelling the story to the next generations.
This disaster has influenced my work – my sympathy and feelings towards those affected. I want to show my empathy and also make others aware of the risk of atomic energy through my artwork.

EXHIBITIONS

From 1983 til present – Ryuzo has been part of the annual Exhibition of Shinseisaku at Tokyo National Art Centre.
He is a member of the ‘Shinseisaku’ Society and helps in the judging and organising of this event.

2016 Exhibition of Shinseisaku , Gallery Inoue, Ginza, Tokyo JAPAN
2016 Seven Member’s Exhibition of Shinseisaku, Gallery Inoue, Ginza, Tokyo JAPAN
2015 Joshibi Women’s University of Fine Arts Teacher Exhibition, Gallery Hana, Tokyo JAPAN
2015 Interchange Exhibition with the French Woodblock Artists, Gallery U, Matsudo JAPAN
2013 Drawing Exhibition, Tokyo Gallery, Rutan JAPAN
2013 Private Exhibition, Atelier Suzuki, Ginza, Tokyo JAPAN
2012 Best Selection, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum Tokyo JAPAN
2012 Joshibi Women’s University of Fine Arts Teacher Exhibition,  Gallery Namiki JAPAN
2011 Exhibition, Atelier Suzuki, Ginza, Tokyo JAPAN
2011 Four Member’s Exhibition of Shinseisaku, Art Box Gallery JAPAN
2011 Private exhibition, Atelier Suzuki in Ginza, Tokyo JAPAN
2011 Charity to Protect an Elephant and a Tiger Exhibition, Tokyo Bunpoudou Gallery, Tokyo JAPAN
2009 New National Art Museum Show, Roppongi, Tokyo JAPAN
2009 Afternoon Atelier, Solo exhibition, Ginza Atelier Suzuki, Tokyo JAPAN
2009 Artists fussy about materials, Solo exhibition, Marunouchi Maruzen Gallery, Tokyo JAPAN
2008 Pulsation, Solo exhibition, Ginza Atelier Suzuki, Tokyo JAPAN
2008 Vol.2, Group exhibition,  Kaze Gallery, Tokyo JAPAN
2007 Afternoon Atelier Vol. 2, Solo Exhibition, Ginza Atelier Suzuki, Tokyo JAPAN
2007 Vol.1, Group exhibition Kaze Gallery, Tokyo JAPAN
2006 Afternoon Atelier Vol. 1, Solo exhibition, Ginza Atelier Suzuki, Tokyo JAPAN
2006 Beyond Time & Space, Solo exhibition, Tokyo JAPAN
2004 Solo exhibition, Ginza Atelier Suzuki, Tokyo JAPAN
2003 Solo exhibition, Gifu Gallery, Gifu JAPAN
2002 Joined The 36th Modern Art Exhibition of Government
2001 Solo exhibition, Ginza Atelier Suzuki, Tokyo JAPAN
2001 Prized at New Artist & New Products Award JAPAN
2000 Matsudo Art Society exhibition at Matsudo  Culture Gallery
2000 Matsudo-shi exhibition at Matsudo  Culture Gallery
(Examination committee too)
1997 Private Combo-Exhibition, Isetan Depart.Store Gallery, Chiba,  Tokyo JAPAN
1996 Planet Award, Ginza Atelier Suzuki, Tokyo JAPAN
1996 Private Combo-Exhibition, Isetan Depart.Store Gallery, Chiba, Tokyo JAPAN
1996 Solo exhibition, Suiran Gallery, Gunma JAPAN
1994 Solo exhibition, Ginza Atelier Suzuki, Tokyo JAPAN
1993 Solo exhibition, Seibu Depart. Store, Tokyo JAPAN
1992 Solo exhibition, Ginza Atelier Suzuki, Tokyo JAPAN
1992 Solo exhibition, Koshindo Gallery, Tokyo JAPAN
1991 Joined Ogisaka Prize Competition
1991 Solo exhibition, Ginza Saegusa Gallery, Tokyo JAPAN
1989 Joined Best Japan Prize Competition
1987 Solo exhibition, Ginza Saegusa Gallery, Tokyo JAPAN
1985 Solo Exhibition, Akasaka Sanko, Tokyo JAPAN
1983 Solo exhibition, Tanaka Yaesu Gallery, Tokyo JAPAN
1983 Exhibition of Shinseisaku at Tokyo National Art Center

ACHIEVEMENTS AND EXPERIENCE

A member of Japan Artists Association Inc and Shinseisaku Art Society
Director of Matsudo Art Society

Teaching-
2005 Joshibi Women’s University Art Design – Guidance of Painting
2009 Joshibi Women’s University Art Design – Art Design Healing and Guidance of Still life sketch and Nude woman sketch
2010 ~ 2013 Musashino Art University – Guidance of Painting
2012 Best Selection 2012 at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Muse Tokyo
2003 Winner of The 23rd Japan Art tournament
2002 Prized at New Artist & New Products Award
2002 Prized Artist show in Goraku Gallery Ginza – Tokyo
2001 Prized at New Artist & New Products Award
1984 The first win of New Artwork Competition.

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