Biography

KANEKO Shinichi
Tokyo-based Japanese contemporary artist.
1974: Born.
1999: Graduated from the Department of Design, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts.
2001: Majored in design, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts.

In 2013, Kaneko started production of the Couple Series with the theme of “relationships” and since then has expanded the series in broad-ranging media including sculpture, paintings, and drawings. He captures relationships as the “change triggered by the connection between things or events,” and visualizes such complicated states as “entanglement.” The entanglement manifested in the Couple Series was inspired by the sexual loving so sensuously depicted in shunga woodblock prints. Shunga, literally spring pictures, is a type of erotic ukiyo-e and a traditional Japanese art. The artist has particularly directed his attention to the entangled limbs so characteristic of shunga. He jubilantly quotes the entanglement of hands and feet, and limbs and bodies in shunga, and reconsiders the magnificent meaning contained in “relationship” and thereby continues exploring the beauty of the word.

Main exhibition venues: Solo shows: Gallery Miyasaka (from 2005); JR Yufuin Station Art Hall (2011); Kondo residence, a tangible cultural property registered by the Japanese government (2013). Group exhibitions in many galleries. His works were also exhibited in Fresh Air, a sculpture exhibition in the UK (2013); and Art Fair Tokyo (2016). A drawing was used for the graphics of a magazine advert for iichiko (shōchū distilled spirit) (from June 2018).

CV

KANEKO Shinichi

1974 Born in Aichi, Japan

Education

1999 Tokyo University of the Arts, BFA in design
2001 Tokyo University of the Arts, MFA in design

TEACHING POSITIONS

2001
-2015
Lecturer, Department of Design Tokyo University of the Arts (formerly Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music)

Solo Exhibitions

2019 "the Couple vol.5 - Dance of entanglement", GALLERY MIYASAKA, Tokyo, Japan
2018 "10 Seconds Drawing", Akane Lounge, Tokyo, Japan
2017 "the Couple vol.4", GALLERY MIYASAKA, Tokyo, Japan
2017 "the Couple vol.3", OKANO YAYOI SHOUTEN × KASUTORI SHOBOU, Tokyo, Japan
2016 "the Couple vol.2 -MUSUBITO", GALLERY MIYASAKA, Tokyo, Japan
2014 "the Couple vol.1 -Mazarimazaru-hito", GALLERY MIYASAKA, Tokyo, Japan
2014 "Forest of the Mind", CREATIVE SPACE HAYASHI, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
2013 "Floating body", KYU-KONDO-TEI (Registered Tangible Cultural Properties), Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
2012 "- Teleport -", GALLERY MIYASAKA, Tokyo, Japan
2011 "The things seen between blinks", JR YUFUIN STATION ART HALL, Oita Prefecture, Japan
2011 "Memory of the most attractive world before given a name and meaning", GALLERY MIYASAKA, Tokyo, Japan
2010 "The things seen between blinks", GALLERY KINGYO, Tokyo, Japan
2009 "Residents in me", GALLERY MIYASAKA, Tokyo, Japan
2008 "Animals and the metaphor", GALLERY MIYASAKA, Tokyo, Japan
2006 "KANEKO Shinichi", GALLERY MIYASAKA, Tokyo, Japan
2005 "KANEKO Shinichi", GALLERY MIYASAKA, Tokyo, Japan
2004 "KANEKO Shinichi", ICHY'S GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan

Group Exhibitions

2013 "Fresh Air 2013", Biennale, Quenington Old Rectory England
2013 "The Form", TOKYO UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTSIKEDA LABORATORY, Tokyo, Japan
2012 "Mitsukoshi × Tokyo University of the Arts, Summer Arts Festival 2012-Young Artists lead the next generation-", MITSUKOSHI, Tokyo, Japan
2011 "Mitsukoshi × Tokyo University of the Arts, Summer Arts Festival 2011-Young Artists lead the next generation-", MITSUKOSHI, Tokyo, Japan
2011 "SHOWCASE SHOW", MEGUMI OGITA GALLERY SHOWCASE, Tokyo, Japan
2008 "DAIYA RING", GALLERY MIYASAKA, Tokyo, Japan
2007 "Leif.designpark with KANEKO Shinichi", TOKYO DESIGN CENTER, Tokyo, Japan [Produced sculptures and furniture]
2007 "Leif.designpark with KANEKO Shinichi", MILANO SALONE SATELLITE, Milan, Italy
2005 "Our room Shinji Hongo × Shinichi Kaneko", ICHYES GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan
2000 "Little Sculpture", JPAN CITY CENTER RYOKUDO GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan
2000
-2005
"The Form", TOKYO UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS IKEDA LABORATORY, Tokyo, Japan

Art Fair

2016 "ART FAIR TOKYO 2016", Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan (Gallery: CREATIVESPACE HAYASHI)

Awards

2018 Honorable Mention award / The 9th Kiyosu City Haruhi Painting Triennale, Aichi, Japan
2005 Prize winner / CONCRETE ART MUSEUM VOL.2, AICHI Prefecture, Japan

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2012 Japanese Magazine, "Gallery 2012 vol.9", (Gallery Station Co.,Ltd, Tokyo)

Others

2018 A drawing was used for the graphics of a magazine advert for iichiko (shōchū distilled spirit) (from June 2018)