A Japanese artist, Maiko Kobayashi was born on 19 January 1977 in Yokohama-City,
and grew up for 10 years in Sagamihara-City, Kanagawa Prefecture, then moved to Machida-City,
Tokyo where she spent a lot of time. She lives and works in Tokyo.
Education and study
Studied in Scenography and Display, The Junior College of Musashino Art University, Tokyo Japan,
from 1995 to 1998; then did in Life drawing and sketching, Setsu Mode Seminar, Tokyo Japan,
from 1999 to 2000 (just 6 months); and studied in Art Practice, School of Arts and Social sciences,
Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne England, from 2007 to 2008.
1998 Certificate in Scenography and Display, The Junior College of Musashino Art University, Tokyo Japan
2008 Master of Arts with Distinction in Art Practice, School of Arts and Social sciences, Northumbria University,
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
2008 Master course Graduation Work was purchased by Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
“Human beings are endlessly interesting. Human emotion always fascinates me.
Through my invented form I am exploring the possibilities of existence.”
The above phrase is my concise artist statement. This has been underlying my motivation since I began to draw animal-like creatures on
paper. The creatures I have invented naturally consist of a transient mood or momentary emotion evoked by the fragmentary memories
of the present and the past. I believe that they are the embodiment of such a complex state of mind. To me, the creatures are essential
to realize what I want to do in the field of expression; they would grow in proportion as I explore my interests.
The studio, 2008
2013 “Recommended Exhibitions in this autumn”, < GEKKAN BIJUTSU >, no. 457, the October issue.
2013 “Recommended young artists by art galleries”, < ART collectors’ >, no. 54, the September issue.
2012 “Recommended young artists by art galleries”, < ART collectors’ >, no. 42, the September issue.
2012 “The list of young artists”, < BIJUTSU NO MADO >, no. 344, the May issue.
2006 Yumi Yamaguchi, “POWER OF JAPANESE ARTS”, < MACPOWER >,Vol. 17 no. 9, issue 201.
2004 Chieko Hirano, “Gallery Reviews”, < BIJUTSU TECHO >, Vol. 56 no. 849.
2012 “KEEP A BREAST: TOKYO LOVE SHOW”, OMOTESANDO HILLS, Tokyo, Japan
2011 “If We Hold On Together”, Shun Art Gallery, Shanghai, China
2011 “VOCA: The Vision of Contemporary Art 2011″, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2008 “Visual Arts Postgraduate Degree Show 2008″, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
2011 < NOUVELLE GARDE DE L’ART CONTEMPORAIN JAPONAIS >
Written by Sophie Cavaliero, Published by LE LEZARD NOIR
2008 < THE POWER OF JAPANESE CONTEMPORARY ART >
Written by Yumi Yamaguchi, Published by ASCll Inc.
2007 < WARRIORS OF ART >
Written by Yumi Yamaguchi, Published by Kodansha International Ltd.