ABOUT

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

Collection
2008 Master course Graduation Work was purchased by Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, England

STATEMENT

【 Artist statement 】

The more I get to know things in the world, the more often I feel helpless.
But, when I discover that human beings have that essential
vitality that will never be lost under any circumstances, my heart fills with courage and hope.
The « friction » caused by this contradictory sensation is my motivation to draw.

【 絵について 】

私の内側に生じる強い感情や無数の言葉から成る思いの先に、生まれてくる何か。
話し相手のような、ただそこにいてくれるような、そんな存在。
変わりゆく時代と人の間で、喜び、もがき、哀しみながら、この世界で生きている。
物事を知れば知るほど無力感でいっぱいになる時があり、
一方で、どのような状況にあっても絶たれることのない、人が生きることの強さを知り、心の奥は熱くなる。
矛盾する感覚の摩擦から生まれるエネルギーは、私の絵の源泉となる。

atelier
The studio, 2008

LINKS

MEDIA

Magazines

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.

WEB sites

CATALOGUES

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

PUBLICATIONS

2014 < Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon (Artists of the World) >, BAND 81 Knecht – Kretzner
The entry written by Ulrike Middendorf, Published by DE GRUYTER
http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/43727

2011 < NOUVELLE GARDE DE L’ART CONTEMPORAIN JAPONAIS >
Written by Sophie Cavaliero, Published by LE LEZARD NOIR
http://www.lezardnoir.com/portfolio/nouvelle-garde-de-lart-contemporain-japonais/

2008 < THE POWER OF JAPANESE CONTEMPORARY ART >
Written by Yumi Yamaguchi, Published by ASCll Inc.
http://ascii.asciimw.jp/books/books/detail/978-4-7561-5155-1.shtml

2007 < WARRIORS OF ART >
Written by Yumi Yamaguchi, Published by Kodansha International Ltd.
http://www.amazon.com/Warriors-Art-Contemporary-Japanese-Artists/dp/4770030312

PORTFOLIO