Katsuyo Aoki

  • 予知夢XXⅣ / Predictive Dream XXⅣ, 2011 Porcelain, h.21.0 x w.14.0 x d.22.0cm, ©Katsuyo Aoki, Photo by Mareo Suemasa
  • The Void, 2013 Porcelain, h.50.5 x w.43.5 x d.43.5 cm, ©Katsuyo Aoki
  • Premonition, 2013 Porcelain, h.45.2 x w.50.3 x d.39.5 cm, ©Katsuyo Aoki
  • 予知夢XXⅡ / Predictive Dream XXⅡ, 2011 Porcelain, h.21.0 x w.14.0 x d.22.0cm, ©Katsuyo Aoki, Photo by Mareo Suemasa
  • 予知夢XVⅢ / Predictive Dream XVⅢ, 2011 Porcelain, h.21.0 x w.14.0 x d.22.0cm, ©Katsuyo Aoki, Photo by Mareo Suemasa
  • 予知夢IX / Predictive Dream IX, 2009 Porcelain, ©Katsuyo Aoki, Photo by Mareo Suemasa
  • 予知夢XXXIII / Predictive Dream XXXIII, 2012 Porcelain, h.21.5 x w.17.5 x d.22.5 cm, ©Katsuyo Aoki, Photo by Mareo Suemasa
  • 予知夢XV / Predictive Dream XV, 2010 Porcelain, h.20.0 x w.16.0 x d.20.0cm, ©Katsuyo Aoki, Photo by Mareo Suemasa
  • 予知夢XXXVI / Predictive Dream XXXVI, 2012 Porcelain, h.16.0 x w.14.5 x d.22.5cm, ©Katsuyo Aoki, Photo by Mareo Suemasa
  • 予知夢XXXVI / Predictive Dream XXXVI, 2012 Porcelain, h.16.0 x w.14.5 x d.22.5cm, ©Katsuyo Aoki, Photo by Mareo Suemasa
  • 予知夢XV / Predictive Dream XV, 2010 
Porcelain, 
h.20.0 x w.16.0 x d.20.0cm
, ©Katsuyo Aoki
, Photo by Mareo Suemasa
  • 予知夢XIV / Predictive Dream XIV, 2010 Porcelain, h.21.0 x w.14.0 x d.22.0cm, ©Katsuyo Aoki, Photo by Mareo Suemasa
  • Torolldom, 2010 Porcelain, h.380.0 x w.220.0 x d.250.0cm, ©Katsuyo Aoki, Photo by Mareo Suemasa
  • Labyrinth, 2005 Porcelain, h.263.0 x w.94.0 x d.46.0 cm, ©Katsuyo Aoki, Photo by Mareo Suemasa
  • installation view from [Crystal Chaos] at CUBE, Tokyo, 2012 ©Katsuyo Aoki, photo by Keizo Kioku
  • installation view from [Crystal Chaos ] at CUBE, Tokyo, 2012 ©Katsuyo Aoki, photo by Keizo Kioku

Born in Tokyo, Katsuyo Aoki creates sculptural work using ceramic materials. After completing her graduate degree at Tama Art University, Aoki was drawn to the ornamental, crafted, and narrative characteristics that have been eliminated in the western art movements since modernism. She has repeatedly incorporated them into her artwork using ceramics, the historical material that has close connection to those characters for long. Having various decorative styles as her sources, Aoki elicits complex and intricate yet dissolving like expression from porcelain. Exaggerated external surface implies the inner essence of human beings. Her work questions the audience living today the present state of fundamental human nature, which is closely intertwined with one’s view on life and death. Her sometimes religious artworks, suggesting fantastic narratives, draw diverse imagery to the audience and allure them to an adventure of another spiritual dimension.

Her selected group exhibitions include “CERAMIX Art and ceramics from Rodin to Schutte”(Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, Netherlands, 2015 [Touring La Maison Rouge, Paris/ Musee national de Ceramique, Sevres, France]), “Japanese Kogei: Future Forward” (The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), New York, 2015) and “New Blue and White” Foster Gallery, 158: (Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston 2013). Museum of Art and Design, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; TAKAHASHI COLLECTION and LIXIL have acquired her works.

Solo exhibitions

2010 "Katsuyo Aoki Solo Exhibition" Ginza Mitsukoshi 8F Gallery, Tokyo
2009 
"maniera" Radi-um von Roentgenwerke AG, Tokyo
2006 "Interludes" Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York
2005 "Secret Rites of White, Spells of Porcelain" INAX, Tokyo
"INAX New Sense Series, Katsuyo Aoki Solo Exhibition 'Secret Rites of Earth, Spells of Porcelain'" INAX TILE MUSEUM, Aichi, Japan
2003 SAISON ART PROGRAM Grant The 4 th commemorative Solo Exhibition, Katsuyo Aoki Solo Exhibition, SAISON ART PROGRAM GALLERY, Tokyo
2002 "Exampla" Ai Gallery, Tokyo
"Interludes: Awarded at Art Documents Support Program by SHISEIDO
" MAKII MASARU FINE ARTS・S, Tokyo
2001 "Katsuyo Aoki" Gallery LE DECO, Tokyo
2000 "Memory of Dreams Woven with Clay" INAX GALERIA CERAMICA Shinjyuku, Tokyo

"Memory of Dreams Woven with Porcelain" INAX GALERIA CERAMICA Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
1999 G-ART GALLERY, Tokyo
1998 Galleria Grafica Bis, Tokyo

Group exhibitions

2015 "Convergence and Transcendence" Gyeonggi International Ceramics Biennale, Icheon World Ceramics Center, South Korea
"CERAMIX Art and ceramics from Rodin to Schutte" Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, Netherlands [Touring La Maison Rouge, Paris/ Musee national de Ceramique, Sevres, France]
"Japanese Kogei: Future Forward" The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), New York
2014 
"Possession" Sheppard Contemporary, Church Fine Arts Complex, University of Nevada, Reno, NV, USA

"17th DOMANI: The Art of Tomorrow" National Art Center, Tokyo
2013 "New Blue and White" Foster Gallery, 158: Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston

"In Dialogue with the Baroque" Neues Schloss Schleißheim, Munich
2012 "Art Crafting Towards The Future" 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan

"Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Ceramics: The Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio Collection" Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA

"Crystal Chaos" 8/CUBE1,2,3, Tokyo
2011 "Subjective Objects" Yamamoto Gendai, Tokyo

"Tedare ~ Kohjutsu vol.2" Spilal Garden, Tokyo

"Tanagokoro10" Radi-um Roentgenwerke AG, Tokyo
2010 "Tekazu-kei, Aesthetic movement in Japanese Contemporary Art" AKI Gallery, Taipei

"Neo -Ornamentalism from Japanese Contemporary Art" Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo
"KOH-JUTSU" Spiral Gallery, Tokyo
2009 "Power of Decoration, A Viewpoint of Contemporary Kougei (Studio Craft)" Craft Gallery, The National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo, Tokyo

"Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2009 Main Exhibition Dissolving Views" Pavilion 1, Cheongju, South Korea

"Tanagokoro 9" Radi-um von Roetgenwerke AG, Tokyo
2007 "Queen of Treasure House" Rontogenwerke, Tokyo

"Cup Coming Together" Clay Art Center Choy Gallery, New York
2006 "Asian Ceramic Delta Japan, Korea and Taiwan" Icheon World Ceramic Center, Icheon, South Korea/ The Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan
"RX3" Rontogenwerke, Tokyo
"GAIZING & CURIOSITY" Mizuma Action, Tokyo

"A(art) Lunch" AXIS Gallery Annex, Tokyo

"VOCA 2006" UENO Royal Museum, Tokyo
2005 "INAX New Sense Series, Works by 50 Artists" Centrair International Airport, Aichi, Japan

"INAX GARERIA CERAMICA Exhibition of 110 Works" INAX TILE MUSEUM, Aichi, Japan
2003 "The 6th Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Memorial Award for Contemporary Art" Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan
2001 "Summer at GARERIA CERAMICA, Vessels, Small Objects and Tools" INAX GALLERIA CERAMICA SAPPORO, Hokkaido, Japan

"Exhibition of Works by Eleven Artists of INAX GALLERIA CERAMICA" INAX TILE MUSEUM, Aichi, Japan

1999 "Kaminoge Exhibition" Kaminoge building, Tama Art University, Tokyo

Public collections

LIXIL

Museum of Art and Design, New York
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
TAKAHASHI COLLECTION

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Awards

2010 Received DE LA MER Female Artist Award
2002 Selected in Art Documents Support Program by Shiseido