Makiko Kudo

  • Installation view from "Color of the Shadows" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2022 ©Makiko Kudo photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "Color of the Shadows" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2022 ©Makiko Kudo photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "Color of the Shadows" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2022 ©Makiko Kudo photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "Color of the Shadows" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2022 ©Makiko Kudo photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from “Reborn as Air” at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2020 ©Makiko Kudo photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from “Reborn as Air” at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2020 ©Makiko Kudo photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from “Reborn as Air” at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2020 ©Makiko Kudo photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from “Reborn as Air” at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2020 ©Makiko Kudo photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • 空気に生まれかわる Reborn as air 2020 ©Makiko Kudo
  • 会話 Conversation 2020 oil on canvas 91.0 x 91.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • 工藤麻紀子 Makiko Kudo untitled 2020 oil on wallpaper 35.9 x 23.8 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • untitled 2020 acrylic, pen on paper 54.8 x 79.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • untitled 2020 pen on paper 27.1 x 19.9 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • 西日 Setting Sun 2019 oil on canvas 117.5 × 91 cm ©︎Makiko Kudo
  • 紙くず位の重さ Weight as heavy as wastepaper 2018 oil on canvas 73.0 × 91.0 cm ©︎Makiko Kudo
  • 足元すくわれろ Trip over yourself 2017 oil on canvas 80.5 × 100.0 cm ©︎Makiko Kudo
  • 彼女は川の底で魚にあこがれている She longs for fish at the bottom of the river 2017 oil on canvas 194.0 × 259.0 cm ©︎Makiko Kudo
  • 空家 Vacant house 2017 oil on canvas 91.0 × 91.0 cm ©︎Makiko Kudo
  • 分身 My other self 2016 oil on canvas 194.0 x 259.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • 花がらのふとん Floral patterned futon 2015 oil on canvas 162.0 × 130.5 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • Installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2016 ©Makiko Kudo photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2016 ©Makiko Kudo photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2016 ©Makiko Kudo photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2016 ©Makiko Kudo photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2016 ©Makiko Kudo photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2016 ©Makiko Kudo photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Been here all the time? 2013 oil on canvas 80.5 x 99.5 cm © Makiko Kudo
  • 月面着陸 Moon landing 2013 oil on canvas 130.0 × 162.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • どこまでもついてくる Following everywhere 2013 oil on canvas 130.0 × 162.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • 目撃証言 Eyewitness testimony 2012 oil on canvas 130.0 × 162.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • おおどろぼうのよる Night of the master thief 2012 oil on canvas 130.5 × 162.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • いろめきたつ Waking Up 2012 oil on canvas 130.5 × 162.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • 誰もいないと思った I thought there was nobody 2012 oil on canvas 181.5 × 227.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • はるにうまれる Born in the Spring 2012 oil on canvas 130.5 × 162.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • たべられない赤い実 Red Fruits You Cannot Eat 2012 oil on canvas 130.5 × 162.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • あかくもえる Burning Red 2012 oil on canvas 181.5 × 227.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • 浮き島 Floating Island 2012 oil on canvas 227.0 × 364.6 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • ペング員 Penguins 2012 oil on canvas 65.5 × 80.5 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • Installation view at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2013 ©Makiko Kudo photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2013 ©Makiko Kudo photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2013 ©Makiko Kudo photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • さんかく Triangle 2011 oil on canvas 33.5 × 24.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • 春がくるのは止められない 2011 oil on canvas 194.0 × 259.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • うみのもの 2011 oil on canvas 130.0 × 162.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • いぬとねこ 2011 oil on canvas 130.0 × 162.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • あきち 2011 oil on canvas 91.0 × 116.5 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • 夕方がいちばんすき I like the evening most 2011 oil on canvas 53.0 × 65.5 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • さんびき Three 2011 oil on canvas 33.5 × 24.5 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • めぶく Bud 2011 oil on canvas 32.0 × 41.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • 夕飯のおかず Dish for dinner 2011 oil on canvas 65.5 × 80.5 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • いるか Dolphin 2011 oil on canvas 91.0 × 91.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • じゅうたん Carpet 2011 oil on canvas 65.5 × 80.5 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • 見えないもの invisible 2011 oil on canvas 182.0 × 227.5 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • 灰色のまち Gray town 2011 oil on canvas 227.5 × 365.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • Installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2011 ©Makiko Kudo
  • Installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2011 ©Makiko Kudo
  • Installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2011 ©Makiko Kudo
  • ごめん Sorry 2009 oil on canvas 80.5 × 99.5 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • 基地の近くに住んでいる Living Near the Base 2009 oil on canvas 89.0 × 140.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • スイミャク Water Vein 2009 oil on canvas 260.0 × 194.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • きりかぶごめん Sorry, Stump 2007 oil on canvas 194.0 × 259.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • 動物の骨でできている Made of Animal Bones 2007 oil on canvas 182.0 × 227.5 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • 世界がかきわりに見えるから Since I can see the world as backdrop 2007 oil on canvas 194.0 × 259.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • 角 Horn 2017 oil on canvas 91.0 × 73.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • 植物の種から生まれた born from seeds 2007 oil on canvas 145.5 × 112.5 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • くるまはゆめをみている The car is dreaming 2006 oil on canvas 130.5 × 194 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • こうもり bat 2006 oil on canvas 91.0 × 91.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • Installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2007 ©Makiko Kudo
  • Installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2007 ©Makiko Kudo
  • Installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2007 ©Makiko Kudo
  • へやもよう Air of a Room 2005 oil on canvas 194.5 × 259.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • 夏子と冬子 Natsuko and Fuyuko 2005 oil on canvas 131 × 162 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • カフェイン中毒 Caffein Addiction 2004 oil on canvas 130.5 × 161.5 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • Yue-yang (I don't know) 2004 oil on canvas 182.0 × 227.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • うみずうみ Sea-lake 2004 oil on canvas 181.8 × 227.3 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • 毒入り Poisned 2004 oil on canvas 130.0 × 162.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • Installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2005 ©Makiko Kudo
  • Installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2005 ©Makiko Kudo
  • Installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2005 ©Makiko Kudo
  • 海の中の山 the mountain in the sea 2003 oil on canvas 130.5 × 194.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • アスファルト asphalt 2001 oil on canvas 91.0 × 116.5 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • あつい朝 Hot Summer morning 2001 oil on canvas 130.5 × 162.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • まいご Getting Lost 2001 oil on canvas 182 × 238 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • 黄色いスープの日 The day of Yellow Soup 2001 oil on canvas 130.5 × 162 cm ©Makiko Kudo
  • チャシャ猫 Chasha Cat 2001 oil on canvas 80.5 × 81.0 cm ©Makiko Kudo

Makiko Kudo was born in 1978 in Aomori, Japan. In 2002, she graduated with a BFA in Oil Painting from Joshibi University of Art and Design. She currently lives and works in Kanagawa, Japan.
In 2002, she participated in a group exhibition curated by Tomio Koyama “Fragile Figures” (Palette Club, Tokyo) as well as a group exhibition curated by Takashi Murakami “Tokyo Girls Bravo 2” (NADiff, Tokyo). After 2004, she has presented her work in numerous exhibitions internationally and domestically.

In Makiko Kudo’s paintings, a mental image-landscape unfolds within which both things she encounters in daily life and the dream-like world of her imagination that have formed a single-harmonized entity. Her audacious compositions are over-brimmed with a sense of chaotic liveliness, dynamic yet detailed brushstrokes, balanced vibrant colors, and the multiple settings and perspectives which develop simultaneously within them.

Her major solo exhibitions were held at Tomio Koyama Gallery in 2016, Wilkinson Gallery, London in 2015 and 2012, Marc Foxx Gallery, LA in 2011 and Andersen’s Contemporary, Copenhagen in 2010. Her major group exhibitions include “The Way of Painting” (Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, 2014), “The New International 2014” (Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2014), “Towada Art Center 5th Anniversary Exhibition: flowers” (Towada Art Center, Aomori, 2013), “Body Language” (Saatchi Gallery, London, 2013), “Pathos and Small Narratives” (Gana Art Center, Seoul, 2011), “Pretty Baby” (Modern Art Museum, Modern Art museum, Fort Worth, TX, 2007), “MATRIX213: Some forgotten place” (Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA).

Kudo’s paintings have been acquired by the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Olbricht Collection (Germany), Saatchi Collection (London), Flowerman Collection, the Japan Foundation and the RyutaroTakahashi Collection (Tokyo). Her monograph “Turning” was published in 2012 from Tomio Koyama Gallery.

Solo Exhibitions

2022 “Color of the Shadows” Tomio Koyama Gallery Tennoz, Tokyo, Japan
Like When We See a Flower Bloom and Realise It Was There All Along” Hiratsuka Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan
2020 Reborn as Air” Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
PHILLIPS TOKYO, Japan
2016 Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2015 Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK
2013 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2012 Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK
2011 Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2010 Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark
2007 Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“TOMODACHI” Takahashi Collection, Tokyo, Japan
2006 Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2005 Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2003 Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Group Exhibitions

2022 “Unnatural Nature: Post-Pop Landscapes” Acquavella Galleries, Palm Beach, USA / New York, USA
2021 “萬華鏡 KALEIDOSCOPE” YIRI ARTS, Taipei, Taiwan
FLOWERS & BIRDS” Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
"CADAN x ISETAN ART GALLERY Figuration” Isetan Shinjuku Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2019 “Can You Dream It? (Yes I Can.)” Kristen Lorello, New York, USA
2018 “Hypnagogia” Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, UK
2017 “The Riddle of Art: Takahashi Collection Resonance or Repellence?” Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan
“MAKIKO KUDO & HIROSHI SUGITO” Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
“ICONOCLASTS: ART OUT OF THE MAINSTREAM” Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
“Group Exhibition” Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2015 “TIGER TIGER” Salon 94 Bowery, New York, USA
“Yuka Kashihara, Hideaki Kawashima, Makiko Kudo, Toru Kuwakubo, Masahiko Kuwahara, Atsushi Fukui” 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2014 “Group exhibition by Tomio Koyama Gallery” TOLOT/heuristic SHINONOME, Tokyo, Japan
“The Way of Painting” Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“Bishojo no Bijyutsushi'” Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori, Japan [traveled to Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan, 2014; Shimane Arts Center, Shimane, Japan, 2014-15]
“The New International 2014” Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
“Queensize -Female Artists from the Olbricht Collection” ME COLLECTORS ROOM BERLIN, Berlin, Germany
2013 “Towada Art Center 5th Anniversary Exhibition: flowers” Towada Art Center, around Central Shopping etc, Aomori, Japan
“Body Language” Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
2012 “September” MISAKO & ROSEN, Tokyo, Japan
2011 “The Most Requested Top 30/ 10 Years of Takahashi Collection“ TABLOID GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan
“Reflections in collaboration with Tomio Koyama Gallery” ford PROJECT, New York, USA
“Pathos and Small Narratives” Gana Art Center, Seoul, Korea
2010 “Paintings by Four Artists” Tomio Koyama Gallery Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
2009 “Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art” Curated by Midori Matsui, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan [traveled to Japanisches Kulturinstitut, Cologne, Germany, 2009; The Japan Foundation, Tronto, Canada, 2010; Galeri'a Arnold Belkin, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, Mexico, 2011]
2008 “Four of a Kind” GALLERY SIDE 2, Tokyo, Japan
“neoteny japan: Contemporary Artists after 1990s from Takahashi Collection” KIRISHIMA OPEN-AIR MUSEUM, Kagoshima, Japan [traveled to Sapporo Art Museum, Hokkaido, Japan, 2008-09; The Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Niigata, Japan, 2009; Akita Museum of Modern Art, Akita, Japan 2009; Yonago City Museum of Art, Tottori, Japan, 2009-2010; The Museum of Art EHIME, Ehime, Japan, 2010]
2007 “Pretty Baby” Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, USA
2006 “Heroines” The Arnold and Marie Schwartz Gallery Met at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, USA
“Art and Object” Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori, Japan
2005 “VOCA” The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan
“POST MODERN” GREENE NAFTALI, New York, USA
“Japan Pop” Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
2004 Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
“Tokyo Girls Bravo 3” Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, USA
“Time of My Life: Art with Youthful Sprit” Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“Some Forgotten Place / MATRIX 213” UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, USA
2003 “Opening Exhibition” Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“Hope: Do Hope For The Future” Laforet Museum Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan
2002 “Fragile Figures” Palette Club, Tokyo, Japan
“Tokyo Girls Bravo 2” NADiff, Tokyo, Japan

Public Collections

Flowerman Collection, Hiroshima, Japan
Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, USA
Japan Foundation, Tokyo, Japan
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, USA
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
OKETA COLLECTION, Tokyo, Japan
Ryutaro Takahashi Collection, Tokyo, Japan
Saatchi Collection, London, UK
Taguchi Art Collection, Tokyo, Japan
UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, USA
Ulster Museum, National Museums Northern Ireland, Belfast, UK

Books

【Books】
・ Turning, Tokyo: Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2012.
Aya Takano, “Her Pictures and Words Are Not Sullied by Anything,” p. 66 Noriko Miyamura interview with Makiko Kudo, “I always paint the things I see in my head in my pictures.,” pp. 70–72.
Barry Schwabsky, “The Sum Total of Happiness,” pp. 139–41.
Midori Matsui, “The Dissolution of Color Field and Reconstruction of the World: Makiko Kudo’s Evolving Picture Plane,” pp. 144–46.

【Solo Exhibition Catalogues】
・ Like When We See a Flower and Realise It Was There All Along, The Hiratsuka Museum of Art, 2022.

【Group Exhibition Catalogues】
・artbook THE D.A.P. CATALOGUE Spring 2021, New York: Art Publishers, Inc., 2021.
・100X HANDPICKED, London: Saatchi Gallery and Christie’s, June 2018, p. 38, 39–41.
・“Art Basel Hong Kong,” Art Collectors in Asia, Asia edition vol. 11, Tokyo: Seikatsu no Tomo Co., 2018.
・ICONOCLASTS: Art Out of the Mainstream, London: Saatchi Gallery, 2017, pp. 32–43.
・Pretty Baby, Fort Worth: The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 2017.
・QUEEN SIZE. Female Artists from the Olbricht Collection, Berlin: me Collectors Room Berlin, 2015, pp. 40–41.
・Body Language: Exhibition Guide, leaflet, London: Saatchi Gallery, November 2013.
・The New International, leaflet, Moscow: Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, August 2014.
・The Way of Painting, Tokyo: Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, 2014, pp. 64–67, 167.
・ Body Language, London: Saatchi Gallery, 2013, p. 48, 49–57.
・ Kenjiro Hosaka, “Pathos and Weakness of Japanese Painting after 1984,” in Pathos and Small Narratives: Japanese Contemporary Art, Seoul: Gana Art Center, 2011, pp. 20–25 (illustrations), 79–86.
・ Makiko Kudo, press release, Copenhagen: Andersen’s Contemporary, 2010.
・ Margrit Brehm, “Japan Calling,” in Japan Pop, Helsinki: Helsinki City Art Museum, Tennis Palace, September 2009, p. 6 (illustration), 29–35.
・ Matrix/Berkeley: A Changing Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Berkeley: The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, December 2009, p. 461.
・ Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art, Tokyo: Bijutsu Shuppan-sha, 2009, pp. 5–27, 62–65.
・ Daiwa Radiator Factory Viewing Room vol. 03, Hiroshima: Daiwa Radiator Factory, 2007, pp. 6, 9, 13.
・ The Metropolitan Opera 2006–07 Season, leaflet, New York: The Metropolitan Opera, 2006, p. 6.
・ “Makiko Kudo, Frieze Art Fair Yearbook 2006–7,” Frieze Art Fair, October 12–15, 2006.
・ Motoaki Hori, “The Eternally Young – Artists’ Youth, or Art of the Young,” in Time of My Life: Art with Youthful Spirit, booklet, Tokyo: Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, 2004, pp. 8–10.
・ VOCA 2005, Tokyo: The Ueno Royal Museum, 2005, pp. 32–33, 112.
・ Brian Calvin, Sophie von Hellermann, Makiko Kudo, Philippe Perrot, Mamoru Sagawa, publicity mailing, Los Angeles: Marc Foxx Gallery, 2004.
・ MATRIX 213: Some Forgotten Place, booklet, Berkeley: UC Berkeley Art Museum, 2004, pp. 6, 3–17, 18.

【Miscellaneous Published Writings】
・ Makiko Kudo, “From Empire of Nagai to Nagai-land (Tentative),” in Tomoko Nagai, Thousands of Finches, Tomoko Nagai / Floating Mountain, 2017, p. 67.