Makiko Kudo

  • Installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2016 © Makiko Kudo Photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2016 © Makiko Kudo Photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2016 © Makiko Kudo Photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2016 © Makiko Kudo Photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2016 © Makiko Kudo Photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2016 © Makiko Kudo Photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • 工藤麻紀子 Makiko Kudo 花がらのふとん Floral patterned futon 2015 oil on canvas 162.0 x 130.5 cm © Makiko Kudo
  • 工藤麻紀子 Makiko Kudo 分身 My other self 2016 oil on canvas 194.0 x 259.0 cm © Makiko Kudo
  • 工藤麻紀子 MAKIKO KUDO Been here all the time? 2013 oil on canvas 80.5 x 99.5 cm © Makiko Kudo
  • どこまでもついてくる / Following everywhere, 2013 oil on canvas, 130.0 x 162.0 cm, ©Makiko Kudo
  • 月面着陸 / Moon landing, 2013 oil on canvas, 130.0 x 162.0 cm, ©Makiko Kudo
  • 浮き島 / Floating Island, 2012 oil on canvas, 227.0 x 364.6cm, ©Makiko Kudo
  • あかくもえる / Burning Red, 2012 oil on canvas, 181.5 x 227.0 cm, ©Makiko Kudo
  • たべられない赤い実 / Red Fruits You Cannot Eat, 2012 oil on canvas, 130.5 x 162.0 cm, ©Makiko Kudo
  • はるにうまれる / Born in the Spring, 2012 oil on canvas, 130.5 x 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 x 227.0 cm, ©Makiko Kudo
  • いろめきたつ / Waking Up, 2012 oil on canvas, 130.5 x 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 x 162.0 cm, ©Makiko Kudo
  • 目撃証言 / Eyewitness testimony, 2012 oil on canvas, 130.0 x 162.0 cm, ©Makiko Kudo
  • installation view at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2013 ©Makiko Kudo, Photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • installation view at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2013 ©Makiko Kudo, Photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • installation view at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2013 ©Makiko Kudo, Photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • さんかく / Triangle, 2011 oil on canvas, 33.5 x 24.0cm, ©Makiko Kudo
  • 春がくるのは止められない, 2011 oil on canvas, 194.0 x 259.0 cm, ©Makiko Kudo
  • うみのもの, 2011 oil on canvas, 130.0 x 162.0 cm, ©Makiko Kudo
  • いぬとねこ, 2011 oil on canvas, 130.0 x 162.0 cm, ©Makiko Kudo
  • あきち, 2011 oil on canvas, 91.0 x 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 x 65.5cm, ©Makiko Kudo
  • さんびき / Three, 2011 oil on canvas, 33.5 x 24.5cm, ©Makiko Kudo
  • めぶく/ Bud, 2011 oil on canvas, 32.0 x 41.0cm, ©Makiko Kudo
  • 夕飯のおかず/ Dish for dinner, 2011 oil on canvas, 65.5 x 80.5cm, ©Makiko Kudo
  • いるか/ Dolphin, 2011 oil on canvas, 91.0 x 91.0, ©Makiko Kudo
  • じゅうたん / Carpet, 2011 oil on canvas, 65.5 x 80.5cm, ©Makiko Kudo
  • 見えないもの /invisible, 2011 oil on canvas, 182.0 x 227.5cm, ©Makiko Kudo
  • 灰色のまち / Gray town, 2011 oil on canvas, 227.5 x 365.0cm, ©Makiko Kudo
  • ごめん Sorry, 2009 oil on canvas, 80.5 x 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 x 140.0 cm, ©Makiko Kudo
  • スイミャク Water Vein, 2009 oil on canvas, 260.0 x 194.0 cm, ©Makiko Kudo
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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. What she paints is the synthesis of things she herself has unconsciously witnessed in reality, the world she has personally experienced, and the beings around her that she shares her intimate feelings with. Kudo’s detailed bold brushstroke creates the superb orchestra of colors and forms, and her motifs released from memories and personal experiences give an impression that weighs on the hearts of the viewers, precisely as if we ourselves are experiencing a great undulation of sensitivity with our half-forgotten childhood memories.

Makiko Kudo was born in 1978 in Aomori Prefecture. In 2002 she graduated from the Oil Painting department of Joshibi University of Art and Design. Kudo’s paintings have been acquired by the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Olbricht Collection, the Japan Foundation, the Takahashi Collection and Saatchi Collection. Her latest solo exhibition was held at Tomio Koyama Gallery (2016) and at Wilkinson Gallery London, UK (2015) and the latest group exhibitions include “TIGER TIGER” at Salon94 Bowery, NY, USA (2015) and the 2014 Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery show “The Way of Painting”and “Body Language” at the Saatchi Gallery, London in 2013.

Solo exhibitions

2016 Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
2015 Wilkinson Gallery, London
2013 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
2012 Wilkinson Gallery, London
2011 Marc Foxx, Los Angeles
Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
2010 Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen
2007 Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
"TOMODACHI" Takahashi Collection, Tokyo
2006 Marc Foxx, Los Angeles
2005 Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
2003 Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo

Group exhibitions

2017 "Group exhibition" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
2015 "TIGER TIGER" Salon94 Bowery, New York
"Yuka Kashihara, Hideaki Kawashima, Makiko Kudo, Toru Kuwakubo, Masahiko Kuwahara, Atsushi Fukui" 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
2014 "Group exhibition by Tomio Koyama Gallery" TOLOT/heuristic SHINONOME, Tokyo
"The Way of Painting" Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo
"Bishojo no Bijyutushi" AomoriMuseum of Art, Aomori, Japan [touring 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
"Queensize -Female Artists from the Olbricht Collection" ME COLLECTORS ROOM BERLIN, Berlin
2013 "Towada Art Center 5th Anniversary Exhibition: flowers" Towada Art Center, around Central Shopping etc, Aomori, Japan
"Body Language" Saatchi Gallery, London
2012 "September" MISAKO & ROSEN, Tokyo
2011 The Most Requested Top 30/ 10 Years of Takahashi Collection, TABLOID GALLERY, Tokyo
"Reflections in collaboration with Tomio Koyama Gallery" ford PROJECT, New York
"Pathos and Small Narratives" Gana Art Center, Seoul
2010 "Paintings by Four Artists" Tomio Koyama Gallery Kyoto
2009 "Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art" curated by Midori Matsui, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo [touring Japanisches Kulturinstitut, Cologne, 2009/ The Japan Foundation, Tronto, 2010/ Galeri'a Arnold Belkin, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, 2011]
2008 "Four of a Kind" GALLERY SIDE2, Tokyo
"neoteny japan: Contemporary Artists after 1990s from Takahashi Collection" KIRISHIMA OPEN-AIR MUSEUM, Kagoshima, Japan [touring Japan: Sapporo Art Park, Hokkaido, 2008-09/ The Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, 2009/ Akita Museum of Modern Art, Akita, 2009/ Yonago City Museum of Art, Tottori, 2009-2010/ The Museum of Art EHIME, Ehime, 2010]
2007 "Pretty Baby" Modern Art Museum, Modern Art museum, Fort Worth, TX, USA
2006 "Heroines" The Arnold and Marie Schwartz Gallery Met at the Metropolitan Opera, New York
"Art and Object" Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori, Japan
2005 "VOCA" The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
"POST MODERN" GREENE NAFTALI, New York
"Japan Pop" Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki
2004 Marc Foxx, Los Angeles
"Tokyo Girls Bravo 3" Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
"Time of My Life: Art with Youthful Sprit" Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo
"MATRIX213: Some forgotten place" Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA, USA
2003 "Opening Exhibition" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
"do hope for the future" Laforet Museum, Tokyo
2002 "Fragile Figures" Palette Club, Tokyo
"Tokyo Girls Bravo 2" NADiff, Tokyo

Public collections

Flowerman Collection
Japan Foundation
Modern Art museum, Fort Worth
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angels
Olbricht Collection
Saatchi Collection, London
Takahashi Collection
UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Ulster Museum, National Museums Northern Ireland

Books

"Drop Dead Cute: 30 Postcard from the New Generation of Women Artists in Japan"
(Posrcard Book) / Chronicle Books; Postcards 2006

"Drop Dead Cute: The New Generation of Women Artists in Japan"
Ivan Vartanian / Chronicle Books 2005