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
  • 工藤麻紀子 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
  • 工藤麻紀子 MAKIKO KUDO 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

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, Japan
2015 Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK
2013 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2012 Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK
2011 Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, CA
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, Los Angeles, CA
2005 Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2003 Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Group Exhibitions

2019 “Can You Dream It? (Yes I Can.)” Kristen Lorello, New York, NY
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, CA
“ICONOCLASTS: ART OUT OF THE MAINSTREAM” Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
“Group exhibition” Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2015 “TIGER TIGER” Salon94 Bowery, New York, NY
“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 Bijyutushi” Aomori Museum of Art [traveled to Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, 2014/ Shimane Arts Center, 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, NY
“Pathos and Small Narratives” Gana Art Center, Seoul, Korea
2010 “Paintings by Four Artists” Tomio Koyama Gallery 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 [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 SIDE2, Tokyo, Japan
“neoteny japan: Contemporary Artists after 1990s from Takahashi Collection” KIRISHIMA OPEN-AIR MUSEUM, Kagoshima, Japan [traveled to Sapporo Art Park, Hokkaido, 2008-09/ The Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Nagaoka, 2009/ Akita Museum of Modern Art, 2009/ Yonago City Museum of Art, Tottori, 2009-2010/ The Museum of Art Ehime, Matsuyama, 2010]
2007 “Pretty Baby” Modern Art Museum, Modern Art museum, Fort Worth, TX
2006 “Heroines” The Arnold and Marie Schwartz Gallery Met at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, NY
“Art and Object” Aomori Museum of Art, Japan
2005 “VOCA” The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan
“POST MODERN” GREENE NAFTALI, New York, NY
“Japan Pop” Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
2004 Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, CA
“Tokyo Girls Bravo 3” Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
“Time of My Life: Art with Youthful Sprit” Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“MATRIX213: Some forgotten place” Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
2003 “Opening Exhibition” Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“do hope for the future” Laforet Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2002 “Fragile Figures” Palette Club, Tokyo, Japan
“Tokyo Girls Bravo 2” NADiff, Tokyo, Japan

Public Collections

Flowerman Collection
Hood Museum of Art, Hanover
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