Shintaro Miyake: Personal History [2000-2018]

Miss Sweet 2001 color pencil and pencil on paper 40.0 × 54.5 cm ©Shintaro Miyake

8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery is pleased to present Shintaro Miyake: Personal History [2000-2018]. Shintaro Miyake has created the liberated and witty worldview with wide variety of forms of expression such as drawing, sculpture, performance and video. His rich and unique works, such as “Cut-outs” of characters like little girls drawn on cardboards or wood and live drawing with wearing costumes that the artist makes himself, keep attracting viewers all over the world, and he has held solo exhibition in many locations in the world including Italy, Austria, Berlin, and Taiwan. This exhibition will focus on the transition of his 19 years artistic practice, mainly featuring drawings and sculptures.

In a concurrent solo exhibition Boundless Nightscape (August 7th to 26th) at GINZA ATRIUM (GINZA TSUTAYA BOOKS), Miyake will construct “a town” with colorful buildings made of cardboards. For this occasion a book that documents Miyake’s artistic practice will be published by Bijutsu Shuppan-sha. The original products with motifs of Miyake’s works produced by GINZA TSUTAYA BOOKS will also be available.

Artist Profile

Shintaro Miyake

Shintaro Miyake makes free use of various means to create his unique artistic world, such as the picture-scroll-like drawings in which characters enact a variety of scenes, and his ‘live drawing’ performances wearing originally-designed character costumes which seem to have jumped straight out from his work. The freely soaring wit of his artistic world has attracted an international audience.

Shintaro Miyake was born in 1970 in Tokyo. In 1996, he completed his B.A. in Tama Art University, Tokyo. Miyake has held many solo exhibitions such as in Italy, Austria, Berlin, and Taiwan. Miyake’s selected solo exhibitions include “But anyway, it’s the turn of the era” (Roppongi Hills, A/D GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan, 2015) , “VIKING AGE” (Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin, Germany, 2013) and “Beaver no Seikatsu” (Sandra and David Bakalar Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, USA, 2006). Selected group shows include “ROKKO MEETS ART 2015” (Rokko International Musical Box Museum, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan 2015) and “To Be with Art is All We Ask” (Astrup Fearnley Musuem, Oslo, Norway, 2012) among others. This September- November, Miyake will have the group show “ROKKO MEETS ART 2016” (Rokko International Musical Box Museum, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan 2016).