Akira YOSHIDA

Statement

Akira YOSHIDA (born 1976, Kanagawa, Japan) graduated from Tama Art University with a Bachelor in Fine Art in 2002. He is renowned to make sculptures with fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) painted over by airbrush.His painting skill by using airbrush is so exquisite and precise that it looks as if the patterns have been printed on the sculpture. His works are visually "kawaii"- pretty and cute ,and follow pop aesthetics standards. However, the themes of his works ironically resolve around problems of contemporary society. This significant contradiction of the appearance and concept gives YOSHIDA's works unique and charming quality. He was commissioned by MTR, the biggest railway company in Hong Kong to create public art works for the City One Station (第一城), and by Nishi Ginza Chance Center, the most popular lottery stand in Japan to create a public art work in a form of Japanese traditional welcoming cat ‘MANEKINEKO’. ⇒ Yoshida's blog

Works

BIOGRAPHY

 

Biography

1976
Born in Kanagawa, Japan

Education

2002
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan

 

EXHIBITIONS & ART FAIRS

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021
“AKIRA YOSHIDA SOLO EXHIBITION”, YUKARI ART MINI, Tokyo, Japan
2020
“AKIRA YOSHIDA SOLO EXHIBITION”, YUKARI ART MINI, Tokyo, Japan
2018
“AKIRA YOSHIDA SOLO EXHIBITION”, YUKARI ART MINI, Tokyo, Japan
“play with soft toys”, HIROUMI, Tokyo, Japan
2016
“Akira Yoshida solo exhibition”, Hideharu Fukasaku Gallery Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan
2011
“Akira Yoshida solo exhibition”, YUKARI ART, Tokyo, Japan
2008
“Merry Christmas in Buddhist Altar Room”, YUKARI ART CONTEMPORARY, Tokyo, Japan
2007
“Inu Hariko”, Gallery ES, Tokyo, Japan
2006
“A serial sculpture”, Gallery ES, Tokyo, Japan
2005
“Akira Yoshida solo exhibition”, Makii masaru fine arts, Tokyo, Japan
“A serial sculpture”, Gallery ES, Tokyo, Japan
“Personal MIKOSHI”, Brick-one, Tokyo, Japan
2004
“King hamster’s counterattack”, Makii masaru fine arts, Tokyo, Japan
“JFL”, Gallery ES, Tokyo, Japan
2002
“carbon×sushioke”, Makii masaru fine arts, Tokyo, Japan

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2024
"Shibuya Neko Hariko and its friends", Shibuya HIKARIE 8/CUBE, Tokyo, Japan
2022
“Summer Show” , MIZUMA ART Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2021
“KEICHITSU WO MACHIWABITE” , Takashimaya, Tokyo, Japan
“RAN SHO HOU SHU” , Gallery MUMON, Tokyo, Japan
“Perpetual Gaze” , MIZUMA ART Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2020
“Kudo+ArtOrque” , Brick-one, Tokyo, Japan
“RAN SHO HOU SHU” , Gallery MUMON, Tokyo, Japan
“Two ways towards...” , ROPPONGI HILLS A/D Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2019-17
“042 art area project Super Open Studio” ,Sagamihara,Japan
2018
“Between cafe and sculpture” ,Yamagata Biennale 2018,Yamagata, Japan
2017
“treasure hunting” , Takashimaya, Tokyo, Japan
“DANDANS Archive Exhibition” , Aso’s private residence, Tokyo, Japan
2014
“Sweet Paradox” , Mizuma Gallery Singapore
2013
“042 art area project 2013 Super Open Studio” ,Sagamihara,Japan
2011
“RE: 2011”, Galeria Punto, Tokyo, Japan
“ZIPANGU”, Takashimaya, Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, Japan
2010
“RE: 2010”, Galeria Punto, Tokyo, Japan
“Explorer −celebratory exhibition for the retirement of Atsuo ISHII−”, Tama Art University Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2009
“ANIMAMIX BIENNIAL 2009-2010”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, Shanghai, China
“outdoors art exhibition: art by a river”, around Motomachi Gogan, Hiroshima, Japan
2008
“RE: 2008”, Galeria Punto, Tokyo, Japan
“NETWORK PROJECT JAPAN”, inter alia Art Contemporary, Korea
“The House -How to live with modern art-”, Nippon Homes Model Houses in Nishi-Azabu, Tokyo, Japan
“Imaginary animal kingdom”, YUKARI ART CONTEMPORARY, Tokyo, Japan
“Hiroshima-O”, ex bank of Japan, Hiroshima branch, Hiroshima, Japan
2007
“RE: 2007”, Galeria Punto, Tokyo, Japan
“LE MONDE COCO”, CHANEL NEXUS HALL, Tokyo, Japan
“ZERO-K”, SPACE ZERO, Tokyo, Japan
2006
“A lunch”, AXIS Gallery ANNEX, Tokyo, Japan
“Yamaguchi prefecture citizen’s cultural festival 2006”, Yamaguchi, Japan
“Hiroshima-O”, ex bank of Japan, Hiroshima branch, Hiroshima, Japan
“RE: ”, Galeria Punto, Tokyo, Japan
2005
“EMA daikanyama opening”, EMA daikanyama, Tokyo, Japan
“Rinjin no kei”, EMA daikanyama, Tokyo, Japan
“Animal Illusional World”, Sagamihara Citizen’s Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2004
“gun gun organon”, Gallery Barco, Tokyo, Japan
2003
“FRONT BRIDGE”, Maebashi cultural laboratory, Gunma, Japan
“SAGAMIHARART OPEN STUDIO”, Sagamihara Citizen’s Gallery, Kanagawa, Japan
“FRONT BRIDGE”, Maebashi cultural laboratory, Gunma, Japan
2002
“Thrift pop”, Laforet Museum, Tokyo, Japan
“Six persons show”, Robinson department store, Kanagawa, Japan

Selected Art Fairs

2024
Art Fair Tokyo 2024, Tokyo, Japan
2022
LA Art Show 2022, Miami, Los Angeles, USA
Art Fair Tokyo 2022, Tokyo, Japan
ART OSAKA 2022, Osaka, Japan
Art Miami 2022, Miami, USA
2013
SNIFF OUT 2013, Osaka, Japan
2012
ART KYOTO, Kyoto, Japan
2010
KIAF, Korea International Art Fair 2010, Seoul, Korea
ASIA TOP GALLERY HOTEL ART FAIR HONG KONG, Hong Kong
2009
Tokyo Contemporary Art Fair 2009, Tokyo, Japan
EMERGING DIRECTORS‘ ART FAIR ULTRA 002, Tokyo, Japan
ART TAIPEI 2009, Taipei, Taiwan
2007
Tokyo Contemporary Art Fair 2007, Tokyo, Japan
2004
KIAF, Korea International Art Fair 2004, Seoul, Korea

 

AWARDS

Selected Awards

2000
Grand prix on "Kitano Takeshi’s TV show “Daredemo PICASO”, competition by 5 art universities in Japan, Tokyo television

 

Commission Works

Selected Commission Works

2004
designed custom made jackets for mobile phone "panasonic FOMA p900i"

 

COLLECTION

Public Collection

Hong Kong MTR(Mass Transit Railway), City One Station
Nishi Ginza Chance Center, the most popular lottery stand in Japan

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