Masatake Kozaki, ‘Tougen No. 84’, 2013, Dillon + Lee

Since winning the UBS Art Award from London’s White Chapel Gallery in 2000, Masatake Kouzaki’s work has been widely exhibited internationally. In the last decade, he has shown at the Sato Museum, the Fukushima Museum, the Koriyama Museum, and the Futyu Museum in his native Japan. Intensively trained in the traditional Nihonga technique of Japanese painting at Tokyo National University, where he gained his doctorate in 2005, Kouzaki uses a unique combination of traditional materials (ground mineral pigments, gold and silver leaf on rice paper) with modern oil and acrylic paints. The artist has also worked extensively with relief application in the form of foil molds, innovating this centuries old technique. Kouzaki has received numerous awards and extensive critical recognition for his creative approach to Nihonga.

Kouzaki’s paintings explore a unique vision of diverse characters, by combining animals and plants, and real and mythical creatures into new creations. Kouzaki sees his imaginative conceptions as intimately tied to advances in science and industry. By depicting humans as transformed, hybrid characters, he makes us reflect on humanities self-identification.

EDUCATION
2005 Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
D.A in Painting
2001 Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
M.A in Painting
1999 Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
B.A in Painting Department
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2012 The Tougen Series, Dillon Gallery, New York City
2009 Caspers Gallery, Tokyo JAPAN
2008 Gallery Sougei Koubou, Fukushima, JAPAN
Keiyudo Gallery Tokyo, JAPAN
2007 Gallery Yamate, Yokohama, JAPAN
Gallery MoMo, Tokyo, JAPAN
2006 L’ESPOIR Exhibition, Surugadai Gallery, Tokyo, JAPAN
PODOCARPUS, Gallery Fukuoka, JAPAN
Gallery Art Point Tokyo, JAPAN
Keiyudo Gallery, Tokyo, JAPAN
2005 Gallery Sawada Kawasaki, JAPAN
Keiyudo Gallery, Tokyo, JAPAN
2003 Kan Gallery, Tokyo, JAPAN
2002 Keiyudo Gallery, Tokyo, JAPAN
2001 2+ Gallery, Tokyo, JAPAN
SELECTED MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS
2010 Born image, Yamagata Museum,Yamagata, JAPAN
Arts Festival of Urushi, Fukushima Museum, Fukushima, JAPAN
2007 Sato Museum, Tokyo, JAPAN
2005 24th Outstanding Rising Artists Exhibition in 2005, presented by Sompo Japan Art Foundation, Sompo Japan Museum,
Tokyo, JAPAN
New Spirits Fukushima, Fukushima Museum, Fukushima, JAPAN
2004 The 13th Memorial Exhibition of AOKI SIGERU, Ishibashi Museum, Fukuoka, JAPAN
Koriyama Museum, Fukushima, JAPAN
Naka-michi Exhibition, Futyu Museum, Tokyo, JAPAN
2003 Naka-michi Exhibition, Futyu Museum, Tokyo, JAPAN
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2011 Nihonga: New Traditions, Dillon Gallery, New York City
2010 Nihonga: New Traditions, Dillon Gallery, New York City
Adventurers Surface, Gallery CASO, JAPAN
2009 Nihonga: New Traditions, Dillon Gallery, New York City
2008 Ma: New Traditions in Nihonga, Dillon Gallery, New York City
Opening Exhibition, Gallery MoMo Ryogoku, Tokyo, JAPAN
2007 Aoi Exhibition, Surugadai Gallery, Tokyo, JAPAN
2006 2 Painters Exhibition, USUI Gallery, Fukushima, JAPAN
Aoi Exhibition, Surugadai Gallery, Tokyo, JAPAN
U-Four Exhibition, Mominoki Gallery, Tokyo, JAPAN
2005 Ecole de Sawada Exhibition, Gallery Sawada, Kawasaki, JAPAN
U-Four Exhibition, Mominoki Gallery, Tokyo, JAPAN
2004 AXIS Gallery, Tokyo, JAPAN
Mitsukoshi Gallery, Tokyo, JAPAN
"KIAF," Seoul, SOUTH KOREA
U-Four Exhibition, Mominoki Gallery, Tokyo, JAPAN
2003 Close – Up Exhibition, Gallery Sawada, Kawasaki, JAPAN
Mitsukoshi Gallery, Tokyo, JAPAN
U-Four Exhibition, Mominoki Gallery, Tokyo, JAPAN
Ecole de Sawada Exhibition, Takekawa Gallery, Tokyo, JAPAN
2002 Naka-michi Exhibition, Art Space Rashinban, Tokyo, JAPAN
U-Four Exhibition, Mominoki Gallery, Tokyo, JAPAN
3 Painters Exhibition, Praha, CZECH REPUBLIC
2001 Exhibition, Mitsukoshi Gallery, Tokyo, JAPAN
The 5th Memorial Exhibition of Kanzi Maeda, Takashimaya Gallery, Tokyo, JAPAN
2000 Adonis Exhibition, Gallery ARK, Yokohama, JAPAN
"UBS Art Award 2000," White Chapel Gallery, London, UK
1999 "Ouou Exhibition," Yokohama Gallery, Yokohama, JAPAN
"Young Artists Exchange Exhibition Korea and Japan," Silk Gallery, Seoul, SOUTH KOREA
SELECTED AWARDS
1999 OHASHI Award, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
2000 UBS Art Award 2000, Finalist
2001 MORITANI Award 2001
2004 The 13th Memorial Exhibition of AOKI SIGERU, Grand Prize

About Masatake Kozaki