Naoki Koide, ‘Giant Salamander (Purple)’, 2006, Japigozzi Collection

Image rights: © Naoki Koide, image courtesy of Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

"JAPANCONGO - Carsten Höller's double-take on Jean Pigozzi's collection." Le Magasin Art Center in Grenoble: February 6 - April 24, 2011. Traveled to The Garage Center For Contemporary Culture in Moscow: July 7,- August 14, 2011.

La Nouvelle Garde Japonaise Exhibition, Galerie Robespierre, Grande-Synthe: September 20 - November 2, 2013

Cavaliero, Sophie "Nouvelle Garde, De L'Art Contemporain Japonais" Le Lezard Noir, 2011 pp. 64

About Naoki Koide

Naoki Koide is a sculptor who makes jarring-yet-humorous biomorphic figures that reference people or animals in the artist’s life. These motifs and autobiographical references have remained constant through various stylistic changes. According to Koide, “If I can’t project these people [around me who I know] into my works then I can’t know if what I am doing is right or not.” Even the animals are based upon those that are familiar to him. Koide typically works with fiber-reinforced polyester resin in a range of finishes, from high gloss to matte or textured. He has also taken to painting his sculptures with a spray gun in ways that do not correspond to the sculptures’ forms. More recently, Koide has begun to experiment with wood and ceramics.

Japanese, b. 1968