Project Description

Hiroko Otake

 

b. 1980, Gifu Prefecture, Japan

Hiroko Otake studied at Tokyo University of the Arts, majoring in the Traditional Japanese Painting method referred to as Nihonga. From 2015-2016, she entered the Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists, which is sponsored by the Japanese government’s Agency for Cultural Affairs. She spent this year of her grant in New York City performing various scholarly activities.

Currently based in Tokyo, Otake frequently works with themes that are in relation to butterflies and flowers. When asked why she decided to follow her path as an artist, Otake expressed her desire to see original works that she had not seen anywhere else. She began to create and exhibit her artwork aspiring to make her inner images and ideas tangible. By doing so, she also became aware that through her work, she was able to better connect herself to the society around her.

While Otake’s works have previously been primarily displayed within Japan, she is now working on a much more global scale, creating and showcasing in major cities such as New York, Hong Kong, Barcelona, and Taipei.

EDUCATION
2011
PhD, Dept. of Japanese Painting, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan
2009
MFA, Dept. of Japanese Painting, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan
2006
BFA, Dept. of Japanese Painting, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan
AWARDS
2014
The Emerald Grant Award (Tokyo National University of the Arts)
2013
Soga in a prize
2012
Soga in a prize
2010
Soga in a prize
2009
Soga in a prize
2009
The 19th Scholarship Award (Sato International Cultural Scholarship Foundation)
2008
Soga in a prize
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2019
Metamorphosis, Courtyard, Hiroo, Tokyo
2019
The passing, Mitsukoshi, Tokyo, Hankyu, Osaka, Tenmaya, Okayama
2018
Secret Garden, Scéne, Tokyo
2018
Fleurs et Papillons, Shibuya SEIBU, Tokyo
2018
New Year Live Painting, Shibuya SEIBU, Tokyo
2017
Psyche Butterfly – Symbol of Life, Seibu Ikebukuro Art Gallery, Tokyo
2017
Feel of 4 Seasons, Mitsukoshi art gallery, Nagoya, Osaka
2016
Psyche Butterfly – Symbol of Life, Tenri Gallery, NYC
2015
Psyche Butterfly – Symbol, of Life, Seibu Ikebukuro Art Gallery, Tokyo
2014
Floating Instant, Art Fair Tokyo 2014 Tokyo International Forum
2013
Landscape where is not here, Art Gallery Minazuki, Gifu, Japan
2012
6 colors, Art Fair Tokyo 2012 Tokyo International Forum
2010
Focus-Up Coming Artist- Solo exhibition L’Espoir 2010, Surugadai Gallery, Tokyo
2009
bud, Art Gallery Minazuki, Gifu, Japan “Art tea ceremony”/ Park Hotel Tokyo
GROUP EXHIBITONS
2019
Assorted Chocolate, ANA, Intercontinental Hotel, Tokyo
2018
Art fair Tokyo 2018 Art meets Life by Sogo, Seibu, Tokyo International Forum
2018
Unsound Presents Live painting, Super Deluxe, Tokyo
2018
Beta Night Live painting, 20 Alpha, Hong Kong
2018
Artful Living, Bergdorf Goodman, NYC
2017
A Sustaining Life, Bergdorf Goodman, NYC
2017
Hills Night 2017 with L’atelier do Joel Robution, Grand Hyatt Tokyo
2017
Mikimoto Pearl Necklace show, Mikimoto Ginza, Tokyo
2017
New Book, Waterfall Mansion & Gallery, NYC
2016
Sado – The Art of Tea Ceremony, Makari NYC
2016
Summer Celebration, Waterfall Mansion & Gallery, NYC
2016
Sado – The Art of Tea Ceremony, Makari NYC
2015
Hiroko Otake & Paola Masi Affinities, Ambit Gallery Barcelona, Spain
2014
Japanese Flowers, Iam Gallery, NYC
2013
Gallery Artist Group Show, Megumi Ogita Gallery, Tokyo
2013
Zig Zag, Harmonica Books, Stuttgart, Germany
2013
New City Art Fair 2013 Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
2013
Art Tea Ceremony, Park Hotel Tokyo
2012
Hiroko Otake & Paola Masi Affinities, Megumi Ogita Gallery, Tokyo
2011
ART NAGOYA 2011, The Westin Nagoya Castle Hotel, Nagoya, Japan
2011
Art for Tomorrow, East Japan earthquake reconstruction assistance charity exhibition / Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo, Japan
2011
Mitsukoshi × Tokyo University of the Arts, Nihonbashi-Mitsukoshi, Tokyo

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