Mayuka Yamamoto

Like in the work of Yoshitomo Nara Mayuka's paintings refer to adolescence. However, Yamamoto is not from the circles around Nara and Murakami. After she became a mother she started to depict children with animal features. The boys are sweet and cherishable, but at the same time vulnerable and mysterious. The children/animals in her work represent something out of reach and chaotic characteristic to adolescents.


Musashino Art University, Tokyo
(MFA, 1990)
Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists, London

Solo exhibitions (selection)
2009 Instinctively, Canvas International Art, Amsterdam
2007 Deer Boy and Other Infants, Canvas International Art, Amstelveen
2006 Gallery Tsubaki, Tokyo
2004 Gallery Tsubaki, Tokyo
2003 Koichi Fine Arts, Osaka, Japan
2002 Gallery Tsubaki, Tokyo
2000 Gallery Tsubaki, Tokyo

Group exhibitions (selection)
2010 Canvas International Art, Art Amsterdam
2008 Beyond Portrait - Gallery J Chen, Taipei
2008 SPOT! Japanese contemporary art - Gallery Ihn, Seoul
2007 YJP Young Japanese painting, Canvas International Art, Art Amsterdam, Amsterdam
2007 Korean International Art Fair, Gallery Tsubaki, Seoul
2006 Emerging Artists, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo
2006 With you, With Art, Fuchu Museum, Tokyo
2005 Art Amsterdam/KunstRAI, Canvas International Art, Amsterdam
2003 Osaka Art Fair 2003, Koichi Fine Arts, Osaka
2002 Japan Art in Blekinge, Sweden
2000 Black and White, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo