Ai Yamaguchi

Ai Yamaguchi

Japan 1977

Ai Yamaguchi
Ai Yamaguchi
November 29, 2015
Aya received her MA in English Language and Literature in 2012. She likes dancing, traveling, cycling and spending time with her pets.

Ai Yamaguchi is a Japanese contemporary artist, born in 1977. Her works are influenced by both traditional Japanese values and themes, and modern Japanese pop culture. Her powerful art depicts the lives of young female prostitutes and embodies the sexuality which was typical for the Edo period (1600-1868 AD). In 1999, Ai formed the group “ninyu works”.

She attended Women’s College of Fine Arts, Department of Crafts in Kanagawa, Japan, where she studied weaving. The artist trained under Takashi Murakami and worked as an assistant at Kaikai Kiki. She appeared at Murakami’s Bravo exhibition in 1999.

Yamaguchi’s art often focuses on female hair

Ai Yamaguchi - Ichi to too , 2013
Ai Yamaguchi – Ichi to too , 2013

Yamaguchi’s artwork is featured in the public collection of Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

She exhibited her works in numerous group and solo shows, both in Japan and internationally. The galleries where she had exhibitions include Mizuma Art Gallery in Tokyo, Japan; Chancery Lane Gallery in Hong Kong, China; NADiff modern in Tokyo, Japan; Aki Gallery in Taipei, Taiwan; and Roberts & Tilton in Los Angeles, United States.

Her vibrant and very two-dimensional works with delicately drawn lines combine the classical Japanese aesthetics with manga subculture. The main theme of Ai Yamaguchi’s works is feminine beauty in the men dominated world of medieval Japan. She also incorporates Waka, Japanese poetry into her art, as well as kana and kanji words. The artist doesn’t shy away from experimenting with new techniques and media, so she developed a unique canvas, using wood panels, a blanket and cotton fabric.

Vibrant and two-dimensional works

Ai Yamaguchi - Suguni Sou , 2013
Ai Yamaguchi – Suguni Sou , 2013

The artist is represented by Kumi Contemporary in London, United Kingdom.

Ai Yamaguchi lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.

All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumGroup/solo
2014shinchishirinJoshua Liner Gallery, New York, NYsolo
201420 Years Art x Mags ExhibitionGiant Robot, Los Angeles, CAgroup
2013Ukiyo-e POP – Pop Culture from Edo to TodayShizuoka City Tokaido Hiroshige Museum of Art, Japangroup
2013Wonderful My Art – The Artist of the Takahashi CollectionKawaguchiko Museum of Art, Yamanashi, Japangroup
2012hoshiMizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japansolo
2012ashita mata10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong, Chinasolo
2012yorokobiADiff modern, Tokyo, Japansolo
2012UTAKATA TAYUTAU -the blinking of an eyeSpiral Garden, Tokyo, Japangroup
2012Kamisaka Sekka - dawn of modern Japanese designArt Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australiagroup
2011kumogakureAki Gallery, Taipei, Taiwansolo
2010hogara hogaraNADiff Gallery, Tokyo, Japansolo
2010kiyuMizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japansolo
2009November Steps - Susan Phillips & Gallery ArtistsMizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japangroup
2008hana wa no ni aruyouni/Flowers as they are in the fieldRoberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CAsolo
2008MacrocosmRoberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CAgroup
2008Off the RailsMizuma and One Gallery, Beijing, Chinagroup
2007yama, haruruMizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japansolo
2006E no e: Pictures of PicturesGR2, Los Angeles, CAsolo
2006DO NOT STACKRoberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CAgroup
2006Group ShowMizuho Oshiro Gallery, Kagoshima, Japangroup
2005Take art collection 2005Spiral Garden, Tokyo, Japangroup
2005UntitledRoberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CAgroup
2005A – LunchAXIS Gallery ANNEX, Tokyo, Japangroup
2004OyasumiShaheen Modern & Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OHsolo
2004Haru no yukueMizuho Oshiro Gallery, Kagoshima, Japansolo
2004Hana mite kurasu haruNADiff, Tokyo, Japansolo
2004EYE OF THE NEEDLERoberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CAgroup
2004Fiction. Love-Ultra New Vision in Contemporary ArtMuseum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taiwangroup
2004OFFICINA ASIAGalleria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italygroup
2003SukutokoRoberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CAsolo
2003HanabukuroViewing Room yoyogi/garage, Tokyo, Japansolo
2003Still WatersRoberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CAgroup
2002KinuginuGallery Eve, Tokyo, Japansolo
2002Ai YamaguchiGiant Robot Store, Los Angeles, CAsolo
2002Ai YamaguchiStefan Stux Gallery, New York, NYsolo
2002Kageki MetonymicsStefan Stux Gallery, New York, NYgroup
2001OminaeshiNADiff bis, Miyagi, Japansolo
2001ShoumonraifukuShibuya Seibu Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japansolo
2000Haru ni shirarenu hanaNADiff, Tokyo, Japansolo
2000Mokomoko no tsukiNADiff, Tokyo, Japansolo
2000KamuroSalon Sui, Ishikawa, Japansolo