Mayuka Yamamoto

Japan 1964

Surrealism, Painting

Mayuka Yamamoto
Mayuka Yamamoto
April 10, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Mayuka Yamamoto is a Japanese artist known for her works depicting children sporting animal features and enigmatic expressions. Born in 1964 in Okayama, Japan, Yamamoto received her master degree at Masashino Art University in Tokyo in 1990, and joined the Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artist to continue her studies in London until 1999.

One of Japan’s Leading Second-Generation Painters

Emerging from the wake of Japan’s first generation of artists, including the likes of Murakami Takashi and Nara Yoshimoto, Mayuka Yamamoto has been revealed as one of Japan’s leading second-generation painters. Her early works were mostly etching after studying print and oil painting at Masashino Art University, but she started showing more paintings since she moved to London and was influenced by Marlene Dumas and Gilbert & George. Later, Yamamoto has shown new style of painting which suggests a question for wound and raw fear in childhood of warm and lovely boy standing in a soft but ambiguous background.

A Boy in Animal Suit

In 2002, at the time of the birth of her child, she thought about her childhood and started depicting fear and hurt with unknown reasons. A result of her idea from such physical and psychological change becomes a boy in animal suit. Whether he wears a penguin suit or deer’s horn, his facial expression remains calm and subtle, from which it is hard for audience to perceive his true emotions.
Yamamoto explores the ideas of natural instinct, parenthood and childhood. Her work combines artificial portraits of children with animal characteristics, which, despite their figurative and realistic characteristics, have an alienating and absurd effect.

She currently lives and works in Gunma, Japan.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Portrait GalleryKallenbach Gallery, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsGroup
2014I am alone, but I am not lonelyCanvas International Art, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsSolo
2014Yamamoto MayukaGallery SP, SeoulSolo
2013Young Art TaipeiSunworld Dynasty Hotel, TaipeiGroup
2013KIAF 2013COEX, SeoulGroup
2013Art Show BusanBEXCO, BusanGroup
2013Young Art TaipeiSunworld Dynasty Hotel, TaipeiGroup
2013Yamamoto MayukaGallery Woo, BusanSolo
2012Art TaipeiTaipei World Trade Center, TaipeiGroup
2012Daegu Art FairEXCO, DaeguGroup
2012BAZZAR Art JakartaThe Ritz-Carlton, JakartaGroup
2012Art Show BusanBEXCO, BusanGroup
2012Young Art TaipeiSunworld Dynasty Hotel, TaipeiGroup
2012Art KyotoKyoto International Conference Center, KyotoGroup
2012Yamamoto MayukaGallery Tsubaki, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2011Young Art TaipeiSunworld Dynasty Hotel, TaipieGroup
2011KIAF 2011COEX, SeoulGroup
2011Art TaipeiTaipei World Trade Center, TaipeiGroup
2011Daegu Art FairEXCO, DaeguGroup
2011Yamamoto MayukaCAIS Gallery, Hong KongSolo
2010UnknownCanvas International Art, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsGroup
2010Blue FlowerSoka Art Center, Beijing, ChinaSolo
2009InstinctivelyCanvas International Art, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsSolo
2009Pan Amsterdam 2009Canvas International Art, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsGroup
2009Blue FlowerSoka Art Center, Beijing, ChinaSolo
2009Yamamoto MayukaKoller Geneva, SwitzerlandSolo
2008Beyond PortraitGallery J. Chen, Taipei, TaiwanGroup
2008SPOTJapanese contemporary art - Gallery Ihn, SeoulGroup
2008Pan Amsterdam 2008Canvas International Art, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsGroup
2007Deer Boy and Other InfantsCanvas International Art, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsSolo
2007UnknownKurashiki City Museum, Kurashiki, JapanGroup
2007UnknownGallery Sun Contemporary, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2007KIAF 2007Korea International Art Fair, KoreaGroup
2007Amsterdam Art Fair 2007Amsterdam, The NetherlandsGroup
2006Yamamoto MayukaGallery Tsubaki, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2006KIAF 2006Korea International Art Fair, KoreaGroup
2006With You, With ArtFuchu MuseumGroup
2005KIAF 2005Korea International Art Fair, KoreaGroup
2005Amsterdam Art Fair 2005Amsterdam, The NetherlandsGroup
2004Yamamoto MayukaGallery Tsubaki, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2004KIAF 2004Korea International Art Fair, KoreaGroup
2004The Special ExhibitionContemporary Japanese PaintingGroup
2003Yamamoto MayukaGallery Tsubaki, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2003Yamamoto MayukaKoichi Fine Arts, Osaka, JapanSolo
2003Osaka Art Fair 2003Kouich Fine Arts, Osaka, JapanGroup
2002Yamamoto MayukaGallery Tsubaki, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2002Japan Art in BlekingeBlekinge, SwedenGroup
2001Print WorksGallery Natsuka, Tokyo, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2000Yamamoto MayukaGallery Tsubaki, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2000Black and WhiteTokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, JapanGroup
1999JapanBlekinge, SwedenGroup
1998Yamamoto MayukaGallery Tsubaki, Tokyo, JapanSolo