Street art

Mina Hamada

Japan 1981

Urban Art, Street Art

Mina Hamada
Mina Hamada
February 25, 2015
Nina Karaicic is a journalist with experience in TV and radio media. Born in 1989, she had studied at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Political Sciences (Journalism). Interests: Photography, Art, Film, Folklore, Video Games

Mina Hamada is a Japanese artist whose work is characterized through abstract and organic shapes in soft, bright and warm colors on a monochrome background. Flat and soft forms interact harmoniously balanced, while rhythm and color provide a striking leitmotif to her work. Mina Hamada’s paintings and drawings are fresh and friendly, personal and sensitive and invite us into the artist’s unconsciousness – a dream world, combining occident and orient, young spirit and profound philosophy.

Mina was born 1981 in Louisiana, USA and grows up in Tokyo, Japan, where she studies Design and Illustration at the Sokei Academy of Fine Art & Design. In Japan she has first exhibitions, presenting her illustrations and handmade storybooks, which combine her own drawing and short story-poems. In 2006 she wins the Special prize of the Kazuyoshi Iino- Award for her picture book Neboke House.

At the end of 2009 she moves to Barcelona, Spain, where she studies Typography and Hispanic Studies and stays to date. Mina Hamada grows to love the city’s Street Art scene and meets the artist Zosen. She starts to experiment with large-scale murals and Zosen & Mina Hamada consolidate as an artistic duo. They start collaborating on joint murals, installations, serigraphy and participate at numerous Mural Festivals and exhibitions since 2012. Their collective and individual work is exhibited in galleries and institutions all over Europe, in Miami, Tokyo and lately on their tour through South America, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Lima, Peru, where they stay several months until February 2015 in order to discover the rich popular culture from the Andean States. While painting in public, space gives Mina Hamada inspiration through the communication with her surrounding, in the studio she works self-concentrated on her individual projects and investigates unknown fields of painting from the unconscious and improvisation. The titles of her works, mostly in Japanese, reflect this poetic self-analysis and refer to her cross-cultural background and examination with her own identity.

Mina Hamada lives and works in Barcelona, Spain.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014 Cultura Popular Club Cultural Matienzo, Buenos Aires, Argentina Duo
2014 Inside-Outside B&B Gallery, Sheffield, UK Duo
2014 City Limits Islington Mill, Manchester, UK Duo
2014 Slanted Entry Plus81gallery, New York, USAGroup
2014 Oficio Kosovo Gallery, Córdoba, ArgentinaGroup
2014 Muropolis Mendoza Mendoza, ArgentinaGroup
2014 Bet Art Calvià Calvià, Mallorca, SpainGroup
2014 Aura Division All Bilbao 2014 Bilbao, SpainGroup
2014 HOP14 Sant Adriá de Besós, SpainGroup
2014 1ª Biennal d’art urbà al Vallès Centre cultural de la Llagosta, SpainGroup
2014 Bien Urbain. Artistic route through urban spaces Besançon, FranceGroup
2014 Just Swim Artrebels gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2013 Debens Remix Sessions Galeria Senda, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2013 Cash, Cans & Candy Gallery Ernst Hilger, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2013 Ad infinitum Iam Gallery, Madrid, SpainGroup
2013 No nos cabe tanta muerte. Memorial a Ciudad Juárez Centre Cultural La Casa Elizalde, Barcelona, Spain; Roca Umbert, Granollers, SpainGroup
2013 Mujeriegas Espai M, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2013 Urban Force and Montana Colors present Otomo Atomico Kojimachi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan Duo
2013 Otomo Atomico Meeatings23, Barcelona, Spain Duo
2013 Neofauvismo Iam Gallery, Madrid, Spain Duo
2012 Absences GO Gallery, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsGroup
2012 Fabra i Coats Fàbrica de Creació de Barcelona Sant Adrià, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2012 FAC12 Sant Adriá de Besós, SpainGroup
2012 Bloop Festival 2012 Sant Antoni, Ibiza, SpainGroup
2012 Emergencia Showroom 2012 Allehaus, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2012 No nos cabe tanta muerte, Memorial a Ciudad Juárez TPK Art i Pensament Contemporani, Hospitalet, Spain; Cird Dones, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2012 Runas Espai Jove Boca Nord, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2012 Expo Urban La Petita Galeria, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2012 El color flotante IKARA Skate Shop & Gallery, Barcelona, Spain Duo
2011 Reskate Ikara Gallery, Barcelona, Spain; Bright Tradeshow (art area), Berlin, GermanyGroup
2011 Runas Centre Civic Guinardó, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2011 Runas Ateneu Roig, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2010 Stripart 2010 Centre Civic Guinardó, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2010 Reacciones, performance multidisciplinar Centre Civic Guinardó, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2010 Human Book. III Festival de libro de artista y de las pequeñas ediciones Barcelona, SpainGroup
2009 Harineko presents tamachisha feat sangojunasu2 Koenji Pengin House, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2009 Classic Now IDeA by Utrecht, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2009 Tamachisha feat. Aburauri Nogata Aburauri, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2009 Tamachisha feat sangojunasu Koenji Pengin House, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2009 Aburauri biyori Nakano Zero, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2009Image to ehon ten Gotham Gallery, Tokyo, JapanSolo