Eri Iwasaki circumvents the boundaries of Nihonga, the traditional Japanese painting style, with her expressive portraits of young children and women. While experimenting with the prescribed materials of Nihonga such as mineral pigments and silver and gold leaf, Iwasaki draws on her favorite childhood manga characters and Buddhist sculpture to move freely beyond the genre. With swirling lines of platinum paint on paper-thin sheets of gold leaf, she pulls the hidden emotions from her subjects to create forms that convey both gentleness and solemnity. Throughout her practice, Iwasaki seeks to explore the physical and emotional barriers that we wrap around ourselves when we feel vulnerable to the world, and in turn how we can learn to dissolve the hardened shells we create.


Born in Hyogo, Japan in 1968
Lives and works in Kyoto, Japan
1990 Graduated Kyoto Saga Junior College of Art, Major in Nihonga
 【Selected Solo Exhibitions】
2020 Eri Iwasaki: Tiny Night, Tiny Light (SEIZAN Gallery, New York)
Eri Iwasaki: Chiisana Hikari, Chiisana Yoru (Takashimaya Osaka, Osaka)
2019 Eri Iwasaki Nihonga-ten  (KAHO GALLERY, Kyoto)
2018 Eri Iwasaki Nihonga-ten  (Nihombashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo, continued in 2021)
2017 Eri Iwasaki Nihonga-ten: Hibi (Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi)
2015 Eri Iwasaki Nihonga-ten: Kanata no Hikari, Sekai no Hajimari (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo; Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi)
2013 Eri Iwasaki Nihonga-ten: a garden (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
2011 Eri Iwasaki Nihonga-ten: stories Hito wo Egaku (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi,Tokyo; JR Osaka Mitsukoshi Isetan, Osaka; Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi)
2005 Solo Exhibition (Tokyo, continued in 2007)
1999 Solo Exhibition (Kyoto, continued in 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009)
【Selected Group Exhibitions】
2022 HAKU: The Art of Gold and Silver Leafing (SEIZAN Gallery, New York)
2019 Reimagined: Contemporary Artists Take on The Tale of Genji (SEIZAN Gallery, New York)
2018 Nihohga: Kyo (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)
Nihonga: Contemporary Art of Japan (SEIZAN Gallery, New York)
2017 The Red: Woman (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
Group Seishin Nihonga-ten (Kyoto Takashimaya, Kyoto; Osaka Takashimaya, Osaka; Nihonbashi Takashimay, Tokyo, continued until 2018)
2016 So to Zo 2016: Gendai Nihon Ega, Kogei, Shinsaku-ten (Tokyo Art Club, Kyoto Art Club, Kanazawa Art Club, Osaka Art Club, Nagoya Art Club, continued until 2018)
2015 Something Precious (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, continued until 2018)
2014 Wakate Nihonga-ten (Niigata Mitsukoshi, Niigata)
2012 ASIA TOP GALLERY HOTEL ART FAIR HK12 Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
ART KYOTO 2012 (Kyoto)
ART TAIPE (Taipei, continued until 2013)
2009 Kyoto Nihonga Shin-ten (JR Kyoto Isetan, Art Museum Eki KYOTO, Kyoto, continued until 2011)
Art Fair Tokyo 2009 (Tokyo International Forum, SEIZAN Gallery Booth, Tokyo)
Nihonga: Kyo (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo, until 2018; travelled to JR Osaka Mitsukoshi Isetan, Osaka in 2011- 2014)
KIAF Korea International Art Fair (Seoul, continued in 2011)
Tokyo Contemporary Art Fair (Tokyo)
2008 Nihonga, Kyoto Kara no Hyogen NEXT no 10-nen kan, 1998 – 2007 ” (Osaka Seikei University, Osaka)
Sho: Jidai wo Kirihiraku Nihonga-ten (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)
2007 Nihonga Hyogen no Tayosei (Osaka Seikei University, Osaka)
2006 Nihonga no Miryoku – Utsukushiki Hito to Kokoro, Ningen Hyogen, Meiji Kara Gendai Made (Tokushima Modern Art Museum, Tokushima)
2001 Kyoto-fu Bijutsu Kōgei Senbatsu-ten (Kyoto Bunka Museum, Kyoto, continued in 2003, 2005)
2000 NEXT-ten (Kyoto, continued in 2004-2007)
 【Public Collections】
 Kyoto Prefecture
2010 Kyoto City Emerging Artist Award
2001 Kyo-ten Exhibition (Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art), Mayor’s Award
1998 Kyoto Nihonga Painters Association Selection Exhibition, Mainichi Newspaper Award
1997 Aogaki 2001 Nihonga-ten, Hyogo Arts & Culture Association Award
Kyo-ten Exhibition (Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art), Kurenai Award
1993 Kyo-ten Exhibition (Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art), Kurenai Award
1991 Ohmishima Art Museum New Kyoto Nihonga Artist Exhibition, Honorable Mention
1990 Daikakuji Award for Thesis Work
2017 Front page design of the book Ančerl no Chō by Junko Tōda (2017) published by Kobunsha Co., Ltd.
2016 Front page design of the book Ai no Ame by Risako Asano (2016) published by POPLAR Publishing Co., Ltd.,
2011 Front page design of the book Tsubomi by Natsu MIyashita (2011) published by Kobunsha Co., Ltd.