Proverbs, maxims, nursery rhymes, folk tales, metaphors, and characters from ancient mythology are the source of my creative inspiration. Once these words have passed through the filter of my perception, characters are given images. A wide range of mystical creatures lurk within my mind, waiting for their turn to be given expression through my paintings.
Once a painting has been completed and I set my brush aside, I can sit back and enjoy looking at my work. But at the same time, I cannot help but feel a sense of regret seep in as I know I will have to let go of the “something” that needed to be expressed on the canvas.    – Ken Shiozaki


Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1972
Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan
1997 Received Master’s degree from Tama Art University, School of Art and Design
1995 Graduated Tama Art University, Department of Painting, Major in Nihonga
【Selected Solo Exhibitions】
2020 Ukiyo no Eshi: Ken Shiozaki Nihonga no Sekai (Artglorieux GALLERRY OF OSAKA, Osaka)
Ken Shiozaki Nihonga-ten: Tenjoukitan (Nihombashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)
2019 Ken Shiozaki: Japanese style paintings (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
2016 Ken Shiozaki: Hyakuju Kitan (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)
2015 Ken Shiozaki Nihonga Exhibition (Ikebukuro Tobu, Tokyo)
2014 Ken Shiozaki Nihonga Exhibition (Yamaguchi)
Ken Shiozaki Nihonga Exhibition (Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi)
2013 Ken Shiozaki Nihonga Exhibition (Nihonhashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)
Ken Shiozaki: Esoragoto (Ikebukuro Tobu, Tokyo)
2012 Ken Shiozaki Nihonga Exhibition (Shinsaibashi Daimaru, Osaka)
Ken Shiozaki: Esoragoto (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
2011 Ken Shiozaki Nihonga Exhibition (Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi)
2010 Ken Shiozaki Nihonga Exhibition (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
2009 Ken Shiozaki Nihonga Exhibition (Gallery Art Morimoto, Tokyo)
2008 Ken Shiozaki: COMICALIZE (Gallery Tomo, Tokyo)
2006 Ken Shiozaki: Kotoba ni Yadoru Doubutsutachi (Tokyo)
【Selected Group Exhibitions】
2022 A Contemporary Pursuit of the Modern (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
Art in Japan (Ginza Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)
Sparkle (Artglorieux GALLERRY OF OSAKA, Osaka)
Lifework, and the Art Once in a Lifetime (Nihombashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)
2021 A Genealogy of Contemporary Nihonga Japanese Paintings Since 1965: Tamabi DNA (Tama Art University Museum, Tokyo)
THE WORLD OF UKIYO-E (The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo)
JOKER (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
Parade: Koushinsuru Gendai Sakka-ten (Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi)
2020 Online Group Show, “Jo Sai Sho Fuku (Ward off Calamities, Invite Good Luck) : Gods and Yokai in the Time of Pandemic.” (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo; SEIZAN Gallery, New York)
2017 Ikebukuro Tobu Kaiga-ichi (Ikebukuro Tobu, Tokyo)
The Red: Men (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
2016 The 300th anniversary of birth of Ito Jakuchu: Hommage to Ito Jakuchu (Tokyo, Kanagawa)
Atsumare! Doubutsutachi!!: Kawaii Doubutsu, Takumashii Doubutsu (Takasaki Tower Museum of Art, Gunma)
2014 Wakate Sakka Kaleidoscope Exhibition (Shinsaibashi Daimaru, Osaka)
2011 Korekara (Sapporo Mitsukoshi, Hokkaido and Hiroshima Mitsukoshi, Hiroshima)
Art Festival: Gendai Wakate Sakka Tokushu (Matsuyama Mitsukoshi, Ehime)
Wakate Nihonga Sakka Kaleidoscope Exhibition (Shinsaibashi Daimaru, Osaka)
2010 Kiei Artist 7+7 no Shiten (Sapporo Daimaru, Hokkaido)
2009 Korekara (Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi)
Something Precious (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, continued every year afterward )
2008 Kurashi no Bi no Kenkyujo-ten (Tokyo)
2007 Youga, Nihonga Sono Mirai-ten (Aichi)
Gendai Nihonga Wonderland (Takasaki Tower Museum of Art, Gunma)
2005 Presentation vol.1: Samazama na Nihonga (Tokyo)
2004 NIhonga-ten: 20th century Kara 21st century (Nogimachi Culture hall, Tochigi)
Imayou: Chōjū-giga-ten (Tokyo)
2003 Racoo (Tokyo)
2001 Four Persons Exhibition “Shunei Sakka Nihonga-ten” (Kanagawa)
Two Persons Exhibition “Nihonga-ten” (Kanagawa)
2000 B-WORKS-ten (Tokyo, continued in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)
2018 Original paintins for “Ukiyoe& Seijafuda×MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM”
2016 Original paintins for “Ukiyoe Star Wars” second edition
2015 Shingon-shu, Inariyama Koumyou-in, Sanmon Tenjo Paintings (Kanagawa)
2010 Rinzai-shu, Myōshin-ji Ha, Ryugenji Temple, Choso Paintings (Tokyo)
1997 Reigeji Temple, Hondo Tenjo Paintings (Tokyo)