Haruomi Izumi is a successor of “Nihonga,” the Japanese-style painting which has been practiced over centuries. The word Nihonga was developed as the opposite or counter word, to the word Yo-ga, or Western painting, and is often characterized by the use of traditional materials such as mineral pigments, a binder made of animal glue, washi paper, as well as the choice of subject matter such as nature and animals. Izumi studied Nihonga at Tokyo University of the Arts. Izumi’s signature works, including Yukoku (The Scarlet Hour) and Sokoku (The Blue Hour), depart from traditional Nihonga and combine surreal color with obsessively repetitive patterns of trees. In this way, Izumi creates deeply textured scenes that encompass their surroundings and engulf the viewer with their rich aura.

“Nature has a perfect beauty and I don’t find it interesting to only copy it in my painting,” says Izumi. “I pursue new beauty by eliminating randomness and creating patterns from a single motif and then simplifying elements I find in nature.” Izumi’s works are included in the collections of The Sato Sakura Art Museum, Chiba Bank, Keiyo Bank, Hulic Co., Ltd., and i-com’s Co., Ltd.


Born in Chiba, Japan in 1979
Lives and works in Chiba, Japan
Worked as part time instructor at Tokyo University of the Arts between 2010 to 2012
Presently a member of the Japan Artists Association
2004 Received Master’s degree at Tokyo University of the Arts, Department of Design, Painting and Decoration Studio
2003 Graduated Tokyo University of the Arts, School of Fine Art, Major in Nihonga
【Selected Solo Exhibitions】
2020 Haruomi Izumi: Blue Hour (SEIZAN Gallery, New York)
2019 Haruomi Izumi NIhonga-ten: Kankaku no Senren (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)
2016 Solo Exhibition (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)
2014 Solo Exhibition (Chiba Bank Art Gallery, Tokyo)
2013 Solo Exhibition (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
2011 Solo Exhibition (Keiyo Bank, Chiba, until 2014)
2010 Solo Exhibition (Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi)
2009 Solo Exhibition (Chiba Bank Art Gallery, Tokyo)
【Selected Group Exhibitions】
2021 Fresh Air (SEIZAN Gallery, New York)
2020 A Single Ant Bite (SEIZAN GALLERY TOKYO凸, Tokyo)
Online Exhibition “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)
2019 Reimagined: Contemporary Artists Take on The Tale of Genji (SEIZAN Gallery, New York)
The 45th“Soga-ten” (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo)
DELTA (Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi; Sapporo Mitsukoshi, Hokkaido; Fukuoka Mitsukoshi, Fukuoka)
Nikitama” (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
Shunki Soga-ten” (Seibu Ikebukuro, Tokyo)
2017 The Red: Men (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
DELTA: Nihonga Sannin-ten (Niigata Mitsukoshi, Niigata)
2016 Asahi Charity Bijutsuten (Matsuya Ginza, Tokyo until 2019)
20th Anniversary Special Exhibition (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
DELTA (Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi)
2015 ShinPA in Suwa (Kitazawa Art Museum, Nagano)
Art Wonderland (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)
2014 Haon no Kai (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo, continued every year afterward)
Mitsukoshi x Geidai Art Fair Tokyo 2014 (Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo)
2013 Ouka Prize Exhibition (Sato Sakura Art Museum Tokyo, continued in 2017)
Venice Biennale “Imago Mundi: Collection of Luciano Benneton” (Venice)
SENSU-ten (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
2012 Wakate Sakka Nihonga-ten: Kore Kara (Hiroshima)
Wakate Sakka Nihonga-ten: Kaleidoscope (Shinsaibashi, Osaka, continued every year afterward)
Mitsukoshi x Geidai, Natsu no Geijutsusai 2012 (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)
2011 Higashi Nihon Daishinsai Fukkou Charity Auction (Tokyo Art Club, Tokyo)
2010 Haru wo Mederu Kaiga-ten (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
Something Precious (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, continued until 2019)
2008 Wave 2008: Hana no Kai (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo, until 2012)
2006 Sakka no Tamago-ten (Obuse Museum, Nagano, name later changed to ShinPA! and continued yearly)
L’Espoir-ten (Tokyo)
2005 Hato no Kai (Travelled through Japan, held every year since)
【Public Collections】
Sato Sakura Art Museum, Chiba Bank, Keiyo Bank, Hulic Co., Ltd., i-com’s Co., Ltd.
2012 Regular column in Technical Seminar material “Bijutsu no Mado” March, April, and May
2006 Design award for Graduate Thesis Work (Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo)
2005 Honorable Mention for the 15th Garyu Sakura Nihonga Taisho-ten (Gifu)