Yoji Kumagai has earned tremendous attention since his first solo exhibition at Seizan Gallery in 2017. This second solo show will focus mainly on seemingly narrative paintings in which humans and other living things are interwoven in a fairy tale world. Rendered with careful technique, the artist’s works unfold into a fascinating universe that asks us to consider the true essence of Nihonga.

Yoji KumagaiProfile

Born in Aichi, Japan in 1982
Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan
2008 Received Master’s degree at Aichi University of the Arts, Graduate School in Fine Arts, Major in Nihonga 
2006 Graduated from Aichi University of the Arts, Faculty of Art, Major in Nihonga
【Selected Solo Exhibitions】
2021 Yoji Kumagai (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
2019 Yoji Kumagai Nihonga-ten (Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi)
2017 Yoji Kumagai Nihonga-ten (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, continued in 2019, 2023)
2013 Yoji Kumagai-ten (Ito Bijutsu-ten, Aichi, continued in 2018)
【Selected Group Exhibitions】
2023 Nihonga Sannin: Tsunagu Yoji Kumagai, Hiroko Masumoto, Yumi Yamazaki (Art Salon, Kogen, Aichi)
2022 A Contemporary Pursuit of the Modern (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
Yoji Kumagaian & Takahiro Sanda: Milestone (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
2021 JOKER (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
2020 A Single Ant Bite (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo; SEIZAN GALLERY TOKYO凸, Tokyo)
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)
2019 Reimagined: Contemporary Artists Take on The Tale of Genji (SEIZAN Gallery, New York)
2018 Two persons exhibition “Eri Iwasaki, Yoji Kumagai” (Matsuzakaya Nagoya, Aichi)
2017 The Red: Men (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
2016 Yokai Tea Ceremony (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
The 20th Anniversary Special Exhibition (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
2015 Something precious (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo,  continued in 2017, 2023 )
2014 TABRIS (Ito bijutsu-ten, Aichi and Saihodo Gallery, Tokyo)
Shin Nihonga Kenkyu-kai (Matsuzakaya, Aichi)
Two-persons exhibition “Kichitarou Kotozuka × Yoji Kumagai” (Nagoya
City Archives, Aichi)
2013 Retsu-ten (Matsuzakaya, Aichi; Matsuzakaya, Tokyo, continued in 2015)
2012 Masaya Yamada × Yoji Kumagai (Ito bijutsu-ten, Aichi)
2011 Yamazato Art Meguri: Kitemin! Okumikawa in Yuya-spa (Aichi,
continued until 2013)
Se no kai (Matsuzakaya, Aichi)
2007 Honorable mention for “Nihonga wa Uchu wo Egaku” organized by JAXA (The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)
2012 Replicated Ranmatennyozu (Toukouji temple, Aichi)

18/02/2019(mon) -  01/03/2019(fri)

※ Close on Sunday, February 24.
※ Close at 17:00 on Saturdays and the last day.

Artist will be in the gallery Feb 18, 19, 23 and March 3.

*During the exhibition, we sell pieces of works by lottery if more than one person wants to take the same piece. The winner will be selected from all those who applied by Monday, February 18.