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Chiho Aoshima

Chiho Aoshima
1974

Japanese Pop artist Chiho Aoshima lives and works in Tokyo and is a member of Takashi Murakami's Kaikai Kiki Collective.

Chiho Aoshima’s work involves surreal scenes and dreamscapes, often including ghosts, demons, nature and young women. Well known works by Chiho Aoshima include Japanese Apricot 2, Little Boy, A Contented Skull and City Glow, Mountain Whisper.

Chiho Aoshima uses computer technology to create detailed and complex images of fantasy worlds. Chiho Aoshima seamlessly integrates the age-old tradition of Japanese scroll painting with the contemporary aesthetics of manga, the pop phenomena of Japanese comic books and graphics. Like manga Aoshima’s works are frequently full of apocalyptic or grotesque imagery. Her characters routinely find themselves in dire and surreal circumstances which they gracefully endure, looking out at their viewers with ambiguous, seductive gazes.

The works of Chiho Aoshima are considered to be Superflat, the postmodern art movement which was founded by Takashi Murakami. The style is typified by the simple and emphatically two-dimensional forms employed by a generation of young Japanese artists.

Chiho Aoshima graduated from Department of Economics, Hosei University, Tokyo. She had a residency at Art Pace, San Antonio, Texas in 2006 before she began working in Takashi Murakami’s factory with no formal art training.

Chiho Aoshima has exhibited internationally in London, Tokyo, New York, Paris, Washington DC, Boston and Los Angeles. Her work is held in a number of collections including Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, and the Seattle Art Museum. She has also worked in collaboration with Naoki Takizawa for Issey Miyake’s 2001 Spring/Summer collection.

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Chiho Aoshima
1974

EDUCATION
1995 Graduated from Department of Economics, Hosei University, Tokyo

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2008 "Kawaii! -Horror and seduction", Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain
2007 Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
2007 "Chiho Aoshima: City Glow," Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
2006 “Art Wall,” Mural Installation, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
2006 “Chiho Aoshima,” Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
2006 “Chiho Aoshima,” Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, France
2006 “City Glow, Mountain Whisper,” Gloucester Road Underground Station Installation, Platform for Art, London, UK
2005 "Asleep, Dreaming of Reptilian Glory," Blum & Poe Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2005 "City Glow and Paradise," Union Square Subway Station Installation, Public Art Fund and Japan Society, New York, NY
2005 DoCoMo Kyushu Ad Campaign, NTT DoCoMo, Kyushu and Okinawa, Japan
2004  Collaboration with Patrick Demarchelier for the May issue of Harper’s BAZAAR magazine
2003 Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
2003 "Macromatrix For Your Pleasure," UC Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
2003 Collaboration with Naoki Takizawa for Issey Miyake, Tokyo, Japan
2002 Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA
2001 Collaboration with Naoki Takizawa for Issey Miyake, Tokyo, Japan

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2009 "VRAOUM!", La Maison Rouge, Paris, France 
2009 Group Exhibition, Kade, Netherlands,
2009 "Pretty is as Pretty Does," Film screening, Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
2009 The Armory Show, Pier 94, New York, NY
2008 "Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art since the 1960's," San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
2008 "AYACHIHO DRIVE," Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2008 "Krazy! Delirious World of Anime + Comics + Video Games + Art," Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2008 "Re-Imagining Asia," Haus der Kulturen der Welt:The House of World Cultures (HKW), Berlin, Germany
2008 "Kaikai Kiki Artists," Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2008 "The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality, and the Moving Image," Smithsonian Institution, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC
2007 "6th Mercosur Biennial," Porto Alegre, Brazil
2007 "Red Hot: Contemporary Asian Art Rising," Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
2007 "Disorder in the House," Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels, Belgium
2007 "MCA Exposed: Defining Moments in Photography, 1967-2007," Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
2007 "Like Color in Pictures," Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
2006 "Banquet: A Feast for the Senses," Pacific Art Museum, Pasadena, CA
2006 Aya Takano, Chiho Aoshima, Chinatsu Ban Exhibition, Mizuho Oshiro Gallery, Kagoshima, Japan
2006 "Human Land," Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, Lille, France
2006 "Berlin-Tokyo," Tokyo-Berlin, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
2006 Starkwhite Gallery, Auckland, NZ; Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand
2006 "Painting Codes," Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy
2006 "Il Diavolo del Focolare," Plazzo della Triennale, Milano, Italy
2006 "See Into Liquid," Contemporary Art Museum of Denver, Denver, CO
2006 "Spank the Monkey," Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
2006 "International Artist-in-Residence: New Works 06.3," Artpace, San Antonio, TX
2006 "Twogether," 34 Long Fine Arts, Cape Town, South Africa
2005 "Variations on the Picturesque," Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario
2005 "Kaikai Kiki Exhibition," Aoi Gallery, Osaka, Japan
2005 "Ecstasy: In & About Altered States," Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Paul Schimmel)
2005 "POPulance," Blaffer Gallery, Museum of Art of the University of Houston, Houston, TX; Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, 2005 Cleveland, OH; Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Salem, NC
2005 "Little Boy: The Arts of Japan’s Exploding Subculture," Japan Society, New York, NY (curated by Takashi Murakami)
2005 MTA Subway Poster Design, Public Art Fund and Japan Society, New York, NY
2005 "What’s Good Conference," Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong (Lecture)
2005 Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
2004 Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami, FL
2004 "Mysterious," Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Palm Beach, CA
2004 "54th Carnegie International 2004-05," Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
2004 "T-Junction," Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
2004 "Fiction. Love: Ultra New Vision in Contemporary Art," Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan
2004 "Eijanaika! Yes Future!," Lambert Collection, Avignon, France
2004 "Art Unlimited," Basel Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland
2004 "Lonely Planet," Art Tower Mito, Ibaragi, Japan
2004 "Tokyo Girls Bravo," Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
2004 Chiho Aoshima, Mr., Aya Takano, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin at LFL Gallery, New York, NY
2003 "Hope—The Future is in Our Hands," LAFORET Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan
2003 "For the Record: Drawing Contemporary Life," Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2003 "The Mythical Being of Desire: Chiho Aoshima, Shirin Neshat, Shazia Shikander," Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
2003 "SAM Collects: Contemporary Art Project," Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
2002 "Tokyo Girls Bravo 2," NADiff, Tokyo, Japan
2002 Chiho Aoshima, Aya Takano, Mr., Takashi Murakami, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
2002 "Coloriage," Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France
2002 "Liverpool Biennial 2002," Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
2001 "Superflat," Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
2001 "Yokai Festival/Hiropon Show," Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
2000 "Superflat," Parco Gallery, Tokyo and Parco Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
1999 "Hiropon 32-80," at NADiff, Tokyo, Japan and George’s, Los Angeles, CA
1999 "Tokyo Girls Bravo," NADiff, Tokyo and Parco Gallery, Nagoya, Japan

 

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