Profile

Ayaka Tadano

Born in Miyagi Prefecture in 1992.
2016 Bachelor’s Degree in Japanese Painting, College of Art and Design at Musashino Art University
2018 Master’s Degree in Art and Education – Aesthetics and Art History, Graduate School of Fine Arts at Tokyo University of the Arts

2023 Supported by the Setsuryosha Museum of Arts, stay in Florence and study at Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze (March-June)

Materials –
Washi (Japanese traditional paper), Iwa Enogu (powdered mineral pigment), Suihi Enogu (powdered mud pigment), Nikawa (animal glue), Silver Foil

Statement –

I create paintings on Japanese paper using mineral pigments, silver leaf, and animal glue.

While nothing remains the same in people’s lives or in nature, I try to depict new landscapes by picking up hopes and traces in the midst of change and loss.

My work is influenced by my experience of the 2011 earthquake in my hometown. Though the disaster struck the world, there have been moments of beautiful scenery.

Feeling them as beautiful was a hope for the future.

The colors of the landscapes I paint depict the passing of time and the feeling of the air when the world seems to shine.

While knowing the beautiful shapes and nature of the world, I would like to depict the scenery in my paintings that will become a place where everyone feels they belong.

Private Exhibitions

2024 N.E.blood21 vol.85 Ayaka Tadano exhibition (Rias Ark Museum of Art, Kesennuma, Miyagi, Japan)
2023 Ayaka Tadano x Zeze Pottery “Utsukushi no Hotori” (Zeze Pottery, Shiga)
2022 Ayaka Tadano Exhibition (Frederick Harris Gallery, Tokyo American Club)
2021 Utsuri Kawaru Teisen (Shifting Shoreline) (Sasaki Art & Doll Museum, Sendai)
2020 39th Shinshun Kikaku (Spring Exhibition): Ayaka Tadano Exhibition (Art Space 88, Kunitachi City, Tokyo Prefecture)
2019 Gallery Le Temps Support Exhibition: Kyo Tadori Tsuita Chihei (The Horizon I Arrived at Today) (Gallery Le Temps, Ginza)
2018 Tobari No Muko Wo Nozomu (Looking Out Over the Ledge) (On the Origin of Art, Ginza)
2017 Mita Koto Wa Nai Kokyo (Homeland As I’ve Never Seen It) (GALLERY b. TOKYO, Kyobashi)
2016 Ayaka Tadano Private Exhibition (Court Gallery Kunitachi, Kunitachi City, Tokyo Prefecture)

Awards and Honorable Mentions

2023 Corporate Art Aid Kyoto Honorable Mention
2022 The 57th Showa-kai Exhibition Honorable Mention
2021 Frontier Artists Contest Exhibition 2022(FACE2022) The Yomiuri Shinbun Prize Winner
2021 The 28th Hida Takayama Garyuzakura Japanese painting Prize Exhibition Honorable Mention
2021 The 23rd Setsuryosya Firenze Prize Exhibition Grand Prize Winner
2019 On the Origin of Art Exhibit Honorable Mention
2019 The 21st Setsuryosha Firenze Prize Exhibition Honorable Mention
2019 The 37th Ueno Royal Museum Grand Prize Honorable Mention
2017 Tokyo University of the Arts Ataka Prize Recipient
2016 Shell Art Award 2016 Honorable Mention
2014 The 40th Commemorative Shunki Soga Exhibition (Tokyo) Honorable Mention (as well as the 41st Exhibition)
2014 Musashino Art University Art Festival Exhibition Fine Arts Category First Prize
2013 The 21st Mitsubishi Corporation Art Gate Program Honorable Mention (as well as the 25th, 27th, 35th, and 46th)

Artist in Residence

2022 Artist at MORIUMIUS (Artist in Residence)
2021 Artist in Residence Program 2021 at the Kumonodaira Mountain Hut

Scholarships

2014 Mitsubishi Corporation Art Gate Program scholarship recipient

Workshop

2024 At the Art Galaxy 2023 Art Workshop (operated by Build Fugus), sponsored by the Miyagi Prefectural Cultural Creation Festival Executive Committee, I devised and implemented a workshop for making paints using oyster shells. (Venue: Motoyoshi Hibiki High School Art Club, Miyagi Prefecture)
2023 Public performance as a Japanese painter at a Japanese painting demonstration event organized by Kiyokata Kaburaki Museum of Art, Kamakura, Japan.
2023 Conceived and taught an art workshop “Japanese Painting with Oyster Shells from Miyagi,” using oyster shells from his hometown Miyagi. Concurrently held “Ayaka Tadano Art Exhibition” (Miyagino Ward Cultural Center, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture)
2022 Conceived and conducted painting workshop at Artist at MORIUMIUS.

On Display

Josenji Temple (Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture)
Mori no Museum (Nagareyama City, Chiba Prefecture)
Sendai Taishi High School (Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture)
Kumonodaira Mountain Hut (Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture)
Guizhou Art Museum (Guizhou Province, China)

Papers, magazine features, etc

2024 Artwork published on the back cover of “Secondary Education Materials” (January 2024 Issue No.1052, Gakujitsu Publishing)
2023 Contribution to “Florence Stay Report” (Yukariyousha Newsletter “Hazaki” 2023.9 No.114)
2021 Contribution to the public offering guide “Words of Award” (October Issue vol.422, Public Offering Guide Co., Ltd.)
2021 Contribution to “Winner of the 23rd Yukariyousha Florence Prize Exhibition Grand Prize” (Yukariyousha Newsletter “Hazaki” August 2021 No.105)
2018 Artwork published in “Notable Newcomers 160” (May Issue, Seikatsu no Tomosha)
2018 Master’s thesis “What Does Understanding Art Mean: Salvation Emerging from its Linguistic Nature” (Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School of Fine Arts)

TV appearances

Appeared in a part of NHK BS1 Special “‘Bandits of Kurobe’: Living in a mountain lodge in the unexplored Northern Alps”.
Appeared in a partial broadcast of “Toyama’s Treasures: A gentle headstream of the Kurobe river” on NHK’s national broadcaster Ohayo Nippon (broadcast on October 5, 2021)
Artist-in-residence interviewed and appeared in NHK Toyama News Toyamajin “Toyama’s treasures: A gentle headstream of the Kurobe river” (broadcast on September 17, 2021)

Group Exhibitions

2023 Ayaka Tadano and Manami Numata Two Artist Exhibition “Sharing Time” (On the Origin of Art,  Ginza)
2023 17th “Summer Association Exhibition” (Nichido Gallery, Ginza)
2023 “Thinking Innovation: Chinese-Japanese-SouthKorean Exhibition of Contemporary Art” (Guizhou Museum of Art, Guizhou, China)
2023 Diffusion of Nature 2023 Soil and Dream vol.3 Hokuto(GASBON METABOLISM, Hokuto)
2023 Diffusion of Nature 2023 Soil and Dream vol.2 Shibuya (elephant STUDIO(WATOWA GALLERY), Shibuya)
2023 Corporate Art Aid Kyoto (Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art Annex)
2023 Small Works by the Winners of the Florence Prize Exhibition (Setsuryosha Art Museum, Niigata)
2022 The 5th Nihonga Liberation Zone (Bunkamura Gallery, Shibuya)
2022 “Flourish – Towards the New Year – 7 Women Artists Exhibition” (Bansui Gallery, Sendai)
2022 The 61st Mignon Exhibition (Nichido Gallery, Ginza)
2022 Live painting at the music concert “Finnish Music and Painters in Sendai”. Featuring: Fumiko Sengoku, Natsumi Akama, Yoshihiro Ozeki, Kumiko Oikawa (Aoba-no-Kaze Terrace, Sendai)
2022 Music Concert “Finnish Music with Painters” featuring Fumiko Sengoku, Natsumi Akama, Yoshihiro Koseki, Kumiko Oikawa (GG Salon, Ikebukuro) Concurrent event “Ayaka Tadano Japanese Painting Exhibition” (Yokohama Yamate Western-style House Erisman Residence, Yokohama)
2022 The 16th Summer Exhibition (Nichido Gallery, Ginza)
2022 Imagination Trip – A Journey through the Sea of Evolution (On the Origin of Art, Ginza)
2022 Bansui Gallery 25th Anniversary Thanksgiving Festival (Bansui Gallery, Sendai)
2022 Diffusion of Nature (The 5th floor, Nezu)
2022 The 57th Showa-kai Exhibition (Nichido Gallery Main Store)
2022 FACE Exhibition 2022 (SOMPO Museum of Art)
2021 Music Concert “Japanese Painting and Finnish Music” Featuring Fumiko Sengoku, Natsumi Akama, Yoshihiro Koseki, Kumiko Oikawa (Aoba no Kaze Terrace, Sendai)
2021 Exhibition of three young artists (Bansui Gallery, Sendai)
2021 My Treasure Hunt (On the Origin of Art, Ginza)
2021 The 23rd Setsuryosha Florence Prize Exhibition (Setsuryosha Art Museum, Niigata)
2020 Contemporary Japanese Painting Exhibition (Bunkamura Gallery, Shibuya)
2020 Japanese Art ~NEO Generation~ (On the Origin of Art, Ginza)
2020 Gallery He Iko (Let’s Go to the Gallery) (Sukiwa, Nishi Ogikubo)
2020 MCAGP Artwork Exhibition (MC FOREST)
2020 Haru Machi Selection (On the Origin of Art, Ginza)
2020 Tougenkyo Art Festival 2020 (Tenshin Memorial Museum of Art, Ibaraki Prefecture)
2019 On the Origin of Art Exhibition Honorable Mention Artwork Exhibition (On the Origin of Art, Ginza)
2019 Sapo Ten Godo Exhibition Four Sprouts (Gallery Le Temps, Ginza)
2019 The 21st Setsuryosha Florence Prize Exhibition (Setsuryosha Art Museum, Niigata)
2019 Ajisai (Hydrangea)-4colors-Exhibition (On the Origin of Art, Ginza)
2019 The 37th Ueno Royal Museum Grand Prize Exhibition (Ueno Royal Museum)
2018 in the air Exhibition (Flew Gallery)
2018 Mori no Museum Collection Exhibition vol.4, Nagareyama City, Saitama Prefecture
2018 The 66th Tokyo University of the Arts Graduation Works Exhibition (The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts)
2017 Voluntary Exhibition by the Laboratory of Art Education (Tokyo University of the Arts)
2017 The 4th Mirai Exhibition – Bidai No Kyouen (Collaboration of Art Universities – (Galerie Nichido)
2017 MCAGP Artwork Exhibition (MC FOREST)
2016 Shell Art Award Exhibition 2016 (The National Art Center)
2016 The 3rd ‘Mirai Exhibition’ of Galerie Nichido (Galerie Nichido)
2016 The 39th Joint Graduation Exhibition of Art Universities in Tokyo(The National Art Center)
2016 Musashino Art University Degree Show (Musashino Art University)
2015 Wunderkammer von Fetischismus (Musashino Art University)
2015 Mitsubishi Corporation Art Gate Program Scholarship Recipient Exhibition (EYE OF GYRE)
2015 MCAGP Artwork Exhibition (EYE OF GYRE)
2015 Koko Karano Keshiki (The Scenery from Here) (Musashino Art University)
2015 Futari (Two People) Exhibition (Ginza Bar-Art)
2015 Gonin (Five People) Exhibition – Yakudo (In Motion) – (Mille Fleuve, Hiroo)
2015 Pongaism 3 (Ginza Dai-Nana Buliding Gallery)
2015 Tabisuru Musabi Exhibition (Chino City Museum of Art)
2015 41st Tokyo Shunki Souga Exhibition (Nihonbashi Takashimaya)
2014 MCAGP Artwork Exhibition (EYE OF GYRE)
2014 Japanese Art Sannin (Three People) Exhibition (ap gallery)
2014 Nihonga Kara Hanga He (From Japanese Art to Prints) (Musashino Art University)
2014 Ayaka Tadano ‘Keshiki (Scenery) Exhibition’ (Musashino Art University)
2014 41st Tokyo Shunki Souga Exhibition (Nihonbashi Takashimaya)
2013 MCAGP Artwork Exhibition (EYE OF GYRE)
2013 Heisei Modern Kou (Musashino Art University)
2013 Rei No Ano Nihonga (That Japanese Art) Exhibition (Musashino Art University)
2013 Koko Jyanai (Not Here) Exhibition (Ono Gallery Kunitachi)
2012 Ohatsu Ni Ome Ni Kakarimasu (We haven’t met) Exhibition (Musashino Art University)