Mikuo Konoki | 此木 三红大

Biography

A Japanese oil painter, glass painter, sculptor and muralist, Mikuo KONOKI owns two private galleries
and has drawn several large murals all over Japan.
He is recognized to be the representative of Japan public art and has won several awards in Japan
such as MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) prize.

1937 Born in Tokyo. 1956 Won the Prize of Rookie of the New Century Art Exhibition and was awarded the reserve membership.
1963 Graduated from Musashino Art University and went to Italy for further education.
1965 Graduated from Galleria dell’Accademia, and attended Italy International Fine Art Exhibition.

Awards
1963 Won the Prize of Kokugakai (Japan National Painting Association)
1967 Admitted membership of Kokugakai (Japan National Painting Association),
attended Sinjukai Exhibition and won the Scheer Prize, Show in the Italy International Art Exhibition
1969 The “Tenko” Golden Prize in the Japan Third Civilization Exhibition
1970 “Tokyo News Agency” Prize and “Kanagawa Kamakura Mayor” Prize in the Japan Third Civilization Exhibition
1978 The work of “Seikahekiten” won the MEXT Prize.
1971,1973,1976,1978 Awared in the Japan Third Civilization Exhibition
2003 The work of “Honba” won Seisukai Golden Prize and MEXT Prize

Exhibitions
1981 Solo Exhibition in Ginza, permanent show in Ginza
1982 Solo exhibition in Iwataya’s Galley in Fukuoka City, Japan
1985 Paticipation in the design of Shouko Art Museum in Chiba, Japan
1991 As an illustrator for “Redlight Nara fantasm kazemichi “,first exhibition of painting on the glasses
1995 Opened the first private gallery “My Art Museum” in Nasu Heights where displays oil paintings
1998 Opened Matsuyama Art Museum in Chiba where displays Ganda sculptures and paintings as well
1999 “Art world of Mikuo Konoki” in Chiba East Culture Centre, Sculptures Exhibition in Matsuyama Art Museum
2001 Chiba, Oil Paintings Exhibition, Ganda Sculptures Exhibition
2003 Ganda Sculptures Exhibition in Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and in Chiba Art Museum, as the annual exhibition later
2004 Solo Exhibition in Matsuyama Art Museum in Japan the work “Kata Tsumuri” was selected into Kumamoto Biennale
2005 Exhibition in NNA Gallery in Narita Airport, Tokyo
2006 Ganda sculpture exhibition in Ginza in Tokyo, and in Metal Art Museum in Chiba
2007 Solo Exhibition in Matsuyama Art Museum in Japan, Group Exhibition in Ginza, First Solo Exhibition in Shanghai
Take part in “Art Shanghai”, “Art Beijing” and ”Shanghai Art Fair”
2008 Solo Exhibition in Matsuyama Art Museum in Japan; Double solo-exhibitions at Shanghai Zhu Qizhan Art Museum,
4 Ganda sculptures are collected;
Ganda Sculpture Exhibition in Miyuki Gallery and in Ginza Art Center in Japan;
Group exhibition “Goodbye! My love-Teresa Teng Memorial Exhibition”at Shanghai
Shun Art Gallery and “359°Three in One—China-Japan Art Exchange”at Shanghai
Shun Art Gallery and Museum of Luxun Art Academy in Shenyang, China,
2 works are collected. Solo Exhibition “Young Konoki—Konoki’s painting in 1950s” in Matsuyama Art Museum in Japan
2009 Solo Exhibition “KONOKI MIKUO — Creative and Experimental Artist” at Umeno Memorial Museun of Art in Tomi city in Japan
2009 KONOKI KONOKI—New Works Exhibition of 2009, Shanghai Art Fair ,Shanghai EXPAT SHOW
2010 Tokyo Art Fair

Impression

Prehension of moments

Shun 

In the local language of Chiba in Japan there is a word “Ganda”which means scrap irons of which a Japanese elder makes so called “Ganda Sculptures” and his name is Mikuo Konoki. Those wasted metals are given new life again through the magic hands of the artist, which suddenly loosen everyone up standing in front of them. However, it is not just simple relax but a space for people free their mind. Thus is the fascination of Mr. Konoki’s art.

In modern internet society, we are engaged in changeable daily life. Huge amount of information gives us too much pressure. Think about this: our life is brilliant and every surroundings are getting better and better—but the fact is that there are almost 200,000,000 people kill themselves every year.

It could be find that behind Mr. Konoki’s Ganda sculptures hidden humorous and childjoy which may be quite important to people in modern life. Aren’t those elements that we need seriously in our life today? Moreover, that childjoy also reveal a kind of character and morals definitely. It must not be easy that we can guess the age of Mr. Konoki from his art works.

Georges Bataille, the French philosopher, used to define in his book “Eroticism” the term “invasion” as “in a certain time, do what you are admitted to do.” This definition is quite interesting.

It occurred to my mind initially when I stood first time in front of Mr. Konoki’s works. His works was invading into my heart, which I felt to be invaded luxuriously. The power of the childjoy hidden in his pictures could even freeze me. How magical it is! I ran into his art world when I walked around galleries in Ginza. It has been a long time after I talked with Mr. Konoki and got known to each other. It is my honour to have a chance to introduce him and his fine art works and sculptures to Shanghai.

Mr. Konoki is an artist gifted in many accomplishments such as sculptures, oil and glass painting and graphic arts as well, all of which he is with very high proficiency in. In this solo show in Shanghai, his recent works are going to be exhibited. Moreover, Mr. Konoki owns two private galleries in Japan where you may have another fascinating experience appreciating his works from his very early time in middle school.

The market of Chinese art works see a flourishing age in these days and has been playing a decisive role in world art market. China and Japan are close neighbors separated by a narrow strip of water. However, in arts field it can be seen much communication via Europe and US but not directly. So, it could be very meaningful that the Shun Art Gallery is trying to introduce Mr. Konoki and his arts here. We hope that it may see a direct arts communication between China and Japan in the future.

It is believe that Arts can cross boundaries. Good art works will be distinguished and appreciated. In Mr. Konoki’s pictures there is often a black cat which lives in his gallery and called “Kuro” (little black in Japanese). She is quite fashionable, sometimes in pink coat and sometimes blue jacket just like that magic teacher in Harry Potter.

It might be those sakura in spring in his gallery and that courtyard in autumn that endue Kuro with deity. You may be the luckiest people in modern time if you have a chance to see Kuro. Kuro often occurs in my dream, and flying with smile with me from Paris to Shanghai.