Natsuko Sakamoto

Natsuko Sakamoto
Born in Kumamoto, 1983. Lives and works in Tokyo.

Natsuko Sakamoto graduated from Aichi University of the Arts and Music, Graduate School of Fine Arts, doctoral course in Fine Arts, in 2012. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions such as “Garden of Painting: Japanese Art of the 00s”, the National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan (2010); “ART as MAGIC – Visionary Artists and Their Inner Supernatural World”, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya, Japan (2012); “DER STURM”, Nagoya Citizen’s Gallery Yada, Aichi, Japan (2013); “The Best Selection of the Ohara Museum of Art”, the National Art Center, Tokyo (2016). In 2013, Sakamoto had a solo exhibition titled, “ARKO 2013 Natsuko SAKAMOTO”, Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan, which held at the end of a three-month residency. She is a young artist expected to continue flourishing in her career. Sakamoto’s paintings create strong impressions. Her unique use of colors enforces a particularly distorted sense of space and world-view, of girls who seem to be living in a perpetual strange theater. Since 2012 she’s taken a step back away from the narratively formerly resident in her paintings, and transformed towards expressions which foreground the act of painting and her abiding concern: spatial qualities unique to painting. Perhaps it is the repetition of the act of painting itself, and an experiment to challenge the beauty and power of the practice of painting as a universal domain.



Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art Aichi, Aichi, Japan
University of the Arts, Aichi, Japan
Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited, Japan
National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan
Takahashi Ryutaro Collection


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