Toshiyuki Konishi

Toshiyuki Konishi
Born in Hiroshima, 1980. Lives and works in Hiroshima, Japan.

Toshiyuki Konishi has continued to paint people with a distinctive methodology based on resolutely sweeping away details with bold, strong strokes, even while referencing private records such as group photos and snapshots of family and close friends.
Conversations with his grandfather, who was a psychologist, led Konishi to mull over human standards of judgment and human behavior from early childhood. He consequently acquired the point of view needed for taking an objective look at the human species at a young age, and deepened his thought through the act of painting.
The human figures he renders as distorted vestiges based on memory seem to be opened up to and in rapport with the outer world. It is as if he has captured the instant when the body and consciousness balloon. Konishi reacts to the ways in which such changes exert an influence on the relationship between the world and our bodies and makes realistic depictions of the changing human mind and body compelled to live with a sense of fragility and uncertainty.

His recent exhibitions are “Collection – Asian Landscapes”, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art (Kanazawa, 2018); YOKOHAMA TRIENNALE 2017: “Islands, Constellations & Galapagos” (Kanagawa,2017); “Collection 2 – Diary”, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art (Kanazawa, 2016); “Nostalgia and Fantasy: Imagination and Its Origins in Contemporary Art”, The National Museum of Art (Osaka, 2014); “The Way of Painting”, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery (Tokyo, 2014) and more.
He was nominated as the finalist for the Prudential Eye Awards in 2016.


Public Collection

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
Takamatsu Art Museum, Kagawa, Japan
Burger Collection, Zurich, Switzerland
Takahashi Ryutaro Collection


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