Izumi Kato

  
 

Izumi Kato

b.1979 Japan

   

Izumi Kato was born in 1969, in Shimane, Japan. He graduated from the Department of Oil Painting at Musashino University in 1992. He now lives and works between Tokyo and Hong Kong. Since 2000’s, Kato has garnered attention as an innovative artist through exhibitions held in Japan and across the world. In 2007, he was invited to the 52nd Venice Biennale International Exhibition, curated by Robert Storr.




Children with disturbing faces, embryos with fully developed limbs or ancestor spirits locked up in bodies with imprecise forms – the creatures summoned by Izumi Kato are as fascinating as they are enigmatic. Their anonymous silhouettes and strange faces with absent features are above all simple forms and strong colours. Their elementary representation, an oval head with two big, fathomlessly deep eyes shows no more than a crudely figured nose and mouth. 

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Izumi Kato

b.1979 Japan



Izumi Kato was born in 1969, in Shimane, Japan. He graduated from the Department of Oil Painting at Musashino University in 1992. He now lives and works between Tokyo and Hong Kong. Since 2000’s, Kato has garnered attention as an innovative artist through exhibitions held in Japan and across the world. In 2007, he was invited to the 52nd Venice Biennale International Exhibition, curated by Robert Storr.


Children with disturbing faces, embryos with fully developed limbs or ancestor spirits locked up in bodies with imprecise forms – the creatures summoned by Izumi Kato are as fascinating as they are enigmatic. Their anonymous silhouettes and strange faces with absent features are above all simple forms and strong colours. Their elementary representation, an oval head with two big, fathomlessly deep eyes shows no more than a crudely figured nose and mouth. Bringing to mind primitive arts, their expressions evoke totems and the animist belief that a spiritual force runs through living and mineral worlds alike. The aura that they exude seems to manifest the first movement of life while the intensity of their expression gives us access to a knowledge of man founded less on reason than on intuition. Embodying a primal, universal form of humanity, these magical beings invite viewers to identify themselves as if looking in a mirror.

 

SELECTED WORKS

LIKE A ROLLING SNOWBALL Limited Lithograph

2019
Lithograph
44.5 x 35 cm
Edition 300/300
LIKE A ROLLING SNOWBALL Limited Lithograph

2019
Lithograph
44.5 x 35 cm
Edition 300/300
Untitled 23 

2018
Lithograph embroidery  Japanese paper
92 x 45.5 cm
Edition 13/36
Untitled 23

2018
Lithograph embroidery Japanese paper
92 x 45.5 cm
Edition 13/36

PRESS

noblesse
Noblesse China
Art Collection
Art Collection
Post-ism
Post-ism
Artforum
Artforum
Ideat China
Ideat China
ArtAsiaPacific
ArtAsiaPacific
Artnet
Artnet

EXHIBITION

POPPING NOW
"POPPING NOW" New Collection is from contemporary Japanese artists Izumi Kato, Taku Obata, Yuki Inoue, Sou Hirose, British artist George Morton-Clark, and France artist Val. The exhibition combines traditional art forms and emerging urban art.
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