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ARTISTS /Kunihiro Akinaga


Kunihiro Akinaga (b. 1987) was born in Osaka, Japan. He graduated from the Ceramic Art Course, Department of Crafts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Osaka University of Arts in 2001.

In contemporary society, faced with various issues such as international affairs and environmental changes, Kunihiro Akinaga deeply feels the information overload that makes it difficult to see the truth clearly. At the same time, society is rapidly advancing at an astonishing speed, driven by human desires that fuel scientific progress, making almost anything possible. This rapid development blurs the boundaries between "reality" and "unreality," "human" and "animal," and so on. Contemplating these issues has inspired Kunihiro Akinaga to create hollow ceramic works. His works embody the duality of "permanence" observed in Japan's Jomon pottery, as well as the fragility that can easily crumble under impact. Through this creative approach, he seeks to explore the relationship between humans and nature, and to question the boundaries between reality and illusion.

1987 born in Osaka, Japan

2001 Faculty of Fine Arts, Osaka University of Arts

Solo Exhibitions


2021     Osaka Takashimaya Gallery Next, Osaka

2019     Takashimaya Shinjuku Art Gallery, Tokyo

2018     MIMESIS, Osaka Takashimaya, Osaka


2013     Akinaga Kunihiro Exhibition, Kyoto Takashimaya, Kyoto

             Black Ceramic Sculptures, Shapes of Plants, GALERIA, Tokyo

2009    Black Ceramic Sculptures, Shapes of Plants, INAX MUSEUMS, Aichi

2007    Gallery Haku, Osaka('03)

2006    Kyoto Takashimaya, Kyoto

2002    Gallery Maronie, Kyoto

Group Exhibitions


2023     Clay’s next chapter, Touch Ceramics, Hong Kong

2021     Real, Yoshiaki Inoue Gallery, Osaka

             No Man's Land, The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo

2020    Message: Contemporary Ceramic Collection, The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo

             Animals in Ceramic Art Exhibition, Hagi Uragami Museum, Yamaguchi

2019     Desin Miami, USA

             Art Kyoto, Nijo Castle, Kyoto

              FLOWERS, The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shiga

2018     13th, Paramita Museum Ceramic Prize Exhibition, Paramita Museum, Mie

             Real, Yoshiaki Inoue Gallery, Osaka

             13th, Paramita Museum Ceramic Prize Exhibition, Paramita Museum, Mie

             Real, Yoshiaki Inoue Gallery, Osaka

2017     Art Osaka, Hotel Granpia Osaka, Osaka

             Harada no Mori Gallery Renewal Open Exhibition, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Hyogo

             Form and Essence, AKI GALLERY, Taiwan

2016     TAIWAN Ceramics Biennale, Taiwan

             Tradition and Innovation, Contemporary Japanese Ceramic, The Shigaraki

             Ceramic Cultural Park, Siga / Frederic Meyer Meijer Gardens, Michigan

2015     Art Taipei, Taiwan (’14)

              Young Art Taipei, Taiwan

             Contemporary Anthropomorphism, Sinjuku Takashimaya, Tokyo

             Premio Faenza, Faenza Italy (‘13)

2014     Phantasm Museum, Takashimaya (multiple locations)

             Supernatural, MEGUMI OGITA GALLERY, Tokyo

             ART PARIS, France 

2013     CABINET DA-END, Gallery DA-END, France

2012     SOFA. NEW YORK, NY

2011     Taro Okamoto Contemporary Art Prize, Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum, Kawasaki

             30th, Chozansho Contemporary Ceramic Art Exhibition, Aichi

2008    Ceramic Site 2008, Gallery Haku ('04 - '07)

2007     45th, Asahi Ceramic Art Exhibition, ('01, '02)

2005    Miyazaki International Ceramic Sculpture Exhibition, MIyazaki Airport ('04)

2004     Value of Materials, Motoazabu Gallery, Tokyo, Gallery Haku, Osaka

2003    Hyogo Prefectural Exhibition, Hyogo Prefectural Museum, Hyogo ('01, '02)

             Japan Craft Exhibition, Ginza Matsuya, Tokyo

             Takaoka Craft Exhibition, Yamato Takaoka, Toyama



2011 Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art <Selected>

2009 Choza Award <Choza Award>

2001 Asahi Ceramic Art Exhibition <Encouragement Award>

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