Biography

Biography

TOMOKO HOKYO
TOMOKO HOKYO

Ms Tomoko Hokyo is a modern Japanese artist whose painting styles and interests have changed to reflect her concerns about relationships among people and the contrast between humans and nature.

Biography of Tomoko Hokyo

1984 – She was born in Chiba, Japan

1986 – She began drawing (age 2)

1990 – She began attending an art school to learn the basics of still images and portrait drawing (age 6)

2003 – She graduated from Joshibi High School of Art and Design, Tokyo, Japan

2007 – She graduated from Joshibi University of Art and Design, Department of Fine Arts, majoring in Japanese painting

Pursuing “reality” in modern society

Tomoko Hokyo has been a professional artist since 2007 when she graduated from University. She changes her art style and themes as she confronts the essence of things around her and has concerns about modern society. Our current information society is very convenient, and we enjoy a comfortable life. On the other hand, society provides excessive information and fake news, preventing people from finding the “essence” of life. Those using SMS, such as Instagram, seem to be only interested in the superficial. Ms Hokyo expresses her worries about society through her works of art which contain subject matters that have arisen from her own circumstances and the present reality.

In the aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, she was shocked by the violence of nature, and released a series of “Flower and Butterfly” paintings on the theme of the vitality of flora and fauna which resist environmental destruction.

After she moved to Kazakhstan in 2013, she started to concentrate on drawing children who are the victims of terrorism and migration. Her drawings focused on individual opinions formed by nationalism, religion, environment, and education. Using Japanese animation and manga styles (which she has loved since she was a child) to express these ideas, she released a series of paintings of children, called “Shojoga” (girl).

When she returned to Japan in 2018, the next theme in her work was the relationship between nature and humans, who are concerned about environmental destruction. For generations, Japanese have had a unique way of relating to the contrasts between admiration and fear of nature, which has been written about in Kojiki, the oldest historical books in Japan, and in Ryukyu (1429 to 1879 AD) mythologies. The philosophical view of the creation of the world based on these ideas is not only a part of Japanese culture but has also been developed by other societies worldwide.

To express the relationship of nature and humans, Ms Hokyo recognizes that the “reality of beauty” is inner beauty rather than the superficial beauty found in the information society. To express the reality of beauty, Ms Hokyo uses extremely simplified abstract art techniques together with the natural shapes including spheres of the sun and raindrops, ice crystal shapes and the straight lines of spider webs.

Ms Hokyo will continue to pursue “reality” in society and express it through her art.


Statement

-Theme of my art-

The relationship between nature and humans goes back seven million years when humans first appeared on this planet. This is a very short time, compared to earth’s history which is 4.6 billion years old. The history of civilization is even shorter. Due to the growth of civilisation, environmental destruction has occurred which is breaking the balance between people and nature on Earth.

In nature, there are many beautiful designs such as the sphere of the sun and raindrops, the shape of ice crystals, the spiral of snail shells and seashells, the hexagon of honeycombs and quartz and the straight lines of spider webs. These beautiful shapes that nature creates have given humans the ideas for different designs found on cave paintings, earthen ware and other artwork from ancient times.

Japanese have a unique ‘view of nature.’ They love and respect nature and have a positive attitude towards accepting and wanting to unite with it. Based on spirituality born in Japanese culture, Ms Hokyo uses abstract art to express the unbalanced relationship between nature and humans by reconstructing each shape into a pattern, capturing shapes and fragments of nature.

Techniques, materials

At university, Ms Hokyo studied traditional Japanese art techniques; now she uses mixed media that combines natural and synthetic materials. These materials are natural minerals such as powdered quartz and calcite, acrylic paint, gold foil, and resin. Amber, a fossil of natural resin, reminds us of “eternal” time. By confining minerals and gold foil in artificial resin (which reminds us of natural amber) she expresses the times of the “past” and the “present”.

 

Exhibitions / Awards

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2009 Illustrator Tomoko Hokyo’s First Solo Exhibition(Gekkoso Gallery in Ginza, Tokyo)
  • 2012 Tomoko Hokyo Solo Exhibition “Kachoga -SAKURA-” (Dorado Gallery, Tokyo)
  • 2013 Tomoko Hokyo Solo Exhibition “Kochiikusei” (Yorozu Gallery, Tokyo)
  • 2013 Tomoko Hokyo Solo Exhibition “Lifes in Asia” (Isetan Urawa)
  • 2013 Tomoko Hokyo Solo Exhibition “Traditional Beauty” (Mitsukoshi Ginza,Tokyo)
  • 2014 Tomoko Hokyo Solo Exhibition “Japanese paitings which bridge Janan and Central Asia” (Himawari Grallery of Chiba Bank in COREDO Muromachi 3,Tokyo)
  • 2014 Tomoko Hokyo Solo Exhibition (The Museum of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nur-Sultan,Kazakhstan)
  • 2015 Solo Exhibition at Japanese Festival in Almaty (Central State Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Almaty, Kazakhstan)
  • 2016 Tomoko Hokyo Solo Exhibition “Shinka” (Art Fair Tokyo )
  • 2016 Tomoko Hokyo Solo Exhibition “Destination of Pain/Sadness Breeding”( Renaissance Atyrau Hotel, the Republic of Kazakhstan )
  • 2017 Tomoko Hokyo Solo Exhibition “Loves and Girls” ( Mitsukoshi Ginza, Tokyo )
  • 2017 Tomoko Hokyo Solo Exhibition “The Secret Garden” (Yorozu Galler, Tokyo )
  • 2019 Tomoko Hokyo Solo Exhibition “The world of I and Space and Plants” (Mitsukoshi Ginza, Tokyo)

Exhibitions in past

  • 2008 Group Exhibition by Mameko Endo and Tomoko Hokyo (Gekkousou Ginza, Tokyo)
  • 2008 Group Exhibition “WOMEN Painting”by Japanese painting department of Joshibi University (J-trip art gallary in Ginza, Tokyo)
  • 2008 Group Exhibition “Yubi 2008″by students and graduated students from art universities (Japan at Tower Hall, Funabori in Funabori, Tokyo)
  • 2010 Group Exhibition “Yubi 2010″by students and graduated students from art universities (Japan at Tower Hall, Funabori in Funabori, Tokyo)
  • 2010 Group Exhibition “Exhibition of Art Imagination”(NHK gallary, in Shibuya, Tokyo)
  • 2011 Group Exhibition “Exhibition of Light” (Ginza Gionishi, in Ginza, Tokyo)
  • 2011 Group Exhibition (DORADO GALLARY in Waseda, Tokyo)
  • 2011 Charity Exhibition for Great East Japan Earthquake (Art complex Center, in Shinjuku, Tokyo)
  • 2011 Charity Exhibition for Great East Japan Earthquake (Art complex Center, in Yokohama, Tokyo)
  • 2011 Charity Exhibition for Great East Japan Earthquake “THANK YOU Exhibition” (DORADO GALLARY in Waseda, Tokyo)
  • 2011 Group Exhibition by graduated students from Joshibi university of art and design ( Art complex Center, in Shinjuku, Tokyo)
  • 2011 Group Exhibition “Yubi 2011″by students and graduated students from art universities in Japan (Tower Hall Funabori in Funabori, Tokyo)
  • 2011 Group Exhibition “Hyakka Ryoran” (Art complex Center, in Shinjuku, Tokyo)
  • 2011 Duo Exhibition “Sangaten” (Ginza Ougiya, in Ginza, Tokyo)
  • 2011 Group Exhibition “Art Festival” (Toront)
  • 2011 Group Exhibition “Young Japanese Artists in 2011” (New York)
  • 2012 Duo Exhibition “Sangaten” (Ginza Gekkousou, in Ginza, Tokyo)
  • 2012 Group Exhibition “El debutante URAWA in 2012” (Isetan Urawa, Saitama)
  • 2012 Group Exhibition “Women artists selected by Fuyuhiko Yamamoto” (Mitsukoshi Ginza, Tokyo)
  • 2012 Group Exhibition “Adesugata” (Gallary Shorewood in Aoyama, Tokyo)
  • 2012 Art Fair “URUTORA 005” (Spiral Garden in Aoyama, Tokyo)
  • 2013 Group Exhibition “Shunshouikkoku” (Gallary Uehara in Yoyogi, Tokyo)
  • 2014 Group Exhibition “Hanayagi no iro” (Isetan Shinjuku, Tokyo)
  • 2014 Duo Exhibition “Sangaten (2nd)” ( Gallary Shorewood in Aoyama, Tokyo)
  • 2014 Duo Exhibition “Sangaten (2nd)” ( Gyouganji in Isumi, Chiba)
  • 2015 Duo Exhibition “Hanayagi no Iro” (Isetan Shinjuku, Tokyo)
  • 2015 Group Exhibition at 100th aniversary of foundation of Joshibi junior/high school of art and design (Ueno Royal Museum in Ueno, Tokyo)
  • 2016 Group Exhibition “New Year Japanese Painting Exhibition” (Art complex Center, in Shinjyuku,Tokyo)
  • 2016 Grouo Exhibition “Seiseikai” (Tkashimaya Yokohama, Kyoto, Osaka)
  • 2017 Grouo Exhibition “Seiseikai” (Tkashimaya Yokohama, Kyoto, Osak)
  • 2017 Grouo Exhibition “Break Zenya” (Bunkamura Gallery, Shibuya, Tokyo)
  • 2018 Grouo Exhibition “Seiseikai” (Tkashimaya Yokohama, Kyoto, Osak)
  • 2018 Grouo Exhibition (Mitukoshi Nihonbashi, Tokyo)
  • 2018 Duo Exhibition “LIVES” (Isetan Shinjyuku, Tokyo)
  • 2018 Christmas Art session (Takashimaya Yokohama)
  • 2019 Group Exhibition “Bijinga Zukushi 2nd” A book launch Exhibition (Art Morimoto Gallery in Ginza, Tokyo)
  • 2019 Art Expo Malaysia

Awards

  • 2007 “Kato Nariyuki Memorial Award” as valedictorian of Joshibi university of art and design (Japanese painting department)
  • 2009 Award in exhibition by Tokyo art center
  • 2010 “Painting selected by musicians award” in exhibition by Dorado International Artists Associations
  • 2011 “Sakura Award”in 22nd Garyusakura Japanese Painting Exhibision
  • 2016 The 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident, the 2017 Astana Expo Memorial “Internal Artist Competition” 3rd place

Workshop

  • 2013 Workshop of Japanese painting for Children/Adults (Aoyama Gakuin University,Tokyo)
  • 2014 Workshop of Japanese painting (Japan Center in Astana, Kazakhstan)
  • 2014 Workshop of Japanese painting (The museum of the first president of the republic of Kazakhstan in Astana, Kazakhstan)
  • 2015 Workshop of Japanese painting (Central State Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Almaty, Kazakhstan)

Media

  • 2012 Weekly Post issued on 22nd of June
  • 2014 Shinronavi (as alumna of Joshibi university of art and design)
  • 2013 Asahi Newspaper issued on 14th of August
  • 2014 Tokyo Newspaper issued on 29th of March
  • 2013 Mainichi Newspaper issued on 9th of August
  • 2014 Chiba Nippo issued on 4th of April
  • 2013 Saitama Newspaper issued on 26th of August
  • 2013 Tokyo Newspaper issued on 26th of December
  • 2014 Mainichi Newspaper issued on 23rd of January
  • 2014 Chiba Television
  • 2014 Kazakhstan Television
  • 2013 Art Collectors (January, 2014), issued on 25th of December
  • 2015 Sankei Newspaper issued on 21st of May
  • 2015 Tokyo Newspaper issued on 22nd of May
  • 2015 Cool Japan (Web site, Spain)
  • 2015 “Let’s take a look at word school” (Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs website)
  • 2016 Magazine interview (JICA)
  • 2016 FM Yokohama “Next artlogue” (Radio)
  • 2016 BS Fuji “Break Zenya” (TV)
  • 2018 Fuji Television “1H sense” (TV)
  • 2018 Nippon Broadcasting System “Entertainment Next” (Radio)
  • 2019 FM Yokohama “Future Scape” (Radio)
  • 2019 J-WABE “J-WAVE Tokyo Morning Radio” (Radio)
  • 2020 bayfm “MOTIVE!!” (Radio)

Public collection

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  • The Chiba Bank Ltd.
  • The museum of the first president of the republic of Kazakhstan in Astana(Nur-Sultan)
  • Mate-Care Co., Ltd.
  • Other individuals

Other Work

  • 2015 Front Cover of Chiba Bank’s Yearly Calender
  • 2016 Book-Cover Design of Akihiko Nakamura, Shippu ni Orenu Hana Ari (The Flower was not Broken by Strong Winds) (Book Designer: Nobuyoshi Kikuchi) PHP Institute
  • 2017 Executed Seventeen Ceiling Paintings out of One hundred sixty of Kyakuden (reception hall) in Shoujuin Temple, Ujitawara town, Kyoto