1993 Born in Japan

2012 Entered the Tokyo University of the Arts

2015 Exchanged to Sydney College of the Arts

2017 Graduated the Tokyo University of the Arts

    Entered the master course of the Tokyo University of the Arts

2018 Participated in IAM program (institute of Art of Malta)

2020 Graduated the master course of the Tokyo University of the Arts

 

Exhibitions

2019 “Good-bye Lullaby” Tokyo, Japan

          “Land Politics” Valletta, Malta

 Akira Taniguchi is currently a master student of Tokyo University of the Arts.  He mainly creates his work in the fields of painting and installation.  His artistic creations are based on a Japanese original thought called もののあはれ “Mono-no-aware” (pathos of things) – the feeling of sadness which accompanies the reality of life and death.  This concept can be compared with and is similar to the theory of “Memento Mori” in Western culture.  Under this idea, he regards continuity as inspiration for his art.  We, humans, continue to live and cease to live one day.  This simple motto shows that existence and death are two sides of the same coin.  Therefore, he creates art work which repeats itself and makes viewers reflect on the idea of “Mono-no-aware”. The materials he uses are varied, from oil and acrylic paints, ceramics to plywood and other. He received the Dean’s Award at Degree Show in Sydney College of the Arts, Australia when he was an exchange student.

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