Shigeo TOYA
Japanese / English

Shigeo TOYA

1947 Born in Nagano

Now, I am looking out the forest from my room.Through deciduous trees that have totally shed their leaves, there are some gleam black coniferous trees scattering all the way up to the top of the mountain. Beyond the outline of the mountain, pure white clouds and the pale blue sky are expanding. The outline has some small gaps; white and blue lights are beaming through them. The nearest trees are trembling across my window horizontally and vertically. While wide branches are moving slowly, thin branches are jiggling individually yet their movements are affected by wider ones. Some remaining withered leaves are twitching madly while reflecting the light. Reflected particles of light are playing with the beaming light through the outline of the mountain. Wind. I tried to capture the shape of winds that tearing through the shaking trees or particles of light. However, they run up and down the mountain too fast and complicatedly to capture in my mind. What is clear is that I can see the forest and the light that keep changing the shape by the winds, and I can’t see the winds go through complicated passage that is formed by the trees of the forest. They are affecting each other and forming a structure mutually. I guess what the structure is integral of relationship between visible and invisible things. Well, how can I resolve the contradiction of expressing such structure as motionless and visible sculptures?

1947 Born in Nagano Prefecture, Japan
1973 Graduated in Sculpture at Aichi Prefecture University of Fine Arts
1975 Finished the postgraduate course in Sculpture at Aichi Prefecture University of Fine Arts Lives in Saitama Prefecture, Japan

Solo Exhibition

2009 solo exhibition, Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya (forthcoming)
2008 “minimalbaroque III” SHUGOARTS, Tokyo
2007 “minimalbaroque II” Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya
2006 “Shigeo Toya” Miyazaki Prefectural Art Museum, Miyazaki“minimalbaroque” SHUGOARTS, Tokyo
2005 “Shigeo Toya new works” Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya
2004 “Projection Body” SHUGOARTS, Tokyo
2003 “Metamorphosis into Wood” Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya“Shigeo Toya: Folds, Gazes and Anima of the Woods”, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya
2002 “Shigeo Toya” Nizayama Forest Art Museum, Toyama,“Shigeo Toya new works” Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya
2001 “Shigeo Toya - Wondering Woods”, Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Aomori“Recent Sculptures” Rice Gallery by G2, Tokyo
2000 “Shigeo Toya” Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya
1999 “Shigeo Toya” Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya
1998 “From Borders VI” Satani Gallery, Tokyo.“From Borders V” Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya
1996 “From Borders IV” Ten Gallery, Fukuoka.“Linkage II” Kenji Taki Gallery, Tokyo.“From Borders III” Satani Gallery, Tokyo
1995 “Hirakushi Denchu Award Memorial Exhibition” Ibara Municipal Denchu Art Museum,Okayama.“Linkage I” Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya.“Forest of Visions” Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima
1994 Shugo Satani Art Room, Tokyo.“From Borders I: the Individual, the House, the Skin,” S.“Viewing Doors II”, Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya.“Yama – Mori – Mura” Kuma Museum of Art, Ehime
1993 Temporary Space #027, Sapporo. Satani Gallery, Tokyo
1992 Ten Gallery, Fukuoka. Gallery Haku, Osaka.“Viewing Doors I”, Shugo Satani Art Room, Tokyo. Satani Gallery, Tokyo.“Out of the villages” Ashiya City Museum of Art & History, Hyogo
1991 Thomas Solomon's Garage, Los Angeles
1990 Satani Gallery, Tokyo. Souko Museum Ten, Niigata
1989 Concept Space R2, Takasaki. Concept Space, Shibukawa. Satani Gallery, Tokyo. “The 1st ASAKURA Fumio Prize” Ueno Matsuzakaya, Tokyo
1988 Ten Gallery, Fukuoka
1987 Satani Gallery, Tokyo
1986 NEWZ, Tokyo. Ai Gallery, Tokyo. Hu Gallery, Seoul
1985 Ai Gallery, Tokyo
1984 NEWZ, Tokyo. Ai Gallery, Tokyo
1983 Ai Gallery, Tokyo. Tokiwa Gallery, Tokyo. Ten Gallery, Fukuoka. Kamakura Gallery, Tokyo
1982 Gallery NAF, Nagoya. Kobe Contemporary Art Gallery, Kobe. Ai Gallery, Tokyo
1981 Tokiwa Gallery, Tokyo
1980 Tokiwa Gallery, Tokyo. Ai Gallery, Tokyo
1979 Gallery L, Toyohashi. Nirenoki Gallery, Tokyo. Tokiwa Gallery, Tokyo
1978 Maki Gallery, Tokyo. Nirenoki Gallery, Tokyo
1977 Gallery U, Nagoya. Nirenoki Gallery, Tokyo
1976 Gallery U, Nagoya. Tamura Gallery, Tokyo
1975 Tokiwa Gallery, Tokyo
1974 Tokiwa Gallery, Tokyo

Group Exhibition

2009“Matsushiro contemporary art festival”, Nagano, (forthcoming)“Tokorozawa Biennale : HIKIKOMISEN”, Saitama (forthcoming)“Drawing-KARADA TO SEN”, Musashino Art University, Tokyo“The 6th Art Program OME 2009", Ome, Tokyo.
2008“Matsushiro contemporary art festival”, Nagano, (forthcoming)“Tokorozawa Biennale Pre-exhbition: HIKIKOMISEN”, Saitama (forthcoming)
2007 “The 5th Art Program OME 2007” , Ome,Tokyo“IN THE FOREST“ Tanabe City Museum of Art, Kumanokodo Nakahechi “Living in the Material World “Things” in art of the 20th century and beyond, The national art center, Tokyo“NHK-HEART AND HEART”, NIHONBASHIMITSUKOSHI, touring exhibition in Japan
2006“The 4th Program Ome 2006”, Ome“Art and Object: Affinity of the Jomon and the Contemporary” Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori
2005“The Last Exhibition of Parallelism in Art” Ohararyu-Kaikan Building, Tokyo“Mori no Kuni no Monogatari – Shigeo Toya, “To another woods”” Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum, Nagano“TATEHATA Sakuya, TOYA Shigeo, TSUCHIYA Kimio”, Galeire Pousse, Tokyo“SPACE WALKING” Nizayama Forest Art Museum, Toyama
2004“Art in Wood”, Gunma Museum of Art, Tatebayashi“The Second Enku Grand Award Exhibition ” The Museum of Fine Arts Gifu, Gifu
2003“Komabi Ten”, Komagane Kogen Art Museum, Nagano“Gallery Opening Show” SHUGOARTS, Tokyo
2002“Emotional Site”, Sagacho Syokuryo Building, Tokyo“TAMA VIVANT 2002”, Tama Art Univercity Gallery, Tokyo“PORTABLE THEATER BOX ART” Museum of Art, Kochi“The Unfinished Century: Legacies of 20th Century Art", The National Museum of Modern Art, TokyoTakashimaya Art Award Exhibition” Nihonbashi Takashimaya, Tokyo, tour Exhibition
2001 "ikiro-alive”, Klöller –Müller Museum Otterlo
2000 “20th century of Japanese Contemporary Art” Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo “Art Document 2000 in Kanazu”, Kanazu Forest of Creation Art Core Museum, Fukui“Helsinki 2000 Toolonlahti Art Garden”, Helsinki “The Wall”, National History Museum, Taipei “Man + Space”, The 3rd Kwangju Biennale, Kwangju“The Facet of Korean -Japanese Contemporary Art Special Exhibition”, The 3rd Kwangju Biennale, Kwangju“The Wall”, National History Museum, Taipei “Closing Show” Satani Gallery, Tokyo“Toya Shigeo / Endo Toshikatsu”, Shimane Art Museum, Japan
1999“The 30th Anniversary Exhibition From in Nature”, The Hakone Open-air Museum, Hakone“Noontime Meditation - Contemporary Japanese Art having Inter Sight”, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Utsunomiya“Art Document 1999 in Kanazu”, Kanazu Forest of Creation Art Core Museum, Fukui
1998“Noontime Meditation - Contemporary Japanese Art having Inter Sight”, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Utsunomiya “New Works: Muraoka / Endo / Toya / Hamak / Sugito/ Watanabe” Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya“Human, Nature and Prater”, Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum, Nagano
1997“Japan--The 9th Triennale India”, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi“Japanese Contemporary Art Exhibition”, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul “A Point Contact-Korean, Chinese, Japanese Contemporary Art”, Taegu Art & Culture Hall, “Wall Works: Toya / Endo / Muraoka” Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya“Mont de Marsan Sculpture, Japan”, Mont de Marsan, France“Master Pieces of Museum Collection”, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
1996“Naivety in Art” Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo “Contemporary Art of Wood: From the Forest of Creation and Meditation” Hokkaido Asahikawa Museum of Art, Asahikawa Group exhibition, Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo“Inside and Outside of Art”, Itabashi Art Museum, Tokyo“Contemporary Art of Wood: From the Forest of Creation and Meditation” Hokkaido Asahikawa Museum of Art, Asahikawa
1995 Group exhibition, Sapporo Museum of Sculpture, Sapporo “6. Triennale Kleinplastik 1995”, Südwesr LB Forum, Stuttgart“Circulating Currents: Japanese and Korean Contemporary Arts” Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya“Japan Today ” Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; Kunstnernes Has, Oslo; Wälnö Aaltosen Museo, Turku; Liijevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm“Japanese Culture: the Fifty Post War Years” Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo; Hiroshima City. Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima; Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kobe; Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka (Tour Exhibition) “Art in Japan Today: 1985-1995,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.“Invisible Nature, Japan”, Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya
1994“Quintessence: Third Kitakyushu Biennale”, Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, Kitakyushu“Art on the Border”, Tatsuno City Museum of Art, Nagano.“Creativity in Asian Art Now”, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art , Hiroshima.“Memento mori: Visions of Death c.1500-1994”, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Utsunomiya; Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Tokyo
1993“What is the Katamari Sculpture?”, Ohara Hall, Tokyo.“Propose to the Urban Environment--Impractical: Oita Contemporary Art Exhibition '93”, Oita City Museum of Art, Oita“The First Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art”, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane “Re-creation and Appropriation”, Itabashi City Museum, Tokyo.“Invisible Nature”, Prague Castle Management of the Office of the President of the Czech Republic; Ludwig Museum of Art, Budapest; Ludwig Forum, Achen (Tour Exhibition).“Japanische Kunstler: Kunst der 90er Jahre,” Stadtsmuseum Dusseldor.“Giappone-Anni Novanta,” Museo del Folklore, Rome.“OO Collaboration: Poetry and Art,” Sagacho Exhibit Space, Tokyo
1992“Topos, Ethnos,” Kawasaki IBM Gallery, Kawasaki.“TEMPVS VICTVM: 40 artists from MTM Collection” Ohara Hall, Tokyo.“My Home Sweet Home in Ruins: The Urban Environment and Art in Japan,” Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo.“Sculpture” Iwaki City Museum, Fukushima.“Japanese Modern and Contemporary Wooden Sculpture” Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art,Okayama
1991=“The 27th 'Artists Today' Exhibition: The Present as History--An Exhibition by Eight Artist an One Critic” Yokohama City Gallery, Yokohama.“A Current of Contemporary Art in Japanese-Sculpture” The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama.“Structure and Remembrance --TOYA, ENDO, KENMOCHI” Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo.“The World of Box” Art Tower Mito, Mito“Contemporary Art 'The Mind of Japan'“ The Museum of Fine Arts Gifu, Gifu
90-91“Japan Art Today--Elusive Perspectives/Changing Visions” The Cultural Centre of Stockholm, Stockholm; The Exhibition Hall Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; The Helsinki Municipal Art Museum, Helsinki (Tour Exhibition) Sezon Museum of Modern Art Nagano, Nagano
1990“The Festival of Contemporary Wood Sculpture” Seki City Center, Gifu.“Art and Vision: From Japanese Modern Art” Miyagi Museum of Art, Sendai.“New wave in Wood Sculpture” Asahikawa Museum of Art, Asahikawa.“Museum City Tenjin” Space Media MA, Il Parazzio, Fukuoka.“Bunka-Viewing: Sculptors and their drawings from Japan” Herbert Palmer Gallery, Los Angeles.“Fourth Australian Sculpture Triennial” National Gallery of Victoria Melbourne, Melbourne.“Triennial Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture'90” Shibukawa City Park, Gunma.“XX. Century Sculptures from Arp to Zadkine” Galerie Academia, Salzburg.“Stucki 2 '90 Japan”, Basel.“Is '90” International Sculpture Center, Washington, D.C.“L'ART Renouvelle la Ville--ART CONTEMPORAIN ET URBANISME--” Musee des Beaux-Arts de Tsukuba, Ibaraki.“A Natural Order” The Hudson River Museum, New York.“A Primal Spirit: Ten Contemporary Japanese Sculptors” Hara Museum Arc, Shibukawa; Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago; Modern Art Museum of Fort worth, Texas (Tour Exhibition).Ottawa National Museum, Ottawa.“The Game of Manners--Japanese Art in 1990” Art Tower Mito, Mito.“Japanese Contemporary Sculpture since 1970-1990” Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Yokohama
1989“ Shell and Vessel, Signifying” Yokohama City Gallery, Yokohama.“Modern Masters III” Runkel-Hue-Williams Ltd., London.“Sakaigawa Yugyo” Sapporo.“Japanese Ways Western Means” Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.“20ste Biennale Middelheim-Japan” Openluchtmuseum voor Beeldhouwkunst Middelheim, Antwerp.“Territoires D'artistes Paysage Verticaux” Musee du Quebec.“Art Exciting '89” Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Urawa.“Three Sculptors” Arnold Herstand Gallery, N.Y.“Art in 70's” Ai Gallery, Tokyo.“Group Show” Satani Gallery, Tokyo
1988“Art For Touching” International Art Forum, Tokyo; Tsukashin Hall, Osaka.“The Festival of Contemporary Wood Sculpture” Seki City Center, Gifu, Japan.“Rosc'88” The Guinnes Hops Store, Dublin, Ireland.“The 43rd Venice Biennale” from Japanese Pavilion, Venice.“The 3rd International Shoebox Sculpture” Hawaii University Gallery, Hawaii
1987“Obuse Corollary--Exhibition of Contemporary Art Works 1987” Obuse-do, Nagano.“Triennial Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture '87” Shibukawa City Park, Gunma.“Artists' Network Expanded 1987” Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Fukuoka .“Art in Japan since 1969 / Mono-ha and Post Mono-ha” The Seibu Museum of Art, Tokyo.“Commemoration Exhibition” Ai Gallery, Tokyo.“Drawing Show” Nabis Gallery, Tokyo.“Muramatsu'87 Show” Muramatsu Gallery, Tokyo.“Drawing Show” Ai Gallery, Tokyo.“Newz Box Show” Newz, Tokyo.“Three Dimensional Miniature Works” Gallery Maronie, Kyoto; Wacoal Art Space, Tokyo.
1986“Kanagawa: Art-Dialogue on Peace” Okurayama Memorial Hall, Yokohama.“A Scene of Contemporary Japanese Art 3: The New Generation” Miyagi Musuem of Art, Sendai.“International Small Art Show” Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art, Kofu.“Commemoration Show” Ai Gallery, Tokyo.“Monologue, Dialogue (Shigeo TOYA, Shoko MAEMOTO)” Nabis Gallery, Tokyo.“Drawing Show” Nabis Gallery, Tokyo.“Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition” Hotaka Town Hall, Nagano.
1985“Resurrections of Allegory” Gallery 16, Kyoto.“Six Artists Show” Awajicho Gallery, Tokyo.“TOYA Shigeo, ENDO Toshikatsu” NEWZ, Tokyo.“CONTINUUM '85 Pre Exhibition” Kawasaki IBM Citizen Gallery, Kawasaki.“Haigo-no-Kaidoku” Yamanashi Prefectural Museum, Kofui.“New Generation of Painters and Sculptors--Radical Orthodoxy” Satani Gallery, Tokyo)“Trio Exhibition (Toya, Ebizuka, Uchikura)” Soh Gallery, Tokyo.“Contemporary Sculpture in Japan” Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Yokohama.
1984“The 4th Parallelism in Art Exhibition” Ohara Center, Tokyo.“Space-Play” Nagoya City Museum, Nagoya.“NEWZ WEEK” NEWZ, Tokyo “Memorial Exhibition of Asia Biennale” Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka.“Rhizome” Ryo Gallery, Kyoto.“Vivid Fragments” Gallery Yo, Tokyo.“NEWZ Show” NEWZ, Tokyo.“Five Persons Contemporary Art Show” Kawasaki IBM Citizen Gallery, Kawasaki
1983“From Words to Things and/or Places” Yokohama City Gallery, Yokohama.“NEWZ WEEK” NEWZ, Tokyo.“Perspectives of Contemporary Japanese Art” Museum of Modern Art, Toyama.“The 2nd Asia Biennale” Bangladesh National Museum of Art, Dacca.“The 3rd Hamamatsu Open-air Exhibition” Nakatajima Sand Hill Hamamatsu, Shizuoka.“Materials and Spaces,” Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka.“Rhizome” Oishi Gallery, Fukuoka; Seaside Koyama, Oita; Shimada Museum, Kumamoto.
1982“Special Exhibition in Tama Art University Festival,” Tama Art University, Tokyo.“Three-person Exhibition (Maeda, TOYA, Kurashige)” Kamakura Gallery, Tokyo.“ENDO Toshikatsu & TOYA Shigeo” Women's College of Fine Arts Gallery, Tokyo.
1981“Commemoration Show” Ai Gallery, Tokyo.“The 2nd Hara Annual” Hara Museum, Tokyo.“Yo-Shiki” Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Yokohama.“Try-Angle '81” Kamakura Gallery, Tokyo.“The 1st Parallelism in Art Exhibition” Ohara Center, Tokyo
1980“Plans” Lunami Gallery, Tokyo.“Ade Sugata Hana no Ayadori” Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Yokohama
1979“Exhibition Incidence-Reflection Angles” Saitama Hall, Urawa.“Exhibition August '79” Ai Gallery, Tokyo / Gallery Westbeth, Nagoya.“The Sixth Sense” Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Yokohama
1978“'78 TOKOROZAWA Open-air Exhibition” Tokorozawa, Saitama
1977“FOUR DAYS in URAWA” Saitama Hall, Urawa,“Kyoto Independent Show” Kyoto Municipal Museum, Kyoto
1976“Documentalization” Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Yokohama.“EXHIBISM'76” Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Yokohama.“Exhibition, Optical Illusion “ Kanagawa Prefectual Gallery, Yokohama
1975“75 fall with in Nagoya” Aichi Prefectural Culture Hall, Nagoya.“YOKAOHAMA '75” Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Yokohama.“Asahi Art Show '75” Maruei, Nagoya.“Kyoto Independent Show” Kyoto Municipal Museum, Kyoto

Events, Performances

2004“Art Document 2004 KINTAIBASHI Project” Iwakuni
1997“Grizedale International Project”, Grizedale Forest Museum, U.K.
1995“Grizedale International Project”, Grizedale Forest Museum, U.K.
1989“AMA Project” Santa Barbara Museum, Italy
1986“Classical Music and Contemporary Art” NEWZ, Tokyo
1985 Art works for “Shinju Ten-no-Amishima” Theater Festival, Gettingen Northeim
1984“Sound & Vision” NEWZ, Tokyo
1983 Performance, Hamakurozaki Beach Toyama
1976 Event, Tokorozawa, Saitama
1975Event, Nagakute-cho, Aichi

Awards, Prizes

2002 The Second Enku Grand Award
2000 Asia Prize, Kwangju Biennale
1995 Denchu Hiragushi Prize
1993 The Third Younger Artist Prize, Takashimaya Cultural Foundation
1990 Nagano City Sculpture Prize
1988 The First Fumio Asakura Memorial Prize

Public Collection

Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music
The Hess Collection, California
The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama
Neue Galerie--Sammlung Ludwig, Aachen
Taito-ku, Tokyo
Ishinomaki Culture Center, Miyagi
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Nagano City, Nagano
The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama
Aichi Arts Center Aichi Prefectural Library, Nagoya
Aichi Arts Center Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya
Hokkaido Asahikawa Museum of Art, Hokkaido
Iwaki City Art Museum, Fukushima
Hara Museum, Tokyo
The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima
Kawaguchi Museum of Contemporary Art, Saitama
Ohara Museum, Okayama
Ashiya City Museum of Art & History, Hyogo
Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Takamatsu City Museum of Art
Aioi Museum of Art, Tokushima
Kuma Museum of Art, Ehime
Toyokawa Community Cultural Plaza, Sakuragaoka Museum, Aichi
The Museum of Art, Kochi
Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Utsunomiya
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Ibara Municipal Denchu Art Museum, Okayama
The National Museum of Art, Osaka
Osaka City
Grizedale Forest Museum, England
Utsunomiya Museum of Art, Tochigi
Musée de Mont de Marsan
Shimane Art Museum, Shimane
Shirakawa Park, Nagoya
The University of Tokyo Komaba Library, Tokyo
Chukyo Woman’s University
Fukuoka Art Museum
Gunma Museum of Art,Tatebayashi

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