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Naruki Oshima's work tells of principles. There is magic in motion. There is energy in change. There is vigour in serenity and there is vivacity in peace. Stillness reveals the secrets of eternity, and movement the fragility of the moment.
There is a something in this modern artist, an internal knowledge of fundamentals, creating a difference in his everyday, compelling him to express an inner world, to express an energy, motion –emotion - of inner forces, thus inspiring us with bewilderment and exhilaration.
Emotion itself sometimes seems multiplied in Naruki's work which on first glance doesn't really show much of it, suddenly expanding deep within the works hidden soul, and following the downplay blowing away his audience with sheer force.
We are in awe of the quiet strength, soothing beauty and the fierce sensitivity of his incredible body of work, its purposeful fine art photography at its best.
Naruki Oshima was born in 1963. He studied at Kyoto Saga Art College, Kyoto City University of Arts, and Thomas Ruff ’s class in Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. His work has been widely acclaimed and exhibited worldwide, including Paris Photo 2008, Venice biennale 2004, the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2003 and many others.
He currently lives and works in Kyoto, Japan.
2000 Artist in Residence program 'ART-EX' in Dusseldorf, Germany
2001 Fellowship Artist,"Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists"
2001-03 Studied at Thomas Ruff's class in Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
2010 Ph.D. Fine Art in Kyoto City Art University
Selected Solo Shows
2000 “Naruki Oshima, photography” Kunstraum Düsseldorf, Germany/Goethe-Institut Kansai, Osaka, Japan
2002 “Contemporary art from Japan to Finland 2002” Finland artist association Gallery G, Helsinki Finland
2002 “Reflections” Nomart project space + cube, Osaka, Japan
2004 “Colors of Night” Shinanobashi Gallery, Osaka, Japan
2006 “Reflections-recent works” Galerie Heinz-Martin Weigand, Karlsruhe, Germany
2008 "Reflections-recent works" Gallery White Room, Tokyo, Japan
2009 “New works Reflections” Gallery Nomart, Osaka, Japan
2013 “haptic green” NextLevel Galerie, Paris, France
2014 "Naruki Oshima" Galerie Grand Siecle Taipei, Republic of China
Selected Group Exhibitions
1994 “Light & Shadow-the sense of ephemerality” Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan
1994 “Contemporary Prints of Japan 1994” The Shoto Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
1995 “Chenju Pre-Biennale 1995” Cenju, The Republic of Korea
1997 “Future Recollection” Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Japan
2003 “International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam” Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2004 The 9th Venice biennale, photography section “Morphing Lights, Floating Shadows” Italian Pavilion, Venice, Italy
2007 “Appearance: Urban space interpreted through Photography” Organized by TN probe, Tokyo, Japan
2008 “Paris Photo 2008, statements section” Paris, France
2013 “Print Art Triennale in Kyoto” Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto, Japan
2013 “New Acquisitions: The Gallery Shinanobashi Collection” Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan
National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto, Japan
Hyogo Municipal Museum of Art, Japan
Osaka Prefectural Center of Modern Art, Osaka, Japan
The Tokushima Modern Art Museum, Tokushima, Japan
MACHIDA City Museum of Graphic Art, Tokyo, Japan
Kyoto Saga University of Art, Kyoto, Japan
Nagoya Art University, Nagoya, Japan
Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan
Obayashi Corporation, Osaka, Japan
Video work with Dutch Architect Wiel Arets, for “International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam” Rotterdam, The Netherlands