Born in 1980 in Shiga Prefecture, Japan
Lives and works in Awaji Island, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

Otani Workshop

Make no mistake: despite the name, Otani Workshop does not refer to a collective of artists, but to a singular, an eminently singular sculptor who has become the leading representative of Japanese ceramics. Silent and literally bulging heads, figures with their arms raised like praying figures, monumental middle fingers extended upwards, anthropomorphic vases, children, animals, soils, bronzes: Otani Workshop’s bestiary is a world in itself, a world in which dreams and tales converge as well as fantasies and daydreams, a world in which the queenly imagination and the kingly gesture triumph, in which forces and forms meet.

education

- 2004 Graduated from Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts

solo shows

2020
- Perrotin New York, USA (forthcoming)

2019
- Contes d'Awaji, Perrotin Paris, France

2018
- Children Of, Otani Workshop, Perrotin Seoul, South Korea

2016
- When I Was Seventeen, I Learned About Giacometti From My Art Teacher and Became Drawn to Sculpture - and So I Make Sculptures Now., Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2015
- Otani Workshop, t.gallery, Tokyo, Japan
- Otani Workshop, FUURO, Tokyo, Japan
- Otani Workshop, gallery uchiumi, Tokyo, Japan

2014
- Tadaima kosakuchu, Hidari Zingaro, Tokyo, Japan
- Otani Workshop, t.gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2013
- Otani Workshop, Tri Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2012
- Otani Workshop, Nichi-nichi, Tokyo, Japan
- Otani Workshop: Iroiroten, Kino no Tsuzuki, Ashita no Ashita, Tri Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2011
- ~of the soul~, Hidari Zingaro/Oz Zingaro/Kaikiki Zingaro, Tokyo, Japan
- Otani Workshop no Utsuwaten ~OFF BEAT~, Gallery Utsuwa Note, Saitama, Japan
- Otani Workshop” Nichi-nichi, Tokyo, Japan
- Otani Workshop ~Kousaku Sanmai~, Tri Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
- Otani Workshop no Shigoto to Bon Antiques no Kodogu no Omise, Jikken Shop 1928, Kyoto, Japan

2010
- Otani Workshop, Nichi-nichi, Tokyo, Japan
- Otani Workshop Chopi to shita Mono, Anzuya, Nara, Japan

2009
- Otani Workshop ~Kousaku Sanmai~, Tri Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2008
- Tou no Shigototen,Tri Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
- Otani Workshop, Ginza AKANE art gallery, Tokyo, Japan
- Otani Workshop Tenjikaiten, Gallery KARAHASHI, Shiga, Japan

group shows

2020
- Healing, Perrotin Seoul, Korea

2018
- Bubblewrap, Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto, Kumamoto, Japan 

2017
- An Occasion for Contemplating Ceramics and Sculpture: Seeds Sown in Shigaraki, Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
- Murakami Takashi’s Superflat Consideration on Contemporary Ceramics, Towada Art Center, Aomori, Japan

2016
- ton chin kan, Roppongi Hills A/D Gallery , Tokyo, Japan
- Murakami Takashi’s Superflat Consideration, Yokohama Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan
- Blum and Poe, New York

2015
- Blum and Poe, Los Angeles

2013
- Yukiharu Kumagai Otani Workshop Futari-ten Tanoshii Kurashi, Utsuwa Note, Saitama, Japan
- G-tokyo, Tokyo Midtown, Tokyo, Japan
- Oz!Zingaro STYLE!, Oz Zingaro, Tokyo, Japan

2012
- Japanese Contemporary Ceramic Art by Oz Zingaro, Hidari Zingaro Berlin, Berlin, Japan
- Around The Kochuten, Hidari Zinagaro/Oz Zingaro/Kaikiki Zingaro, Tokyo, Japan
- 4 ceramists exhibition, Hidari Zingaro Taipei, Taipei, Japan

2011
- YMO, gallery Sala, Shiga, Japan

2010
- KAYU・Otani Workshop Futari Ten, Mizunosora, Tokyo, Japan

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    Galerie Magazine — 5 PAGES

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OTANI WORKSHOP "CONTES D'AWAJI" AT PERROTIN PARIS

OTANI WORKSHOP "CONTES D'AWAJI" AT PERROTIN PARIS

Otani Workshop