Born in 1969 in Shimane, Japan
Lives and works between Tokyo, Japan and Hong Kong, China

Izumi KATO

Izumi Kato was born in 1969, in Shimane, Japan. He graduated from the Department of Oil Painting at Musashino University in 1992. He now lives and works between Tokyo and Hong Kong. Since 2000’s, Kato has garnered attention as an innovative artist through exhibitions held in Japan and across the world. In 2007, he was invited to the 52nd Venice Biennale International Exhibition, curated by Robert Storr.
Children with disturbing faces, embryos with fully developed limbs or ancestor spirits locked up in bodies with imprecise forms – the creatures summoned by Izumi Kato are as fascinating as they are enigmatic. Their anonymous silhouettes and strange faces with absent features are above all simple forms and strong colours. Their elementary representation, an oval head with two big, fathomlessly deep eyes shows no more than a crudely figured nose and mouth. Bringing to mind primitive arts, their expressions evoke totems and the animist belief that a spiritual force runs through living and mineral worlds alike. The aura that they exude seems to manifest the first movement of life while the intensity of their expression gives us access to a knowledge of man founded less on reason than on intuition. Embodying a primal, universal form of humanity, these magical beings invite viewers to identify themselves as if looking in a mirror.
 
 

education

1992
- Graduated from the Department of Oil Painting, Musashino Art University

solo shows

2019
- IZUMI KATO – LIKE A ROLLING SNOWBALL, Hara Museum, Tokyo and Gunma, Japan (upcoming)
- Perrotin, Shanghai, China
- Like A Rolling Stone, Item Gallery, Paris, France
- Fundación Casa Wabi, Puerto Escondido, Mexico (~2020)

2018
- Perrotin, Seoul, South Korea
- Izumi Kato, Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing, China
- Perrotin, Hong Kong, China

2017
- Lithographs, Perrotin, Tokyo, Japan
- New Prints and Drawings, Item éditions, Paris, France
- Take Ninagawa, Tokyo, Japan

2016
- Galerie Perrotin, New York, USA

2014
- Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France
- Soft Vinyl Sculptures, CAPSULE; SUNDAY, Tokyo, Japan
- Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong, China

2012
- SOUL UNION DELUXE, Kirishima Open-Air Museum, Kagoshima, Japan

2011
- The View from After, COMME des GARÇONS OSAKA (Six), Osaka, Japan
- Paintings and Sculptures, ARATANIURANO; NADiff Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2010
- KATO Izumi − Journeying into Each Day, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Kanagawa, Japan
- SOUL UNION, ARATANIURANO, Tokyo, Japan

2008
- The Riverhead, The Ueno Royal Museum Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2007
- Dear Humans, ARATANIURANO, Tokyo, Japan
- MOKU, Takahashi Collection, Tokyo, Japan

2006
- Murata & Friends, Berlin, Germany [also ’04,’01]

2005
- HADAKA NO HITO, SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo, Japan
- Galleria Enrico Astuni, Pietrasanta, Italy

2004
- αM PROJECT Vol.5, art space kimura ASK?, Tokyo, Japan

2003
- Ai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan [also ’01,’00,’95]
- 23GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan [also ’01,’00]

2002
- Galleria Chimera, Tokyo, Japan

2001
- Criterium 46 – Izumi Kato, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan

1999
- SAMAZAMA NA ME 98 Izumi Kato, IBM-KAWASAKI City Gallery, Kanagawa, Japan

1998
- GALLERY LE DECO, Tokyo, Japan [also ’97, ’96]

group shows

2019
- Weavers of Worlds - A Century of Flux in Japanese Modern / Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

2018
- Bubblewrap, Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Kumamoto, Japan
- MOMAT Collection, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
- An Enchanting Future, Le Consulat, Paris, France
- Contemporary Sculpture Art Works from Xin Dong Cheng Collection, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China
- 10th Anniversary, Take Ninagawa, Tokyo, Japan
- Contemporary Art of the 21st Century – Taguchi Art Collection, The Hiratsuka Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan
- My Favorites: Toshio Hara Selects from the Permanent Collection, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
- Takahashi Collection – Face and Abstraction, Kiyoharu Art Colony, Yamanashi, Japan
- Contemporary Wood-Caved Netsuke, The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, Hanoi, Vietnam
- The Ubiquity of Borders: Japanese Contemporary, Gallery Baton, Seoul, South Korea

2017
- The Riddle of Art: Takahashi Collection, Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan
- Japanorama. New vision on art since 1970, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, France
- THE ART SHOW – Art of the New Millennium in Taguchi Art Collection, The Museum of Modern Art Gunma, Gunma, Japan
- GLOBAL NEW ART – The Essence of Taguchi Art Collection, Woodone Museum of Art, Hiroshima, Japan
- ART VACANCES, Kagoshima Islands, Kagoshima, Japan
- TAKAHASHI COLLECTION – Mindfulness 2017, Yamagata Museum, Yamagata, Japan
- PLAY, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan
- TAKAHASHI COLLECTION, Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Kumamoto, Japan
- Spring Fever, Komagome SOKO, Tokyo, Japan

2016
- Living in Figures – Izumi Kato x Chen Fei, Nizayama Art Park Power Plant Museum, Toyama, Japan
- Traces of a Dream – Selections of the Hara Museum Collection, Hara Museum ARC, Gunma, Japan
- ART VACANCES – Izumi Kato, Paramodel, Mrs. Yuki, Gallery Hiramine, Kagoshima, Japan
- TAKAHASHI COLLECTION, Kanaz Forest of Creation, Fukui, Japan
- It’s Our Permanent Collection! , Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
- THE COLLECTION OF THE TAKAMATSU ART MUSEUM EXHIBITION CELEBRATING THE MUSEUM’S REOPENING A CONCISE GUIDE TO LIFE WITH JAPANESE CONTEMPORARY ART, Takamatsu Art Museum, Kagawa, Japan
- S-HOUSE Museum Project, S-HOUSE Museum, Okayama, Japan

2015
- STANCE or DISTANCE ? − Connecting Myself to the World, Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto, Kumamoto, Japan
- COSMOS/INTIME La Collection Takahashi, Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris, Paris, France
- Messages – Takahashi Collection, Towada Art Center, Aomori, Japan
- TAKAHASHI COLLECTION : Mirror Neuron, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
- Taguchi Art Collection − A Walk around the Contemporary Art World after Paradigm Shift, The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, Gifu, Japan

2014
- Red Bull Music Academy Tokyo 2014, Red Bull Music Academy, Tokyo, Japan
- Rokko Meets Art 2014, Mount Rokko National Park, Hyogo, Japan
- Twentieth Anniversary Special MOT Collection: Contacts, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
- Taguchi Art Collection : TAG−TEN, Matsumoto City Museum Of Art, Nagano, Japan
- Mindfulness! – TAKAHASHI COLLECTION 2014, Nagoya City Art Museum, Aichi, Japan

2013
- Traveling Art in Mimasaka Province, Shurakuen Garden, Okayama, Japan
- Visceral Sensation – Voices So Far, So Near, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan
- Wonderful My Art – Artists of the Takahashi Collection, Kawaguchiko Museum of Art, Yamanashi, Japan
- Re:Quest – Japanese Contemporary Art since the 1970s, Museum of Art, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
- MISUGOSHITEKITAMONO, sendai mediatheque, Miyagi, Japan

2012
- Parallel Far East Worlds, A4 Contemporary Arts Center, Chengdu, China
- Rokko Meets Art 2012, Mount Rokko National Park, Hyogo, Japan
- The 35th Anniversary of the National Museum of Art, Osaka: the Allure of the Collection, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Osaka, Japan
- Double Vision: Contemporary Art from Japan, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia; Haifa Museum of Art, Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, Haifa, Israel

2011
- Pathos and Small Narratives − Japanese Contemporary Art, Gana Art Center, Seoul, Korea
- JALAPAGOS, MITSUBISHI ESTATE ARTIUM, Fukuoka, Japan
- MOT Collection Silent narrator: on plural stories, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
- Taguchi Art Collection − Global New Art, Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
- The Most Requested Top 30 / 10 Years of Takahashi Collection, Takahashi Collection Hinode; TABLOID GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan
- Be Alive! – Selections from the Hara Museum Collection, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
- Art in an Office, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan

2010
- Living With Art – Contemporary Art From Japan and Taiwan, Yi&C Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan, China
- New Kore Shizuoka – New and Previous Collections and Art Closely Connected to Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan
- Fifth Anniversary Exhibition: Garden of Painting – Japanese Art of the 00s, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Osaka, Japan

2009
- Being Seeing Feeling – Selections from the Hara Museum Collection, Hara Museum ARC, Gunma, Japan
- Dorodoro, Doron – The Uncanny World in Folk and Contemporary Art in Asia, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
- Long Season, Michael Ku Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan, China
- TOYOTA ART COLLECTION 2008, Kuragaike Art Salon, Toyota Kuragaike Commemorative Hall, Aichi, Japan

2008
- Forwards 08 – Daimler Awards for Contemporary Art in Germany, Japan, South Africa and USA, Daimler Contemporary Berlin, Berlin, Germany
- Kankai Pavilion Opening Exhibition – Beyond Time, Beyond Space, Hara Museum ARC, Gunma, Japan
- neoteny japan – From TAKAHASHI Collection, Kirishima Open-Air Museum, Kagoshima; Sapporo Art Museum, Hokkaido; The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo; The Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Niigata; Akita Museum of Modern Art, Akita; Yonago City Museum of Art, Tottori; The Museum of Art, Ehime, Ehime, Japan [–’10]
- Art Scope 2007/2008 – Faces of Existence, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
- Selections from the Hara Museum’s Permanent Collection, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

2007
- Venice Biennale 52nd International Art Exhibition Think with the Senses – Feel with the Mind. Art in the Present Tense curated by Robert Storr, Italian Pavilion at Giardini, Venice, Italy
- Painting as Forest: Artist as Thinker, Okazaki Mindscape Museum, Aichi, Japan
- MOT Annual 2007 – From a World as Large as Life, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

2006
- The Child, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan

2005
- GLOBAL PLAYERS – Deutsche und japanische Kunst der Gegenwart, BankART1929, Yokohama, Japan; Ludwig Forum Aachen, Aachen, Germany [’06]
- Little Boy: The Arts of Japan’s Exploding Subculture, Japan Society, New York, USA
- Izumi KATO, Junya SATO, Yuken TERUYA, 14-1 Galerie, Stuttgart, Germany

2004
- Galleria Enrico Astuni, Pietrasanta, Italy
- lonely planet, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan
- Body, Galerie Robert Drees, Hannover, Germany

2003
- ZONE – Clairvoyants in this threatening age, Fuchu Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
- The 1st Magical Art Exhibition ‘Magic Room’, PROJECT ROOM, Tokyo, Japan

2002
- Pro Tsubo, Theodor-Zink-Museum, Kaiserslautern, Germany; Neue Galerie Landshut, Germany [’04]
- VOCA 2002, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan

2000
- Four Emerging Artists, Theatres des SENS, Tokyo, Japan

1997
- ‘Bi’ and ‘Jutsu’ , Ai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

public collections

- The Franks-Suss Collection, London, U.K.
- Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
- Long Museum, Shanghai, China
- Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
- The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama, Kanagawa, Japan
- The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Osaka, Japan
- The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
- Okazaki Mindscape Museum, Aichi, Japan
- The Pigozzi Collection, Geneva, Switzerland
- Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing, China
- S-HOUSE Museum, Okayama, Japan
- Taguchi Art Collection, Tokyo, Japan
- Takahashi Collection, Tokyo, Japan
- Takamatsu Art Museum, Kagawa, Japan
- Toyota Motor Corporation, Aichi, Japan
- Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan
- Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka, Japan
- 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan
 

Publications

2019
- IZUMI KATO – DRAWINGS & PAPER WORKS, Potziland Records, Tokyo, Japan

2016
- Living in Figures - Izumi Kato x Chen Fei, Perrotin, Hong Kong, China

2014
- Izumi Kato: Soft Vinyl Sculptures, Izumi Kato Studio, Tokyo, Japan

2012
- IZUMI KATO EXHIBITION−SOUL UNION DELUXE, Izumi Kato Exhibition Committee, Tokyo, Japan

2011
- Izumi Kato: Paintings and Sculptures, Seigensha Art Publishing, Inc., Kyoto, Japan
- Izumi Kato − Soft Vinyl Sculptures, Izumi Kato / Linden, Tokyo, Japan

2010
- KATO Izumi − Journeying into Each Day, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Kanagawa, Japan

2005
- Izumi Kato, Edizioni Galleria Astuni, Pietrasanta, Italy

Izumi Kato - Porte-clef (jaune)

Izumi Kato - Porte-clef (jaune)

Izumi Kato

11,67 €

Izumi Kato - Drawings & Paper Works

Izumi Kato - Drawings & Paper Works

Monographies et livres d'artiste

85,12 €

Izumi Kato - Porte-clef (vert)

Izumi Kato - Porte-clef (vert)

Izumi Kato

11,67 €

Izumi Kato x Chen Fei - Living in figures

Izumi Kato x Chen Fei - Living in figures

Catalogues d'exposition

23,70 €

Izumi Kato - New Surf (45T single record)

Izumi Kato - New Surf (45T single record)

Disque

20,50 €

Izumi Kato - Untitled N24

Izumi Kato

2 000,00 €