Erik Swars was born 1988 in Leipzig, Germany. He studied under Jochen Plogsties in Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle and graduated in 2016. He also studied from O JUN in Tokyo National University of the Arts from 2013 March until 2014 February. He now works in Spinnerei Leipzig, a former spinning factory now known as a source of contemporary art.
While continuing the genealogy of the new Leipzig school represented by Neo Rauch, Swars began oil painting with innovative ideas, along with a wide variety of works including prints and sculptures. He creates dynamic, semi-abstract paintings with concepts of “the past, present, and future self”, “the relationship between the authority of State and government and individuals,” or “the connection between nature and humanity.”
- "ICH" published by matchbaco, 2015
- "Adyton" published by matchbaco, 2014
Born 1988 in Yamanashi prefecture. Lives and works in Tokyo.
2011 B.F.A. in Art Management at University of Yamanashi.
Kuta Takashima received an Honorable Mention Award in Canon New Cosmos of Photography in 2012, and in 2016 at the same award he got an Excellence Award (Selected by Hiraki Sawa).
Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts has selected Takashima’s works as part of its “Young Portfolio” in 2014 and in 2016.
- "Zawatsuki" published by matchbaco, 2014
Born 1980 in Osaka. Matsushita obtained a B.F.A in oil painting from Kyoto City University of the Arts in 2004. Lives in Tokyo.
Her solo show has been held twice at our gallery, “MARIKO” in October 2015 and “id” in October 2016.
She confronts with human “Sex” and “Death”. Primarily paintings, her works has a touch of fleshy carnal existence and a unique sense of colors.
Matsushita received Grand Prize for "2nd CAFAA" Award in 2016, organized by the Contemporary Art Foundation.
- July - September, 2017: Delfina Foundation, London
- "MARIKO" published by matchbaco, 2015
- pays des fees, 2017
- Acha Tyumu, 2017
- "The Window of Arts" February Issue (Japan), 2017
- "ART iT" (Japan), 2016
- "Bijyutsutecho" December Issue (Japan), 2016
- "CINRA.NET" (Japan), 2016
- "TOKYODANDY" (Japan), 2015
- "PURPLE DIARY" (France), 2015
- "THE FASHION POST" (Japan), 2015
- "bombmagazine" (U.S.A), 2014
- "Illustration File 2014" (Japan), 2014
- "+DESIGNING" (Japan), 2013
Sabrina Horak, who grew up in between the cultures of Japan and Austria, creates mandala-like partially three dimensional compositions, through which she explores the relationship between the man-made “utopia” that arise from urban life, and the people who live within these artificial constructs.
Separated human limbs are reconstructed into an unfamiliar form, in which Horak carefully cuts out from wood. In addition, She applies luminescent colours that make the overall form look as if it is a floating organ.
Born 1983 in Austria. Lives and works in Tokyo.
2007 MFA Painting class w/ Hubert Schmalix and Amelie von Wulffen, Academy of fine arts Vienna.
2014- Doctoral Course Oil Painting at Tokyo University of Arts.
Born 1987, in Yamaguchi. Lives and works in Tokyo.
Graduated Oita University in 2010.
Born in 1968. Works in Tokyo, Paris and New York.
Hirano grew up under the influence French culture – Jean Cocteau, “Le Petit Prince”
At his age 24 he moved into France, and then in 1995 his drawings were featured in Le Monde. Since
then he started to work with LANCÔME, Cartier, CELINE, BADOIT, LE MONDE, FIGARO, VOGUE in France, and with Shiseido, shu uemura,
ISSEY MIYAKE in Japan. His works and designs were featured on the product packages.
Since 2007 he has been based in Tokyo. Since the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of March11, 2011, he has been
focusing on “Visualizing imaginary things between dreams and imagination, a new human morality and reality”