Natsuko Tanihara

Born in 1989, Saitama Prefecture. She graduated with a major in Oil Painting from the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the Kyoto City University of Arts in 2016. She received her Doctorate from the same university in 2021. In 2015, she received the 7th Koji Kinutani Award and the Kyoto City Museum of Art Award. In 2016, she received the VOCA Shoreisho (second place prize). Tanihara’s fundamental mediums are oil and acrylic paint, but she also uses glitter, sequin and metal powders and black and red velvet as her support. She depicts, “the beauty in the confluence of negative personal memories and the darkness of humanity.” She received the Gotoh Memorial Culture Newcomer Award in 2017 and from the fall of 2017 to the fall of 2018 she spent one year abroad in Paris on a research grant from the Gotoh Memorial Culture Foundation, a division of the Tokyu Foundation. She is currently based in the Kansai area and continues to paint.


Oct. 15 – Nov. 10, 2019

“An Artist of the Floating World”
May. 25 – Jun. 6, 2021
“A Castle on the Paper”
May. 25 – Jun. 20, 2021

” Behold, This Beautiful World”
Dec. 3 – 25, 2022


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