(Born in Kumamoto, 1983. Lives and works in Tokyo)
Natsuko Sakamoto graduated from Aichi University of the Arts and Music, Graduate School of Fine Arts, doctoral course in Fine Arts, in 2012. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions such as “Garden of Painting: Japanese Art of the 00s”, the National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan (2010); “ART as MAGIC —Visionary artists there inner supernatural world”, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art (2012); “DER STURM”, Nagoya Citizen's Gallery Yada, Aichi, Japan (2013); “The Best Selection of the Ohara Museum of Art”, the National Art Center, Tokyo (2016). In 2013, Sakamoto had a solo exhibition titled, “ARKO 2013 Natsuko SAKAMOTO”, Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan, which held at the end of a three-month residency. She is a young artist expected to continue flourishing in her career.
Sakamoto's paintings create strong impressions. Her unique use of colors enforces a particularly distorted sense of space and world-view, of girls who seem to be living in a perpetual strange theater. Since 2012 she's taken a step back away from the narratively formerly resident in her paintings, and transformed towards expressions which foreground the act of painting and her abiding concern: spatial qualities unique to painting. Perhaps it is the repetition of the act of painting itself, and an experiment to challenge the beauty and power of the practice of painting as a universal domain.
- Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan
- Aichi University of the Arts, Aichi, Japan
- Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited, Tokyo, Japan
- National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
- Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan
- Takahashi Collection
- Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan
“The Riddle of Art: Takahashi Collection”
December 23, 2017 - February 28, 2018
Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan
Practice workshop by "The Riddle of Art: Takahashi Collection" exhibitors.
"It's X'mas! Trial session of Parplume University"
Lecturer: Yoichi Umetsu
December 23 (Sat) - 24 (Sun) 10:00 - 16:00
Practice room, Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan
Three of her paintings are exhibiting at "Collection - Contemporary Landscapes" in the National Museum of Art.
"Collection - Contemporary Landscapes"
July 18 - October 15, 2017
B2F The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
"Japanese Contemporary Art is here!
TAKAHASHI COLLECTION 2017 mindfulness!"
July 22 - August 27, 2017
Yamagata Art Museum, Yamagata, Japan
Natsunosuke MISE × Yoichi UMETSU
"Tohokuga and Parplume - About concept image -" make-up class
A host: Yohei KUROSE (Artist・Art critic)
August 12 (Sat), 2017 14:00 - 16:00
Hall Level 3
Parplume University and Yoichi Umetsu
June 1 - 18, 2017
WATARI-UM, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
"Opening Ceremony of the Parplume University"
18:00 -19:30 June 1, 2017
Panelists: UMETSU Yoichi, KUROSE Yohei, KOZUMA Sekai, SAITO Keita
April 8 - June 11, 2017
Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto, Kumamoto, Japan
Natsuko SAKAMOTO "Painting talk"
14:00 - 15:30 April 8 (Sat), 2017
She will be participating in artist talk at current CRANACH exhibition in the National Museum of Art, Osaka.
"LUCAS CRANACH THE ELDER 500 Years of the Power of Temptation"
14:00 - 15:30 March 25 (Sat), 2017
B1F The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
"50th Anniversary Exhibition
Arts Begin From Forest"
September 3 - 24, 2016
Aichi University of Arts, Aichi, Japan
"Welcome to The Parpltown"
July 10 - 19, 2016
Parplume Preparatory School, Jellified Parplume Container, Parplume Hut Observatory,