Leiko Ikemura

Born 1951
Hometown Tsu, Mie Prefecture, Japan
Lives and Works Berlin and Cologne, Germany
Scuela Superior de Bellas Artes de Santa Isabel de Hungaria, Sevilla, Spain, 1978
University of Osaka from in Osaka, Japan, 1972

Leiko Ikemura Gallery Art

Polígrafa Obra Gráfica, Barcelona, Spain

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria

Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Switzerland

Erzbischöflichen Kunstmuseum KOLUMBA, Cologne, Germany

Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany

National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein, Vaduz, Lichtenstein

Leiko Ikemura is a Japanese-Swiss painter and sculptor. In the 1990’s, the female figure crystallized as the main focus of her work. Trees and faces have come to be her key subjects, chosen as metaphoric symbols of human fragility. By using almost transparent materials—very diluted paint and varnish—she stresses incorporeality. Frequent use of the color red, considered by the artist as the representation of life and passion, accentuates the allegorical nature of the forms present in her drawings and paintings. Ikemura’s faces, with minimized traits, transmit vulnerability and helplessness. In her works, the limits between the real and the spiritual world blur until they disappear, leaving behind some connotations of a cultural and territorial loss.

She has had solo exhibitions at Bonner Kunstverein, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Langen Foundation in Neuss, Tokyo’s National Museum of Modern Art, Kolumba Museum in Cologne, Museum für Asiatische Kunst in Berlin, and Staatliche Kunsthalle in Karlsruhe.

Courtesy of Polígrafa Obra Gráfica

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