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Atsuko Yamagata/山形敦子

brief profile

Born 1982 in Sapporo City, Hokkaido, Japan. Lives and works in Manila, Philippines. Atsuko Yamagata has started her career as a visual artist since 2006 when she lived in Tokyo. She moved to Philippines in 2012 and her activities have expanded more and more in the art scene in Manila. She has been participating in numerous exhibitions mainly in Philippines , also in Japan, Indonesia and Singapore.

Yamagata is basically self-taught artist. She received B.A. Faculty of Foreign Studies in Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, especially she majored in Indonesian language as a part of cultural study of Southeast Asia.  After years, she entered Musashino Art University in Tokyo to study fine arts , and took some courses for a year  and dropped out. 

In recent years, she had many solo exhibitions and joined remarkable group exhibitions such as :  in 2020, “Do you hear it?” at Art Informal Gallery. In 2019 two women exhibition with Mervy Pueblo “Transcendental” at Cultural Center of the Philippines.  In 2018 ,”Remembrance” at Vinyl on Vinyl gallery,  “Uncontrolled Artificiality” at Finale Art File,  “Born Softly” at MO_Space, “Belongingness” at West Gallery. She had an another solo exhibition in her hometown Sapporo City in 2017, “made roots here” at  Hotel Nikko Sapporo. Also she was selected as a participant artist in Nakanojo Biennale 2017 and 2019 in Gunma Prefecture(Japan) ,  and did residence there to make artworks for the biennale. 

Artist Statement

Conversation  between place and identity is my subject matter. 

There is always nature and things derived from living being as an intermediary of it.   As a consequence,  materials related to the conversation is transformed into primitive and organic shape.  My exploration to the forms of biogenesis expands to study of animistic thought in some past project. And  it gets back to the matter of place and identity.  


In order to enhance the concept,  I utilize contingency and spontaneity while making artworks. Uncontrolled forms which organic materials make is the beginning of my process.


Eventually I pursue a form that  give sensory experience to audiences by reminding them to difference and/or common sense about place, culture, and living organism.

Introduced On Galleries Site







近年の代表的な展示に、2020年Art Informal Gallery での”Do you hear it?” , 2019年Cultural Center of the Philippines にてMervy Puebloとの二人展、”Transcendental”, 2018年Finale Art Fileにて”Uncontrolled Artificiality”, Vinyl on Vinyl galleryでの”Remenbrance”,  2017年Art Informal Galleryにて”Breathing, Breeding, Blowout” 等。





Yamagata has had many solo and group exhibitions in Philippines and expanded internationally. For example she selected and participated in Nakanojo Biennale in 2017 and 2019, and participated to some group shows in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.

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