brief profile

Born 1982 in Sapporo City, Hokkaido, Japan. Lives and works in Manila, Philippines and Japan. 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 2021, "attachment | distance" and in 2020, “Do you hear it?” both at Artinformal 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

Painting transmutes forms and shapes into living creatures that articulate ideas drawn from animism, biogenesis or structure of living organisms, which are dominant influences in my works.

I explore understanding the particularities of life or its relativity with human emotion through scientific images such as microscopic images of cells and microorganisms. 

In my art-making process, the flow of glue organically dictates the shape and form of fragments in my works as I submit my mastery of the skill in allowing natural elements such as air and water to intervene and to begin the composition of the work. I select and decide the colors to be used, which in turn define these representations. 

As in the process of dyeing handmade papers, I can plan the streaks but cannot control the result ; hence, they become perfectly imperfect.

The element of uncontrollability is regarded as an important part in my art-making.

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近年の代表的な展示に、2021年群馬県高崎市のビエントアーツギャラリーにて「かわいい かわいい 細胞たち」、2021年Artinformal Gallery(フィリピン) での”attachment | distance”、2020年同じくArtinformal Gallery での”Do you hear it?” , 2019年Cultural Center of the Philippines(フィリピン文化センター) にてMervy Puebloとの二人展である”Transcendental”, 2018年Finale Art File(フィリピン)にて”Uncontrolled Artificiality”, Vinyl on Vinyl galleryでの”Remembrance”等。










Recent exhibitions : 

11.6. 2021 – 12. 6. 2021

“かわいい かわいい 細胞たち” lovable adorable cells

Viento Arts Gallery , Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture, Japan

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