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Toyoharu Miyazaki (1946 - )


Born in 1946 in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture. After graduating from Kanazawa College of Art with a degree in sculpture, he moved to Kobe, where he has since continued to produce and present his work mainly in the Kansai region. He is  known for using iron as a material to create singular three-dimensional works based on his own body and personal surroundings. In the late 1970s, he began producing sculptures made from iron under the title 'Body Models'. He attracted attention with works based on personal memories and sensations, such as incorporating the sizes of the artist's own various body parts and the environment and landscape that surrounds him.

In the late 1980s, he began the 'Garden Below' series, in which a deeper world of work emerged, transformed by a subjective sense of time and space.

In addition to an invited exhibition at "Art Now" at the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, he has exhibited abstract sculptures in Japan and abroad, mainly in solo shows. He uses iron as a material and uses familiar nature and plants as motifs, characterised by a treatment that does not make the viewer feel the coldness of iron as a material.

2001 "Sculpture <Drawing" by Isamu Wakabayashi, Michio Fukuoka and Toyoharu Miyazaki (Gallery Hosokawa/Osaka)

   Kanazawa City Museum of Contemporary Art Collection Exhibition (Kanazawa Citizen's Art Village/Kanazawa)

   Solo exhibition "Toyoharu Miyazaki - The Garden Under The Eyes" (National Museum of Art, Osaka)

   Solo exhibitions "Toyoharu Miyazaki 1980~2001 Sculpture & Drawing" (Gallery Tough/Kyoto).

   Solo exhibition (Gallery Hosokawa/Osaka)

2003 "Exploring the Possibilities of Metal - Works by Contemporary Artists" (Takaoka City Museum of Art / Toyama)

   Solo exhibition (Gallery Hosokawa / Osaka)

2004 Solo exhibition (Gallery TAF/Kyoto)

2006 Solo exhibition (Lisn Gallery/Kyoto)

2007 Solo exhibition (Lisn Gallery Aoyama/Tokyo)

2008 Solo exhibition Toyoharu Miyazaki Sculpture, Drawing, Photography (Gallery Hosokawa / Osaka)

2009 "The funny guys - Art of Kansai through Human Figures" (Tokushima Prefectural Museum of Modern Art)

   "From Home to Art Museum: The Tsuneko Tanaka Collection" (The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama)

2011 Solo exhibition "The Garden Below - A View" (Lisn Gallery).

2012 "The World of Image: Focusing on the Collection (Gallery NAO MASAKI, Nagoya) ART KYOTO 2012 (Hotel Montre Kyoto, Gallery TAF Room 522)

2013 "Borderline Collection Exhibition I & II" (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa) - 2014

2014 "Sculpture / sculpture / installation ‘80s‘ on a desert island (Kyoto University of Art and Design, Uryuyama Campus, Galerie Aube)

2015 Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art "IN MY ROOM ON THE ROAD - in my room or on the road -“

   "Super Kyoto", ART KYOTO 2015 (Art Fair Kyoto Culture Museum/ from Gallery TAF)

2017 Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art "Special Feature: Sculpture Grand Collection”

   ART OSAKA 2017 (Hotel Granvia OSAKA, Gallery Hosokawa Room 6012)

2018 "The Sense of the Book" (Gallery Flore, Kyoto Seika University)

   "New Wave: The Eighties in Contemporary Art" (The National Museum of Art, Osaka) - 2019

2019 "Solo exhibition Sculpture of Toyoharu Miyazaki walking-seeing-standing" (Fukuzumi Gallery, Osaka)

   "Stone Letter Project#3 Lithography Studio Site-specific Lithography" (Planning Lighter but Heavier, Kyoto Place/Kyoto)

2020 "Collection exhibition Scales" (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa) - 2021

   "Atelier exhibition and wooden work" (Miyazaki Atelier, salon de pink lotus)

2021 "Toyoharu Miyazaki Atelier Exhibition: Sculptor's work with paper and iron + a little bit of wood" (Miyazaki Atelier, Gallery Tough)

2022 "Seiyou no keshiki - Kisaragi: kajimari no keshiki - tea ceremony and exhibition" (Gallery Heptagon)

   "Solo exhibition Sculpture by Toyoharu Miyazaki” 1992-2022 layer (Fukuzumi Gallery)

<Public collections>

Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama; Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art; Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art

Kanazawa College of Art, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Tokushima Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, The National Museum of Art, Osaka

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