Winter Group Shows 2018

Winter Group Shows 2018

Onishi Project is proud to present three winter group shows featuring international contemporary artists.

Group Show I

Group Show II

Group Show III


Date: February 13 – February 24, 2018
Opening: Thursday, February 15, 6-8pm
Location: Onishi Gallery, 521 W 26th Street, New York, NY 10001
Gallery Hours: TuesdaySaturday, 11am-6pm

The third show, Group III, will be hosted from February 13 – 24, 2018. This group features: Dejan Bogdanovic, Hideto Imai, and Manuel Morquecho.

Dejan Bogdanovic was born in 1963 in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Currently lives and works in Florence since 2011. After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo in 1988, he won a prestigious scholarship at the Studio Arts Centers International (SACI) in Florence in 1990-91. After he experienced war in his country, this blocked his creativity. In 2001, he found and ran a fusion restaurant, which was a usual meeting place for artists. This inspired Dejan to return to painting.

Hideto Imai was born in 1968 in Ise City, Japan, where he currently lives and works. He graduated from Tokyo Designer Technical School in Nagoya City where he studied graphic design. Imai’s works are inspired by the ongoing and ephemeral relationships in his life. He creates bold abstract paintings with striking color and scale to reflect his experiences. “The color gold reflects light”, says Imai, and he crumples and folds the papers in his paintings to benefit from that natural effect. Using techniques of perspective drawing and paper molding, he locates his creative tradition in Japanese culture.

Manuel Morquecho was born in Mexico and currently lives in Washington, D.C. He made the jump to digital photography in 2009. He studied at La Fototeca in Guatemala City and Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts in Washington DC where he currently resides. His main body of work focuses on exploring the urban landscape, the integration of the face and body into fine art, and fashion photography. Manuel joined the IMF-World Bank International Photographic Society (IPS) in 2013 and was rookie of the year in the 2013-14 season and Photographer of the Year in 2015-16.


Date: January 18 – January 31, 2018
Opening: Thursday, January 18, 6-8pm
Location: Onishi Gallery, 521 W 26th Street, New York, NY 10001
Gallery Hours: TuesdaySaturday, 11am-6pm

The second show, Group II, will be hosted from January 18th – 31st, 2018. This group features: Adama Coulibaly, Chris Namaizawa, Barbie Stattman, Hiroshi Aoki,  James Watts, Silke Natschke and Hisato Fukumoto.

Hiroshi Aoki born in 1976, grew up in Tottori, Japan. In 2002, he started as a freelance photographer. Aoki captures elements of human despair, dignity, suffering, hope, as well as subjects defining human rights and conflicts of recent history. He believes it is a necessity to tell the stories of those who think they are powerless and cannot. He believes that his work can change the world. His photos have been exhibited in various venues including museums, galleries and photo festivals. He continues to capture the stories that touch him.

Chris Namaizawa lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. He graduated from Chuo University and earned his BA in Business Administration in 2006. He then launched his apparel brand ‘Theater8’ in the same year. He went on to exhibit ‘Theater8’ in ‘Paris Collection’ in France in 2008 and started his career as an artist in 2012.

Hisato Fukumoto was born in 1962 in Osaka, Japan. Hisato is an MFA graduate from Osaka University of Arts in 1985. “Much of my inspiration for this expressive body of work comes from the beauty of nature. I continue to create abstract expressions based on my memories of impressive colors found in our living world. The pictures display geometric composition, and the presence of colors is emphasized more than that of shapes. The technique used to create these pictures involves drawing with Japanese ink and pastels on an acrylic undercoating. This method generates a sense of placing colors rather than merely painting them on.”

Adama Coulibaly born in 1995 in Katiola city, Cote D’Ivoire, now lives and works in New York City. “The path out of darkness is light, and mine is lit with color. I find comfort in vibrancy, and I crave the control found in geometric order. The contrast within my art is representative of a split in my life; difficult childhood years are the base layer of support for my more recent, positive experiences. The positive experiences only manifested after I found an outlet through creativity. My art is an autobiography. I hope it tells my story, but more importantly, that it brings a sense of calm to the viewer, like the process of creating it does for me.”

Barbie Stattman is an illustrator based in Seattle, Washington. Considerably inspired by animation, Stattman uses her line work and color to suggest movement in still images. She expresses her love of visual storytelling by marrying her fascination of folklore and surrealism into organic, decorative compositions.

James Watts is a San Francisco-based sculptor, painter and photographer. Inspired by the mysteries of the internal and external landscapes within and around us. His award-winning work has been shown in over fifty solo and group shows nationally and abroad.

Silke Natschke was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1971. She graduated from Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt with a master in American Literature and Culture, Philosophy and Political Science. That still provides the inexhaustible source of her inspiration as an artist. Philosophical and literary themes are constantly to be found in her work and feed her curiosity needed to venture into experimenting with different materials.


Date: January 4 – January 17, 2018
Opening: Thursday, January 4, 6-8pm
Location: Onishi Gallery, 521 W 26th Street, New York, NY 10001
Gallery Hours: TuesdaySaturday, 11am-6pm

The first show, Group I, will be hosted from January 4th to January 17th, 2018. This group features: Angeline Payne, Bruno Levy Truffert, Taka Horii, Kimihiro Koike,  Sheetal Shaw, Miho Murakami, Tomoya Takeshita and Tatiana Rivero Sanz.

Taka Horii was born in 1965, Nara, Japan. He graduated from Tama Art University, then learned about many types of paper while working at a sales agency dealing in fancy paper and Japanese paper products. In 2015, he started studying Japanese traditional paper and also began his career as an artist using modern art sumi (black ink) and washi Japanese paper. His artworks are made using a combination of these traditional materials and acrylic which has excellent durability.

Kimihiro Koike was born in 1943 in Gunma, Japan. He has been producing photographic artworks for many years. The concept for his artworks is a combination of Japanese traditional art and 21st century techniques. He uses typical Japanese scenes and then expresses them by editing using modern technology.

Miho Murakami is an oil painting artist born in 1946, in Kobe City, Hyogo, who has been studying the basics from age 10. After graduating from art school, she chose to develop her own unique style, rather than join an established painting school. After experiencing the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995, the symbol of the “Heart” became her theme. The recurring concept in her artworks depict apples which expresses life. She paints them with a feeling of elevation, with fire and power using vivid reds and complimentary greens to enhance the effect.

Tomoya Takeshita born in Osaka, Japan in June 1982, learned photography on his own, after holding a group art exhibition in Osaka in 2000 as an amateur, then moved to Tokyo to start his professional career in 2005.He has created many photographs and video works together with a number of artists in Japan and overseas including a world renowned trumpeter, Terumasa Hino. Tomoya is enthusiastic in creating theme-based art works with various artists such as a leading Flamenco dancer, Mayumi Kagita (Arte y Solera), and Miho Tsurutani, the first Japanese to became a member of the English National Ballet.

Angeline Payne Canadian West Coast Contemporary artist’s educational art studies at the Toronto School of Art, University of Alberta, Lakehead University, Cariboo College and advanced private studies has taken her art academics through the realms of multi-medias, abstract, cubism and beautiful representational still life, landscapes, and seascapes. She states that “ Color and energy are my gurus – a constant challenge in my personal oasis…”

Bruno Levy Truffert was born in 1962 in Paris. He graduated from ESRA – Ecole Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle- (Audiovisual Production College) and from INALCO – National Institute of Languages, in Oriental Languages and Civilizations, the contemporary Khmer and Siamese Department. He has settled in Siem Reap, where he produces Angkorian works of art illustrating the past and the future simultaneously – Perspectives of monumental reconstructions – Angkorian Mandalas. He also teaches Khmer to expatriates and moderates conferences on Angkorian history, culture and art.

Sheetal Shaw is an American (Indian born) visual artist and designer working in clay, fiber, wood, metal and acrylics creating sculptures, modern objects, paintings interweaving personal narrative and cultural memory. Sheetal grew up in New Delhi and immigrated to the US in 1999. She has a BA from University of New Delhi and a BFA from Arizona State University.

Tatiana Rivero Sanz was born in Barcelona in 1969. She works as a multimedia artist in photography, painting, poems, sculptures, performance art, and short films. “I build a universe in my studio (through paint and sculptures) for my photo sessions. I create an experience for the model, sometimes I model too. The recording of those sessions becomes a short film. I tell stories both with words and with images.

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