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書作家、現代美術家小林 勇輝YUUKI KOBAYASHI

6歳より書をはじめ、2005年、詩と書と造形が一体化した「象詩書」を創造し、作家活動を開始。これまでに国内外で40回以上の個展を開催。2016年、G7伊勢志摩サミット配偶者PGのカップ&ソーサーのデザインに作品が選ばれ、デザインを手がける。2017年、NYのアートフェア「SCOPE NEW YORK」内で個展を開き高評価を得る。2018年にはフランス・パリを中心に、欧州各国を巡回する日仏政府オーガナイズのジャポニズム2018関連事業「Festival AREThe」に参加。2019年には日本・ポーランド国交100周年記念展に参加し、ドイツ・ベルリンでは個展を開催した。毎日書道展2年連続「毎日賞」受賞など。
Kobayashi started to practice Shodō at the age of six, and in 2005 he created "Zou Shisho," which combines poetry, calligraphy, and painting, and started his career as an artist.
He has held more than 40 solo exhibitions in Japan and abroad, and in 2016, his work was selected as the design for the cups and saucers for the G7 Ise-Shima Summit Spouses Program.
In 2017, Kobayashi held a highly acclaimed solo exhibition at the New York art fair called Scope New York. In 2018, he participated in the Japonism 2018 "Festival AREThe" organized by the French and Japanese governments, which travels to Paris, France, and other European countries.
In 2019, he participated in the exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Poland, and held a solo exhibition in Berlin, Germany.
He has received the" Mainichi Prize" at the Mainichi Shodō Exhibition for two consecutive years.

YUUKI KOBAYASHI

Yuuki Kobayashi is an artist, poet, and “Sho-ka” who creates and shares works of art that bestow the very power of life and shake the soul. Kobayashi’s art is unique in its fusion of poetry, calligraphy, and image.

Calling his work as "Hieroglyphic Poems”, Kobayashi is committed to continually evolving in his aim to go beyond the traditional forms while staying rooted in the ancient heritage of the traditional art form of Japanese calligraphy “Sho”. As an artist and a human being, he is continually seeking to discover new and deeper potentialities of art and words, expressed in calligraphy and life. His works reflect and are highly relevant to the current era of humanity.

Born in Saga City, Japan in the year 1980, he began his practice in traditional Japanese calligraphy when he was six years old. It was in 2005 that he had the breakthrough of uniting word and image through the medium of calligraphy. One day, upon accidentally writing a poem that looked like the wing of a bird on the page, his idea for hieroglyphic poems was born. All together, they comprise the trinity of his hieroglyphic poems that express the soul. The three aspects of the trinity being: poetry, calligraphy, and image.

The power and inspiration of Kobayashi’s work for the world today is evidenced in the many ways that his art has been able to touch people and inspire humanity to rise to our better nature even as the chaotic modern world is threatening to break us apart. In 2011, after the Fukushima earthquake, Nagoya City asked him to perform a live painting event in Nagoya Castle for the mourning yet cheering people who were victimized by the earthquake.

In 2016, his art was featured at the 42nd G7 summit held in Japan. Kobayashi's art adorned the teacups and saucers for the gathered leaders of the world's most powerful and influential countries. For this occasion, he designed an image of an origami crane composed of Japanese calligraphic letters. This represented a pray for peace saying “Peace and happiness for all”.

Kobayashi has been the subject of features in major Japanese media outlets such as Asahi and Chunichi. His work has been selected to appear in the Mainichi Calligraphy exhibition the past eight years in a row, and he has been invited to exhibit his work in the show "Art In Nagahama" in Shiga prefecture a total of six times. He has also won accolades at the International Hand-Written Character Art Exhibition. And in 2014, at the Meiji Village Museum, Kobayashi had the honor of performing a live calligraphy drawing celebrating the New Year at The Imperial Hotel, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

The debut of his exhibition “Crystal Verse” was in 2010, and he has continued to exhibit it in more than 20 galleries and events throughout Japan. In the summer of 2016, Kobayashi debuted Crystal Verse for the first time outside of Japan, at the Ashok Jain Gallery on the Lower East Side. His unique fusion of ancient and modern art was well-received in New York, with local media coverage and much interest in his paintings.

In 2017 he again traveled to New York City to participate in the world-famous Armory Week held in Chelsea, Manhattan. His work was displayed along with many of the best international artists in the world at the SCOPE International Contemporary Art Show. His work was a major star of the show, and many were amazed at Kobayashi’s unique skill in taking an ancient art form and transforming it into a modern context. He was also invited to present his exhibition at Ashok Jain Gallery in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the same year.

In 2017, Kobayashi won the “Mainichi Award” at the Mainichi Shodo Exhibition in the Department of Modern Poetry section. The Mainichi Shodo Exhibition is the largest Shodo exhibit in Japan.

In 2018, Kobayashi again won the “Mainichi Award“ for the second year in a row and his “Crystal Verse” exhibition was exhibited in the Ise Modern Art Museum in one of Japan’s most historic ancient cities, Ise.

Also in 2018, Kobayashi participated in “Festival AREThe”, a French-Japanese government-organized festival of Japonisme that was centered in Paris and also moved to other European countries such as the UK, Italy, and Switzerland. He also participated in the “Affordable Art Fair” in Amsterdam.

In 2019, Kobayashi participated in the "100th Anniversary of Japan-Poland Diplomatic Relations" exhibition in Poland and a solo exhibition was held at "Subject Object Gallery" in Berlin, Germany. Additionally, a solo exhibition of "Crystal Verse" and a live art exhibition was held at Todaiji Temple in Nara, Japan.

With the worldwide events of 2020, Kobayashi has scaled back his lives shows to spend more time with his young son, tend to his vegetable garden, and create new works to be shared with the world when the time is right.

  • 2020 ・ニューヨークのAshok Jain Gallery、artd4内で3D ヴァーチャル個展。
  • 2019 ・ポーランドにて「日本ポーランド国交100周年記念展」に参加。ポズナン、スチェチン巡回。
    ・ドイツ、ベルリン「subject object ギャラリー」にて個展。
    ・奈良 東大寺にて個展「言葉の結晶展」とLIVE揮毫。
  • 2018 ・毎日書道展 2年連続「毎日賞」受賞。
    ・伊勢現代美術館 企画展「小林勇輝展 言葉の結晶」を3ヶ月に渡り開催。
    ・日仏政府のオーガナイズするジャポニズム2018の参加企画としてフランス・パリを中心に、イギリス、イタリア、スイスなど欧州各国を巡回するFestival ARETheに参加。
    ・オランダ・アムステルダムで開催のAffordable Art Fair Amsterdam 2018へ参加 (北井企画 日本美術の輸出展)。
  • 2017 ・ニューヨークのアートフェア、「SCOPE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ART SHOW」 へ個展参加。
    ・毎日書道展 「毎日賞」受賞。
    ・ニューヨークのロウアーイーストサイド Ashok Jain Galleryにて個展(New York Art Wave Project)。
  • 2016 ・G7伊勢志摩サミットの公式プログラムにて、自身の作品をもとに制作されたカップ&ソーサーが使用される。
    ・ニューヨークにて個展“Crystal Verse”を開催。
  • 2014 ・博物館明治村より依頼を受け、館内の旧帝国ホテル中央玄関にてLIVE揮毫と、旧三重県庁舎にて個展「言葉の結晶展」を開催。
  • 2011 ・名古屋市からの依頼により、名古屋城にて東日本大震災追悼と応援のための書のアートライブを開催。
    ・滋賀県 アートインナガハマ招聘 被災地応援LIVE揮毫。
  • 2010 ・個展「言葉の結晶展」を開催。
    ・全国の小学校で医師の日野原重明先生のDVDを使い、子どもたちにいのちの大切さを伝える、エフ・フィールド「十歳のきみへ『いのちの授業』のシンボルアート制作。http://www.ffield.jp/
  • 2008 ・毎日書道展入選(以後連続入選)。
    ・単身渡米し、ニューヨークにて作品展示。
    ・国際手書き文字アート展受賞。
  • 2005 ・墨で書いた詩が偶然“翼”の形になったことをきっかけに、創作活動を開始。
    ・自作の詩と書と造形が三位一体となって魂を表現する『象詩書』を創造する。
  • 1980 ・佐賀県生まれ、六歳より書に親しむ。

    Major Exhibition

  • 2020 ・Yuuki Kobayashi Crystal Verse ~Mirroed Waves~ (3D virtual) Ashok Jain Gallery ARTd4(NY)
  • 2019 ・Yuukikobayashi Crystal Verse Todaiji Temple (Nara, Japan)
    ・Yuukikobayashi Crystal Verse subject object gallery (Berlin)
    ・Japanese-Polish Exihibition of Contemporary Art 100-th Anniversary of Japanese-Polish Diplomatic Relations (Group Exhibition) (poznan, Szczecin, Poland)
  • 2018 ・Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam (Group Exhibition) (Amsterdam)
    ・Japonism 2018 Festival AREThe (Group Exhibition) (Paris, UK, Italy, Switzerland)
    ・Yuuki Kobayashi Crystal Verse Contemporary Art Museum ISE (Mie, Japan)
    ・Yuuki Kobayashi Crystale Verse Zuigan-temple [National important cultural property] (Himeji, Japan)
  • 2017 ・Yuuki Kobayashi Crystale Verse Gero Onsen-temple (Gero, Japan)
    ・Yuuki Kobayashi Crystale Verse ~Tobikura~ Shigisan Tyogosonsi-temple (Nara, Japan)
    ・Yuuki Kobayashi Crystal Verse ~Release~ New York Art Wave Project / Ashok Jain Gallery (Lower East Side, NY)
    ・SCOPE NY Yuuki Kobayashi ~A Pillar Where the Soul Arises~ NYAWP(SCOPE International Contemporary Art Show, Chelsea, NY)
  • 2016 ・Yuuki Kobayashi Crystal Verse ~Arise~ NYAWP / Ashok Jain Gallery (Lower East Side, NY)
  • 2015 ・Yuuki Kobayashi Exhibition Ms Gallery 12ban-cho (Wakayama, Japan)
    ・Yuuki Kobayashi Crystale Verse Tozanso (Nagoya, Japan)
  • 2014 ・Yuuki Kobayashi Crystal Verse ~New Year Planning~ THE MUSEUM MEIJI-MURA (Aichi, Japan)
    ・Yuuki Kobayashi Crystal Verse Saga City History and Folklore Museum (Saga, Japan)
  • 2013 ・Yuuki Kobayashi Crystal Verse ~While We are a Whale~ Art Space Siraya (Tokyo, Japan)
  • 2012 ・Yuuki Kobayashi Crystal Verse ~Towards Harmony~ Yuhokan (Takayama, Japan)
  • Awards

  • 2018 ・The Mainichi Shodo Exhibition The Mainichi Award
  • 2017 ・The Mainichi Shodo Exhibition The Mainichi Award
  • 2008 ・The International Hand-written Character Art Exhibition The Koichi Omura Award(Special prize)
 

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