Leiko Ikemura, born in Japan in 1951, came to Europe in the 1970s as a 21-year-old. She first lived in Spain and Switzerland until she relocated to Germany in 1984. She was already drawing attention to herself in Cologne in the 1980s in the context of the Neue Wilde. Despite a certain affinity, her work stood out due to its individual character and its independence even at the time.Read More
At the end of the 1980s, sculpture appeared as well as painting. Her sculptural work quickly gained in significance and became an integral part of her oeuvre. Today, sculpture and painting stand side by side on an equal footing. They serve each other.
Above all, Ikemura successfully unites two very different cultural spaces in her work. Her works show her to be a thoroughly European, Western artist. However, they are just as much determined by her Japanese influence and background. Over the years Ikemura has developed a very special iconography in the interplay between influences and cultures, which she herself represents biographically.
Text courtesy Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art.
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