b. 1973, Japan

Satoru Aoyama Biography

Satoru Aoyama was born in 1973 in Tokyo, Japan. He received Bachelor of Arts in textiles from Goldsmiths College, University of London in the Visual Arts department in 1998, immediately after its glory years as the school of the Young British Artists. In 2001 he completed a Master of Fine Arts in fibre and material study at the School of Art Institute in Chicago, USA.

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Although he is Japanese by birth, he does not view his art strictly as 'Japanese', but rather operating in dialogue with other global trends and the history of art. He says; 'when I talk with Jim Lambie, I don't talk to him as a Japanese artist talking to a Scottish artist, but as two artists operating internationally'. Satoru's practice blurs the distinction between different media as he uses photographs as a base foundation and then embroiders over the image. He believes the black of thread is stronger than the black pigment of paint and that his use of embroidery enables him to pursue that depth of blackness. He frequently makes use of traditional subject matter found in classical oil paintings. The process of making is important for Satoru and he hopes that in viewing his work, people will appreciate the embroidery and ultimately question the relationship between the images presented and the process of making. 

Satoru has been included in group shows since 2000. He held his first solo exhibition in 2002 and has since had solo exhibitions in Tokyo, London and Chicago. His work is held in the collection of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. He currently lives and works in London. 

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