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b. 1980, Japan

Mari Ito Biography

Japanese artist Mari Ito (Tokyo, 1980), who has been living in Barcelona since 2006, studied traditional Japanese painting at Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo. In conceptual terms, her oeuvre is based on animism, which finds its expression in long standing Japanese techniques.

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Ito invites us to reflect on the origins of desire, on our most irrational and personal impulses. The Id or "das Es" (as Sigmund Freud would say) split off from the ego and the superego is the psychic —therefore the purest and most primitive— expression of our drives and aspirations.

Ito's delicately formed creations come to life as they unfold into themselves, permanently striving to make their way towards awareness in their on-going search for the root of desire, whatever its nature. Completely opposed forces that actually complement and react to one another are interpreted by Ito in the same way, for they have the same value and form a duality that exists in natural harmony.

Tokyo's Zeit-Foto Salon gallery represents Ito in Japan, alongside other artists such as Nobuyoshi Araki, Yuki Onodera and Daido Moriyama, while in Spain she has been working with Tatiana Kourochkina Galeria d'Art between 2012 - 2014.

Mari Ito Featured Artworks

Origin of desire - small joys are a big joy - by Mari Ito contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Mari ItoOrigin of desire - small joys are a big joy -, 2021Wood panel, Japanese paper, Oguni washi, pigment, sumi, nikawa glue
40 x 29.7 x 4 cm
Micheko Galerie Contact Gallery
Origin of desire- little desires- by Mari Ito contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Mari ItoOrigin of desire- little desires-, 2021Wood panel, Japanese paper, Oguni washi, pigment, sumi, nikawa glue
40 x 29.7 x 4 cm
Micheko Galerie Contact Gallery
Origin of desire - Alegría - by Mari Ito contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Mari ItoOrigin of desire - Alegría -, 2018Wood panel, Japanese paper Oguni washi, pigment, sumi, nikawa glue
92 x 73 x 4 cm
Micheko Galerie Contact Gallery
Origin of desire - dialogue - by Mari Ito contemporary artwork painting
Mari ItoOrigin of desire - dialogue -, 2019Wood panel, Japanese paper Oguni washi, pigment, sumi, nikawa glue
35 x 35 x 4 cm
Micheko Galerie Contact Gallery
Origin of desire - Birth of the delight - by Mari Ito contemporary artwork painting
Mari ItoOrigin of desire - Birth of the delight -, 2018Wood panel, Japanese paper, pigment, sumi, nikawa glue
27 x 22 x 4 cm
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Micheko Galerie
Origin of desire - Birth of the joy - by Mari Ito contemporary artwork painting
Mari ItoOrigin of desire - Birth of the joy -, 2019Wood panel, Japanese paper Oguni washi, pigment, sumi, nikawa glue
22 x 16 x 4 cm
Micheko Galerie Contact Gallery
Origin of desire - good energy - by Mari Ito contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Mari ItoOrigin of desire - good energy -, 2019Wood panel, Japanese paper Oguni washi, pigment, sumi, nikawa glue
22 x 16 x 4 cm
Micheko Galerie Contact Gallery
Origin of desire - small desires by Mari Ito contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Mari ItoOrigin of desire - small desires, 2019Wood panel, Japanese paper Oguni washi, pigment, sumi, nikawa glue
10 x 16 x 4 cm
Micheko Galerie Contact Gallery

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