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Minoru Nomata has been creating every kind of structure, nature and city appearance by drawing figures; taking away the borders between reality and the imaginary world.
Nomata’s detailed visions have continued aiming for a light that realizes shapes and appearances, while at the same time he has been devoting himself to the depiction of light itself.
In his recent 2017 works, organic spheres began to appear on his canvases replacing the balloon architectural motif that he had created several times in the past, stimulating the viewer’s imagination with objects floating in the air or moving through space.

In 2018, Nomata is aiming for creations that seem to make us feel the fetal movement of new kind of image that differs from his previous paintings. Since acquiring his own expression of “light,” he has seemingly captured and started to depict a primordial sign that is going to be formed, as it were, similar to “Ki” or airy energy. In early Spring, feeling the breath of life in March, we are looking forward to the arrival of his newly conceived painting creations.

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oil on canvas (unfinished)
ⓒ Minoru Nomata
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oil on canvas(unfinished)
ⓒ Minoru Nomata

Artist Profile

Minoru Nomata was born in 1955 in Tokyo. After graduating from the Design Department of Tokyo University of the Arts, he started to create his own artworks utilizing an architectural motif to present that which does not exist in reality.

He had his first solo exhibition, “STILL” in 1986, and then “Arcadia” in 1988 at Sagacho Exhibit Space. In 2012 at Sagacho Archives, Nomata also exhibited 14 works entitled “blue construction” that reflected his state of mind, brought on by the aftermath of the 2011 Great Earthquake and Tsunami.

Among his major exhibitions are “Architecture on Canvas” (2004, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery), “Alternative Sights – Landscapes by Minoru Nomata” (2010, The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma), “Imaginary Architecture from Piranesi to Minoru Nomata” (2013, Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Tokyo). As for his publications: “Points of View” (2004, Tokyo Shoseki), “Alternative Sights” (2010, Seigensha Art Publishing), “ELEMENTS” (2012, Seigensha Art Publishing). Minoru Nomata is also a professor at Joshibi University of Art and Design.


Exhibition information

March 7 (Wed) – May 27 (Sun), 2018
Reception: March 10 (Sat) 18:00–20:00
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, & Public Holidays 13:00–19:00
*The opening hour is irregular for 5 days due to the 3331 ART FAIR 2018
March 7 (Wed) 15:00–20:00
March 8 (Thu) – March 10 (Sat) 12:00–20:00
March 11 (Sun) 12:00–17:00
Sagacho archives (B1/ B110)
3331 Arts Chiyoda, 6-11-14 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo, Japan 101-0021
Nonprofit Organization Art Meeting Point

Gallery Talk : Makoto Shiina (Novelist) + Minoru Nomata (Artist)

April 7 (Sat)
3331 Arts Chiyoda B105 (Multi Space)
40(*reserved only)
Admission Fee
1,000 Yen

*To attend please send email (info@sagacho.jp) with your name, the number of participants, your email address.

Talk & Music : Akira Inoue (Musician, Composer) + Minoru Nomata (Artist)

May 25 (Fri)
19:30-21:00 (Doors Open at 19:00)
3331 Arts Chiyoda Lounge (rear left on the first floor)
40 (*reserved only)
Admission Fee
2,500 Yen (including 1 drink)

*For reservations, please send an e-mail (info@sagacho.jp) with your name, the number of participants, and your e-mail address, specifying “5/25 event” on the subject line. Confirmation will be sent back to you within a couple of days.