Nobuyoshi Araki

- Selected Works
- Biography

Nobuyoshi Araki is born in 1940 in Tokyo, Japan, where he lives and works. His father worked with photography and Araki shows his interest in this art form from an early age. In 1963 he obtains a master’s degree at Chiba University, where he  studied photography and filmmaking and where he developed an interest in Italian Neo-Realist and French Nouvelle Vague films. This influence is clear Araki’s diaristic, erotically charged works, which are equally influenced by Japan’s urbanization and newfound commercialism after the Second World War, as well as in the artist’s stylistic references to Japanese toys, Karaoke bars, and other aspects of contemporary Japanese culture. In 1964 he won the prize for young photographers Taiyo and in 1965 he holds his first solo exhibition at Shinjuku Station Building in Tokyo. In 1971 he got married to Yoko Aoki and, from that moment, he will show a growing interest for the naked female body, subject which led him to achieve the fame. In 1981 he made his first and only film as director. Since the 80 he exhibits around the world and his work is appreciated by both audiences and critics.

- Exhibitions
  • 2018

    Nobuyoshi Araki. Il demone dell’Eros - De Primi Fine Art, Lugano

  • 2017

    Nobuyoshi Araki / Eroreal - Dom umenia/Kunsthalle Bratislava, Bratislava
    Nobuyoshi Araki - Photographoary: Photo-Mad Old Man A Turning 77 on 5.25.17 - Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film, Tokyo

  • 2016

    Nobuyoshi Araki - A Desktop Paradise - Taka Ishii Gallery Photography Paris, Paris
    Nobuyoshi Araki - Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris
    Nobuyoshi Araki - Photo-Mad Old Man A 76th Birthday - Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film, Tokyo
    Nobuyoshi Araki - Hiroshi Sugimoto - Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong

  • 2015

    Araki Nobuyoshi - Calligraphy - Aura Gallery - Beijing, Beijing
    Nobuyoshi Araki: Left Eye - L-Art Gallery, Chengdu, Sichuan
    Araki - Eros Diary - Anton Kern Gallery, New York City, NY
    Nobuyoshi Araki – Alluring Hell - Galerie Alex Daniels / Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam
    Nobuyoshi Araki: Polaroids - Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL
    Araki Nobuyoshi-Kekkai - Aura Gallery - Beijing, Beijing

  • 2014

    Araki Ojo Shashu – Photography For The Afterlife: Alluring Hell - Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam
    Nobuyoshi Araki Ōjō Shashū : Photography For The Afterlife - Easternsky, Paradise - Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo
    Araki Nobuyoshi - Ōjō Shashū: Photography for the Afterlife - Love Journey - - Niigata City Art Museum, Niigata

  • 2013

    Exposicion 93, 22 November 2013 – 2 March 2014, Centro Galego de Art Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
    Flowers & Mushrooms, 27 July – 27 October 2013, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
    Why not live for art? II, 13 July – 23 September 2013, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
    Nobuyoshi Araki, 25 May – 22 June 2013, Taka Ishii Gallery, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
    Nobuyoshi Araki, 2 May – 8 June 2013, Micheal Hoppen Gallery, London, UK
    Nobuyoshi Araki: Bondages, 12 April – 31 May 2013, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany
    Nobuyoshi Araki: Bondages, 12 April – 31 May 2013, Jablonka Galerie, Berlin, Germany
    Portrait, Landscape & Still life, 21 March – 31 May 2013, Zonca & Zonca, Milan, Italy

  • 2012

    Nobuyoshi Araki, 15 March – 13 April 2012, Zonca & Zonca, Milan, Italy

    Rough, Blurred, and Out of Focus: Provoke Magazine and Postwar Japanese Photography, 3 January – 27 February 2012, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA

  • 2011

    Nackt: Newton & Araki, 19 November 2011 – 19 February 2012, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
    Nobuyoshi Araki and Shiro Tsujimura: Work in Progress, 29 October 2011 – 5 March 2012, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Cologne, Germany
    Nobuyoshi Araki: Muses, 14 October 2011 – 26 November 2011, Galerie kamel Mennour, Paris, France
    JAPAN 4, 10 October – 11 November 2011, Galerie Priska Pasquer, Cologne, Germany
    FaR EasT, 15 September – 28 October 2011, Zonca & Zonca, Milan, Italy
    Nobuyoshi Araki: Shiki-in (Color Eros), 9 September – 28 October 2011, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany
    Art For Japan, 9 July – 27 August 2011, SOFA Gallery, Austin, USA
    JAPANCONGO, 8 July – 14 August 2011, garage Center for Contemporary Cultur, Moscow, Russia
    Japancongo, 6 February – 24 April 2011, Magasin, National Center of COntemporary Art Grenoble, France
    Nobuyoshi Araki: Painted Photographs, 1 February – 4 March 2011, Faggionato Fine Art, London, UK
    Images from a Floating World, 20 January – 5 March 2011, Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, Chelsea, NY, USA

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