Main Gallery Area Artist


Soichiro Murata

Main Gallery Area


Photo by Yuki Moriya

Artist Information

村田 宗一郎

Soichiro Murata

1985 Born in Kanagawa
2004-2009 Attends Department of Intermedia Art, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts
2012 “Rendez-vous 12” South African National Gallery (Cape Town, Republic of South Africa)
2014 Solo exhibition“May of Wives” YODOYA (Kyoto, Japan)
2016 Solo exhibition“I’ve telegraphed and phoned and sent an air mail” HAPS (Kyoto, Japan)
2016 “The Previous Day of Neo-situationist” ARATANIURANO (Tokyo, Japan)
2017 “VOCA2017 The Vision of Contemporary Art”The Ueno Royal Museum (Tokyo, Japan)

On the theme of poetry, I create work ranging from paintings, three-dimensional objects, photographs, sound, text to mixed-media installations mainly through improvisational drawings. The subject matter of my work always lies in the space that emerges by the mixture of different objects; linear motifs such as architecture and structures and fluid images. Being self-aware of the violence lurking in the act of art, all of my expressions become tense, slipping through the restraints of expression and non-expression, like a drawn line that imperceptibly cuts through the blank space.


Mizuki Endo

The executive director of Higashiyama Artists Placement Service (HAPS)/The artistic director of Vincom Center for Contemporary Art

[Comment by Selector]


What is the curious charm that Soichiro Murata (born in 1985, living in Nara) exudes? At times he is calm and collected, working on installations that analytically showcase the unique visual experience occurring in between the natural and artificial, between landscape and architecture. However, at other times he is romantic to a fault, unabashedly exhibiting paintings that are corporeal and meager. He shamelessly confesses that he loves the world. Perhaps we should be tolerant enough to think that the collapse of this “artist” character is rather natural. He is not an artist we should love, but instead one which we cannot help but love.