ASUKA NIRASAWA
Born in Osaka Japan
Tokyo National University of Fine Arts And Music, BA in fine art, 2001 - 2005
Lives and works in South Africa (Bag Factory’s studio Artist, 2017 - ) and Japan
Born and raised in Osaka, Japan, Asuka Nirasawa has studied fine art at Tokyo University of The Arts. She has lived in India and participated in several artist residency programmes in Europe and South Africa. Her travels between divergent countries opened her creative mind wider and deeper and has been an immense source of inspiration for her paintings, drawings, photographic collages, video installations and graphics. She currently lives and works in South Africa and Japan.
In her works, she endeavours to expose the obscure parts of reality:  in daily life we seldom consider reality beyond our senses and general cognition. We are unfamiliar with the complex mechanisms, forms and colours of particles and cells in the microscopic world and in the universe generally. Expressing and sensing this separate reality helps us escape from the threat of boredom in a comparatively colourless world. She is fascinated by images of human and animal anatomy, especially at a microscopic level. It is rich in colour and form; seemingly fantastic at first glance, but ultimately ruthlessly practical and designed for uncompromising efficiency. This world seems mystical at first, but these biological systems are designed with the single purpose of converting matter into energy, obeying the irresistible inclination of the universe to chaos. We invent large parts of our life simply to avoid self-reflection – missing life in the process.
The dynamics of modernity (sophistication) and primitiveness (savagery) stir her imagination. She continues to experiment with drawings, paintings and photographic collages. In her works, one finds a mix of the modern, traditional and pop culture worlds in vivid, eccentric and infinite colours. Her process seeks to create art to express a tangible version of her thoughts and emotions, often involving moving back and forth between the conscious and sub-conscious. She is always in the process of finding such a transcendental moment.


〈 SOLO SHOW 〉
2018    BEING, Eclectica contemporary, Capetown, SouthAfrica
2017    MULTIFINITY, David Krut Projects, Capetown, SouthAfrica
2017    ORIGIN, Gallery Nomart, Osaka, Japan
2013    TRANS_formation_migration, Gallery FIVE FORTY FIVE, Bangalore, India
2009    conversation 2, gallery at Las chicas AOYAMA, Tokyo, Japan
2008    conversation 1, Tally’ s KOJIMACHI, Tokyo, Japan

〈 GROUP SHOW 〉
2018    Line and Gesture, Bag Factory Artist’s studio, Johannesburg, South Africa
2018    Bag factory Prints at Turbine Hall, Johannesburg, South Africa
2018    All Stars, gallery Nomart, Osaka, Japan
2017    Cell, Eclectica contemporary, Cape Town, South Africa
2017    Investec art show at Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa
2017    Potch Ardklop Art Festival, Johannesburg, South Africa
2017    POP UP exhibition, @First, Johannesburg, South Africa
2016    Open studio with Gidion Appar, Bag factory Artists Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa
2016    Arteles Open studios, Arteles creative center, Haukijärvi, Finland
2011    Roppongi KIMONO Festa, KIMONO art exhibition, ROPPONGI midtown, Tokyo, Japan
2010    National KIMONO competition, NIJYO-castle, Kyoto, Japan
2010    OOOO, Gallery OOOO, Kyoto, Japan
2005    FAF art exhibition, Gallery GAN, Tokyo, Japan

〈 ARTIST IN RESIDENCY and OTHER PROJECTS 〉
2017    Artist residency at David Krut Projects, Capetown, SouthAfrica
2016    Artist residency at Bag factory Artists Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa
2016    Artist residency at Arteles creative center, Haukijärvi, Finland
2011    Dress art project “blue stream line” Osaka, Japan
2010    facade art work "FOODS CONVERSARTION" for cafe MANDUKA, Tokyo, Japan
2006 from 2004    “CAKE PROJECT” On Sundays,Tokyo, Japan

〈 ART FAIR PARTICIPATED 〉
2018    Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa
2018    Investec Cape Town Art Fair, South Africa
2017    ART KAOHSIUNG, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2016    Art Fair Osaka, Osaka, Japan

〈 PUBLICITY 〉
2018    Interview about ASUKA NIRASAWA, SLOW magazine, September edition, South Africa
2017    about “MULTIFINITY” Wall Street International, 18th May, South Africa
2017    about “ ORIGIN” JapanTimes, 5th April, Japan
2013    Deccan Chronicle newspaper, 21th Oct, India
2013    "Pop culture meets tradition" Bangalore mirror newspaper, 15th Oct, India
2010    about ASUKA NIRASAWA, u-stream WIWI TV, Japan
2006    CAKE PROJECT, PowerMac magazine January, Japan
2005    CAKE PROJECT, anan magazine November, Japan