My creation process is similar to digging the water well in my mind. When the well is still shallow, I get muddy water but as I dig deeper, I get cleaner water. Intangible things are filled up inside of my mind. Personal matters, social issues, many things transform into something in my mind, and they accumulates as layer of earth.
I focus on one of the elements, then change the form and visualize it. When I work on my own, I am hoping to find the groundwater vein which connects myself and to your mind, So, even today, I set the ladder into the water well of my mind, and go down to the bottom where there is no light.
artist Izuru Mizutani
Izuru Mizutani is contemporary artist, teacher, owner and director of "Art & Mind Center" in Nagoya, member of Japan Artists Association, member of JAALA
Artist has been painting with painting technique of the East with natural pigments, glue or Chinese ink. His works are not only two-dimensional but also combination of two and three-dimensional works such as installation works using water or video.
In 2002, his painting which was exhibited at Maruki museum was introduced as a part of the Japanese public broadcasting,“NHK New Sunday Museum Art Scene”.In 2004, Izuru Mizutani was selected as a part of “Declaration 100 artists for Peace” at National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea along with Antoni Tapies, Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer etc.
In 2007, He had a solo show in the A.S.Popov Central Museum of Communications in St.Petersburg, Russia.
As a TV program director, Izuru Mizutani has works for TV station since 1990 and he traveled around the world and produced documentary films, and known as a filmmaker, too.
1961 Born in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2010 "moment to moment", (Gallery Yuragi, Kyoto, Japan)
2009 "Tears of the sky 2009", (Yoshiaki Inoue Gallery, Osaka, Japan)
2008 "Izuru Mizutani Exhibition", (Galleria Finarte, Nagoya, Japan)
2007 A.S. Popov Central Museum of Communications (St.Petersburg, Russia) National Museum
2007 "Portrait if the Sphinx" Gallery G18, (Helsinki, Finland)
2006 Vermont Studio Center Red Mill Gallery, (Varmont, USA) Peace art project "Memory and oblivion", with Lee Myongbok (Gongpyeon art center /Seoul, Korea)
2005 "Solo exhibition", Chofu Gallery, Chofu-city, planed by Ichiro Hariu
2005 ” Space and Existence", (ITP Hole/Kyoto Japan)
2005 ” in the shadow...", Galleria Finarte, Nagoya.
2004 "another time and another sky" Nanatsudera artist in residence
2002 "A burning house" No War!exhibition KDPS gallery, Nagoya
2002 "Tears of the sky", (Galleria Finarte, Nagoya, Japan)
2002 One man exhibition "microcos", (Galeria la escena, Nagoya, Japan)
2001 One man exhibition "Lamentations", (Gallery APA, Nagoya, Japan)
2000 One man exhibition "Born in the Babylon", (Galleria Finarte, Nagoya, Japan)
1994 One man exhibition "The scales of Time", (Gallery Rocket raku, Nagoya, Japan)
1992 Solo exhibition (Nagoya Citizens Gallery, Nagoya.)
1989 "One man exhibition" (Gallery House, Nagoya.)
Selected Group Exhibitions since 2005
2011 "Ultra Kyoto" Art Fair (Yoshiaki Inoue Gallery/Shoseien/Kyoto)
2011 "Gates and Doors" Exhibition (The State Russian Museum/St.Petersburg,Russia)
2011 "ART STAGE SINGAPORE" (Singapore/Singapore)
2010 Exhibition "Eternity" (Gallerie Karin Shutter/ Basel, Swiss)
2010 Exhibition "Sky in the Art" (The Russian Museum/St.Petersburg, Russia) National Museum
2010 "Art Karlsruhe-Contemporary Art Fair" (Gallery Pack of Patches/Messe Karlsruhe/Germany)
2010 "Mirror Montage-International Group Exhibition" (Flanders Center/Osaka/Japan)
2010 "Fun de Nagoya Art Exhibition 2010 On the Planet-We will live on this planet" (Nagoya citizens Gallery, sponsored by Nagoya City Cultural Promotion Agency)
2009 ”Art Asia Miami" SCOPE ART SHOW presents (Gallery G77/ Miami, U.S.A)
2009 Exhibition "logbuch 2009" (Gallery pack of patches/Jena/Germany)
2009 "Surface of Window/Slow &Tense Atmosphere" (Kyoto International Center/Kyoto/Japan)
2009 "Forest of the Art, Aichi " (Tyuo Hirokoji Bilding/Nagoya/Japan)
2009 ”Close your eyes ...and visualize what you see" (The Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki / Mito, Japan)
2009 "SEA LEVEL" II International Independent Art Festival, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Art-Center "Pushkinskaya-10" (Central Exhibition Hall "Manezh"/Saint Petersburg/Russia)
2009 "Cutlog Contemporary Art Fair" (Pack of Patches/Messe Paris/France/ Gallery)
2009 "Anti War today exhibition" (Maruki Museum /Saitama/Japan/produced by Maruki Museum)
2009 "Osaka Art Fair" (Yoshiaki Inoue Gallery, Dojima Hotel/Osaka, Japan)
2009 ”Art Asia Basel" SCOPE ART SHOW presents (Gallery G77/ Basel, Swiss)
2009 ”Bridge Art Faire" (Gallery G77/ New York, USA) Asia Criative Art Exhibition, The National Art Center, (Tokyo, Japan)
2008 ”Grupo Non Stop Japanese contemporary Art exhibition" (Galleria Catarsis, Madrid, Spain)
2006 "Anti War today exhibition "produced by Maruki Museum "Paradice" Eastern Contemporary Art Exhibition ' (Hedonism Community, Moon river, Beijing China)
2008 "Sumi-e Exhibition", motoazabu Gallery, Tokyo Asia Criative Art Exhibition, The National Art Center, (Tokyo, Japan)
2007 "The Mirrors:Comfortable Doze and Reflection" international exhibition (Kyoto Seika University Gallery Fluer)
2007 Exhibition Ecology & Humanbeeing, Gail Art Museum, (Gyeonggi Province, Korea)
2006 "Anti War today exhibition "produced by Maruki Museum
2007 "Freedom" Exhibition of Japanese Artist with Chinese Artist" (Hedonism Community, Beijing, China)
2007 "Frantic Beauty 2007" Collaboration with Artists from NewYork, Nanatsudera Kyodo Studio, Nagaya
2007 "Fun de Nagoya Art Exhibition 2007 Eyes from another &eyes to another", Exhibition, Nagoya citizens Gallery, sponsored by Nagoya City Cultural Promotion Agency
2006 "Skepticism&Fabrication: The Dilemma of Art", Exhibition, Kyoto Seika University Gallery Fleur
2006 "Sumi-e Exhibition", Motoazabu Gallery, Tokyo
2006 "Anti War today exhibition" produced by Maruki Museum
2006 ”Grupo Non Stop Japanese contemporary Art exhibition"(Galleria Catarsis, Madrid, Spain)
2006 "JAALA Exhibition," Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, sponsored by The Artist Conference of Japan, Asia, Africa and Latin America
2006 "Let's say what you would like to say" Exhibition, Chikyu-do Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo
2005 Anti War today exhibition (Maruki Museum/Saitama/Japan/produced by Maruki Museum) “Lines of artists exhibition" ITP Hole/sponsored by Ishida Taiseisya /Kyoto.
2005 "Sumi-e Exhibition", Chikyu-do Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo
2005 "26 Impact Art Festival" Kyoto city Art Museum/Kyoto International art center
2005 "A Mirror Man" collaboration with Masayuki Akamatsu, Jakounezumi no Papa/Nagoya citizens gallery
"JAALA Exhibition", Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, sponsored by The Artist Conference of Japan, Asia, Africa and Latin America, mostly each time till 2001
"The 23th Art Criation Prize" (Nagoya City Cultural Promotion Agency, Japan)
"The 15th Annual VSC Asian Artists Fellowships "Alternate (Freeman Foundation, U.S.A )
"The 14th Annual VSC Asian Artists Fellowships" Alternate (Freeman Foundation, U.S.A )
Gave a lecture for Kyoto Gakuen University (Kyoto, Japan)
Gave a lecture for Mt. Holyoke Colledge (Massachusetts Holyoke, USA)
Participated in the Vermont Studio Center (Vermont, USA)
Gave a lecture for A.S. Popov Central Museum of Communications (St.Petersburg, Russia)
Perticipated in Vermont Studio Center Artist in residence (by Freeman Fellowship grant)
Gave a lecture for Indiana University in Pensilvenia (USA)
Gave a lecture for Nagoya Zokei University of Art & Design"Koi Ningyo" Stage design /Dancer; Akira Kasai, Pierre Darde, Naoka Uemura/Bunraku Puppet; Kanjuro Kiritake Charge of direction for the DVD software, "Kazuo Ohno - Beauty and Strength", produced by NHK Software.
Maruki ART museum
Tears of the Sky, 2012, video installation