“Brilliant children”

  • Installtion view at Aichi Triennale 2019
    “Brilliant children” 2019
    Photo: Takeshi Hirabayashi



  • Born 1986 in Mie, Japan
  • Based in Tokyo, Japan

Yumisashi Kanji is a painter who consistently returns to the themes of suicide and mourning. After graduate school he started a video production company in Nagoya with a university friend, but he resigned from his role as representative director in 2013 before going to Tokyo and starting out as an artist. His mother, who had suffered mentally and physically since an earlier traffic accident, died by suicide in 2015, while Yumisashi was studying in the first class at Genron Chaos*Lounge New Art School. He had a vision of a bird holding a gold ring before her funeral procession, and this has become a core motif that appears again and again in many of the pieces that Yumisashi has created since. His Mourning O, which took the death by suicide of a pop idol 30 years prior as its theme, was awarded the Toshiko Okamoto Award at the 21st Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art in 2018. Mermaid in April, Yuminashi's exhibition from the same year, was a continuation from that piece and attracted widespread attention.

Selected Works & Awards

2019 Dinamite Traveler, SHEEP STUDIO, Tokyo, Japan
2019 Taro went to the battle field, Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2018 Mermaid in April (solo), Genron Chaos * Lounge Gotanda Atelier, Tokyo, Japan
2018 The 21st Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art, Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan, Toshiko Okamoto Award
2016 First Premise First Press, Genron Chaos * Lounge New Art School Achievement Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan, Gold Prize


Maison Nagono 808


2-8-11 Nagono, Nishi-ku, Nagoya 451-0042 JAPAN


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・12 minutes on foot from Marunouchi Station on the Sakura-dori Subway Line or Tsurumai Subway Line.
・7 minutes on foot from Kokusai Center Station on the Sakura-dori Subway Line.
・10 minutes on foot from Nagoya Station.