Biography

Usio

B.1978 in Yamagata, Japan. Lives and works in Japan.
After studying oil painting and concrete sculpture at the University of Tsukuba, she earned a MFA in Plastic Art and Mixed Media. After finishing her master's course there, she worked for a private company for several years and then restarted her career as an artist at the end of 2012.
Usio's artwork uses various media to visualize situations that just don't turn out the way we picture. She frequently uses tools, settings, rules, words, and images related to games, and reconstructs the settings of the world around us through video, installations, and workshops. Especially her masterpiece, "Black or White? Board Game Series Never to be Settled." has succeeded in providing new stimulus to our vision and thoughts by using Chess, Igo and Othello.

Usio's recent solo exhibitions include: "Nakaki yo no Too no nefuri no Mina mesame Naminori fune no Oto no yoki kana", gallery N Kanda Shataku, Tokyo, Japan (2018); "Restart over and over The Point of Despair", Gallery Barco, Tokyo, Japan (2017); "Where Are You?", HIGURE 17-15 cas, Tokyo, Japan (2016), etc. and her work has been included in group exhibitions such as: "Imagined Boundaries: Contemporary Art in Obu", Obu Culture Communication Library, Aichi, Japan (2020); "Absorption/Radiation", Around Tokorozawa City, Saitama, Japan (2019); "TERATOTERA Festival 2019: Barriers to Freedom of Choice", Around Mitaka Station, Tokyo, Japan (2019);"Now, it's Time to Play", Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan (2019), etc.
Her works are in the collections of Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art.

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Curriculum Vitae

Usio

Born in Yamagata Japan, 1978
Live and work in Okinawa, Japan

Education:

2003

2001

MFA in Plastic Art and Mixed Media, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan

BFA in Carving and Modeling, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan

Solo Exhibitions:

2020
   
2018
   
2017
2016
2014
2013
2012

Black or White? Board Game Series Never to be Settled., Chez Pierre, -
Yamagata, Japan
Nakakiyo no Toono Nefuri no Minamesame Naminori Fune no Oto no Yoki Kana, -
gallery N Kanda Shataku, Tokyo, Japan
Restart over and over The Point of Despair, Gallery Barco, Tokyo, Japan
Where Are You?, HIGURE 17-15 cas, Tokyo, Japan
Continue? Yes., HIGURE 17-15 cas, Tokyo, Japan
Enjoy, Gallery Two-Plus, Tokyo, Japan
Because It's There., ARAKAWA 1-1-1 Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2021



2019




2018



2017

2014
2013


From the Museum Collection 2020: Fourth Period, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, -
Aichi, Japan
Imagined Boundaries: Contemporary Art in Obu, -
Obu Culture Communication Library “allobu”, Aichi, Japan
Distance and Conveyance, gallery N, Aichi, Japan
Now, it's Time to Play, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Absorption/Radiation, Around Tokorozawa City, Saitama, Japan
TERATOTERA Festival 2019: Barriers to Freedom of Choice, -
Around Mitaka Station, Tokyo, Japan
ART NEXT NO.3: When the Opaque Medium Becomes Transparent, Denkibunka Hall, -
Aichi, Japan
From Here 2: 8 Days to Think About Disability, Sensation, and Symbiosis, -
The National Art Center, Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Railroad Siding 2017, Former Tokorozawa School Lunch Center Number 2, -
Saitama,Japan
Open call for Art Project Ideas 2014 Exhibition, Hiroshima MOCA, Hiroshima, Japan
3331 Chiyoda Arts Festival 2013, Video Arts division, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, -
Tokyo, Japan
ARAKAWA Artist File, ARAKAWA 1-1-1 Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Awards:

  • Mitsuru Kuramoto Award of Open Call for Art Project Ideas 2014, -
    Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art

Public Collection:

  • Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan

Publications:

  • TERATOTERA DOCUMENT 2019. text by Shoichiro Iwao. Tokyo: Arts Council Tokyo, -
    Mar. 2020
  • BIJUTSUTECHO. text by Kazuho Soeda. Tokyo: Bijutsu Shuppan-Sha Co.,Ltd., Aug. 2020
  • Distance and Conveyance. Tomohito Ishii, Usio, Takayoshi Tsuchiya, Hajime Mizutani, -
    Jan.2020
  • Continuing to play. text by Takuya Nakao, Hikari Odaka, Masashi Ogura. Usio, Dec.2019
  • Railroad Siding 2017. Saitama: Committee of Hikikomisen 2017, Jan. 2018