The Genroku project aims at emphasizing the importance of a unique cultural movement that occurred in Japan in the late 17th century.
A tireless group of talented artists gave birth to a new artistic style that spread throughout the country in the Genroku period (1688-1704) and came to be known as Kinrande.
Museum-quality works of art, mostly collected in Europe, recall here the splendors of this fundamental era with renewed strength, offering us an enchanting path that leads to a deeper understanding of essential elements such as decorative and technological innovations.
She succeeded in transforming the depictions of Japanese beauties from the Ukiyo-e tradition of the 19th century and the Shin Hanga of the mid 20th century into 21st century emancipated figures, where nude, sparingly used, shows how the role of women in Japanese contemporary society is gradually changing.
Born in Tokyo in 1965, Katsutoshi Toya graduated from the School of Fine Arts of the Tokyo University of Arts in 1992. Right after graduation he started painting his iconic portraits of Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582) the powerful Daimyo (Feudal Lord) and unparalleled military commander who succeeded in unifying most of Japan in the late Sengoku period (1467-1600).
From 1993 his solo exhibitions took Japan by storm, and since then the artist was acclaimed as one of the most talented painters using traditional Japanese materials by means of which historic figures come to life with a very unique vitality. His artistic talent led to collaborations with NHK, the national television of Japan.
Born in 1958 as the second son of a potter in the town of Okawa, on the outskirts of Imari, Saga. As a child, helped around the kiln and studio preparing clay and performing other pottery related tasks.
In 1976-77, attended the Ceramics Department at Arita Industrial High School, as well as the ceramics college in Seto. After graduating, returned home to the family kiln, Hiari Gama, to start apprenticeship.
Began research into the coil and paddle method of construction after discovering a 400 year old shard from a tea ceremony water jar at a kiln ruin near the family kiln and studio. In 1992, opened own studio in Arita as a tea ware ceramicist specializing in coil and paddle water jars. Holds tea ware exhibitions throughout Japan and Asia.