Akiko Ueda

“Time and music, people’s actions and thoughts, shifting situations, growing and then dying plants, and one’s attention to the changing surroundings. These are the fluid realities one incessantly feels while living. How can an artist express such realities in painting?” This is the question Ueda asks through her practice. Her paintings explore how to be a medium to capture the process and moment of a certain phenomenon transforming, and the causes of such change, instead of painting as reproduction or representation. Each work is characterized by a unique style and brushstrokes. These diverse pictures are painted without a preparatory sketch on the canvas, and each brush stroke leads to the subsequent quality and color, reflecting the thinking and interest of the artist at the time of the production. This continuous action that spreads through the whole pictorial field creates fluid space-time within the picture and evokes our ceaselessly changing world.

Born 1983, Kyoto. Ueda received a BFA in Painting from Musashino Art University in 2006. She was a recipient of the Pola Art Foundation Grant, staying in Belgium (2018). Her solo exhibitions include When a Painting Is Looking at Painter’s Sleeping Face (Dai-ichi Life South Gallery, Tokyo, 2015), ARKO 2012 / UEDA AKIKO (Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki, 2012), and Sometimes, Our World Must Be a Big Bouquet (Kiyosu City Haruhi Art Museum, Kiyosu, 2009). She participated in many group shows including Closing and Neo Vision (Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum, Nagano, 2017) and VOCA 2011 (The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, 2011).





  • Akiko UEDA
  • 1983

    Born in Kyoto, Japan

  • 2006

    B.F.A., painting, Musashino Art University

  • 2020

    M.F.A, painting, Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Brussels

  • 2021

    A Walk of Broken Theatre, Yuka Tsuruno Gallery, Tokyo

  • 2020

    DÉJÀ-MAIS-VU, Centrale for Contemporary Art, Brussels

  • 2018

    Neighboring Night, Suju Gallery, Karuizawa
    Akiko Ueda,
    Gallery Saikousha, Saitama
    A Hole for a Wind
    , Yuka Tsuruno Gallery, Tokyo

  • 2016

    Fuel of the Terrestrial Globe, NICHE Gallery, Tokyo
    Motionless Journey,
    Sujyu Gallery, Nagano

  • 2015

    When a Painting Is Looking at Painter’s Sleeping Face, Dai-ichi Life Gallery, Tokyo
    Legs Grown from an Imaginary World
    , NICHE GALLERY, Tokyo

  • 2014

    Forests Still Be Inside of a Seed, Komoro Heights Museum of Art, Nagano
    , Sujyu Gallery, Nagano

  • 2013

    Who Turns Over the Sheet of Winter, NICHE GALLERY, Tokyo

  • 2012

    ARKO2012 / UEDA AKIKO, OHARA Museum of Art, Okayama

  • 2011

    Until a Day When We’ll Return to Fields, NICHE GALLERY, Tokyo

  • 2010

    Depth of the Inner Garden, Gallery b.TOKYO, Tokyo

  • 2009

    Sometimes, Our World Must Be a Big Bouquet, Kiyosu City Haruhi Art Museum, Aichi

  • 2006

    Akiko Ueda, Gallery b.TOKYO, Tokyo

  • 2020

    The Rite of Spring, Yuka Tsuruno Gallery, Tokyo

  • 2019

    Night Walk, Day Sleep, Medium Gallery, Bratislava

  • 2018

    Kemonomichi, Kisomachi/ Agematsumashi/ Kisomura, Nagano

  • 2017

    Closing and Neo Vision, Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum, Nagano
    Metamorphoses, Gallery82Bank, Nagano

  • 2015

    Scent of Outside, Atelier Sin, Telc, Czech Republic
    Na Hranici – Grenznah, Skolska 28 Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

  • 2014

    Ohara comtemporary at Musabi, Musashino Art University Museum, Tokyo
    Vie des formes, La Fondation des Etats-Unis, Cité internationale universitaire, Paris

  • 2013

    Na Hranici – Grenznah, Šumava/Bavarian Forest, Czech Republic/Germany
    Ohara comtemporary, OHARA Museum of Art, Okayama

  • 2011

    Collection of Ohara Museum, Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum, Nagano
    Vision Of Contemporary Art 2011, Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo

  • 2009

    Shell Art Award 2009, HILLSIDE FORUM, Tokyo
    The 6th Haruhi Triennial, Kiyosu City Haruhi Art Museum, Aichi

  • 2013

    Paris Prize 2013, Musashino Art University

  • 2011

    Ohara Museum of Art Prize, VOCA2011

  • 2009

    Tamayo Uemura’s Prize, Shell Art Award 2009
    Grand prize, The 6th Haruhi Triennial

  • 2015

    Kitakata-city Yume Art Project, Fukushima
    Centrum Umeni Kvilda, Kvilda, Czech Republic

  • 2013

    Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

  • 2012

    ARKO2012,OHARA Museum of Art, Okayama

  • Ohara Museum of Art
    Kiyosu City Haruhi Museum of Art
    Art Centre Kvilda Civic Association
    Kitakata City Museum of Art