Noriko Kiyotsuka Biography

Noriko Kiyotsuka





Noriko Kiyotsuka was born in 1940 in Manchuria, China. In 1968 she graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, majoring in oil painting. Her artistic path brought her to sculpture and printmaking, and in the 1970s she began synthesizing these mediums by using various techniques of intaglio and incorporating laminated lead foil, capacitors, rubber tubes, and other industrial objects to create dimensionality within her abstracted landscapes, seascapes, and cityscapes. Kiyotsuka would travel to Tokyo's "Electric Town" neighborhood, Akihabara, to find the objects, soldering them herself into her works. She has stated that she finds inspiration from being in a plane. "I look out the window and sketch what I see on the ground….. my works reflect an aerial image ( 航跡-Koseki)". In addition to printmaking, sculpture, and painting, Kiyotsuka has worked as an illustrator and designer of art books, albums, and more.

From 1968 to 1972 to Kiyotsuka taught printmaking at her alum, and then in 1977 at Tokyo Zokei University. In 2009 the artist opened her own private museum in Japan, located in Sekigahara-cho, Fuwa-gun, Gifu 503-159 Japan. The exhibition "Noriko Kiyozuka - Traveling Prints" was held in 2020 at the Eureka Fukuoka Gallery in Japan.

Her work is held in the collections of the National Museums of Modern Art in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan; the University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts; the Art Institute of Chicago; the British Museum; and the Centre for Australian Art, among others.

Selected Exhibitions:
2020: "Noriko Kiyotzuka - Traveling Prints", Eureka Fukuoka Gallery, Otemon, Japan
2007: "Megurashiya", 77 Gallery, Tokyo
1995: "Tradition Made Modern: An Exhibition of Old and New Japanese Color Prints", 
Leonard L. Milberg Gallery for the Graphic Arts, Princeton University
1994: "The Concept of a Fruit: Tetsuro and Other Contemporary Print Makers", Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan
1991: "The World of the Box", Art Tower Mito, Japan
1989: Japan Print Exhibition, Sweden; New Zealand International Print Exhibition, Aukland, NZ; Contemporary Japanese Print Exhibition, Belgium 
1985: Wayakama Print Biennale, Museum of Modern Art, Wayakama; Japanese Print Exhibition, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan; Contemporary Japanese Print Exhibition, National Museum of Modern Art, India; Seoul International Print Biennale
1984: Annual Print Exhibition, Tokyo University of the Arts Museum; Japan International Art Exhibition, South Korea
1st Western Pacific International Print Biennale, Australia; 12th Contemporary Japanese Art Exhibition (prize)
1974: Young Contemporary Copperplate Artist Exhibition, Kindai Museum of Art; Ibiza Print Biennale, Spain
1972: 3rd Florence Biennale, Italy; 4th Krakow International Print Biennale Exhibition, Poland; Today's Artist Assoc., Yokohama Citizens' Gallery, Japan
1971-1976: Contemporary Japanese Art Exhibition (various)
1970: Tokyo International Print Biennale, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
32nd Shinseisaku Kyokai Exhibition (prize)
1967, '71: Japan Print Association exhibition
1966: 30th Shinseisaku Kyokai Exhibition

1968: New Artist Prize and Alumni Award, 32nd New Works Association Exhibition, Tokyo University of the Arts
1976: National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Prize, 12th Contemporary Japanese Art Exhibition