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Mari Minato

by Michel Nuridsany
(...) she had traced, on the walls of the belfry’s great hall and on the elevator shaft of the same floor, three lines – or were they shapes? or traces? or long trails? – flowing, almost transparent, simply beautiful and in appearance abstract.
In appearance only, for in fact the shapes laid out there, with what seemed both tremendous strength and great delicacy, were actually inspired by Gaul tools. They didn't, however, represent those tools. Starting from the model, the lines fleeted away, here and there coming back to evoke the original form only to once again move further away, as though meaning to create an impression, more than a representation, or a journey to and from, as if following an outline from which the object could be recognized yet also blurred or forgotten, eluding you here, only to stand out clearly there, with an undefined meaning, yet at the same time representing a supreme bliss and an unbelievably ethereal freedom in the artistic expression.
Shapes and colors always perform, a pas de deux in which emerald greens, deep blues and striking reds step forward and then fade away, leaving on the wall, as they did in Montrouge, bright radiant traces, whose beauty and simplicity are marvelous. Aside from such artwork painted in situ, Mari also paints on paper, using highly diluted acrylic with the same subtlety, the same ideal keenness and the same delicacy, bringing to life shapes that balance one another in a clever and delightful imbalance.
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extract, published in Soon 21

Personnal exhibitions

2017
Galerie Eric Dupont, Paris, France
2016
«Space Parts», Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, NYC, USA
2015
«Parcelles d'espaces», Galerie Richard, Paris, France
«Mari Minato» presented by Gilles Fuchs, Premier Regard gallery, Paris, France

Permanent installations

2015
«Dérives», invited by TERRAIN Architects, AUdormitory, Nansana, Uganda
2014
« Formes sans fin », Necker hospital, Paris, France
2012
Untitled ∀1, private apartment, Paris, France
2010
« Saint-Hilaire de Soisay », Soisay manor, La Perrière, France

Selected art fairs

2016
«Art Brussels 2016», Eric Dupont Gallery, Brussels
«Artist on one man show | Drawin Now Paris», Eric Dupont Gallery, Paris, France
2015
«Cho Kyoto | Art Kyoto 2015», Kyoto, Japan
2014
Montrouge Salon auction, Ville de Montrouge, France
2013
«Art On Paper +1», Brussels, Belgium
2012
«Art Nagoya 2012», Nagoya, Japan
«Chic Dessin», contemporary drawing cabinet, Atelier Richelieu, Paris, France
«Art Fan : Tohoku Daishinsai donation project», Tokyo Art Fair, Tokyo, Japan
2011
«Chic Dessin», contemporary drawing cabinet, Atelier Richelieu, Paris, France
«Drawing Now», contemporary drawing fair, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France

Selected artist RESIDENCIES

2011-13
«idem paris» workshop, Paris, France
2013
«Ancienne école de Saint-Hilaire», Pluméliau, Brittany, France
2012
«Notre-Dame du Cloître Chapel», Quistinic, Brittany, France
2012
«Saline Royale d'Arc-et-Senans», Franche-Compté, France
2010
«Soisay manor», La Perrière, France

Conferences

2014
«Conférence d’artistes #3», Millefeuilles, Nantes, France

Selected group exhibitions

2016
«L’Art dans les Chapelles 25e édition», Jean Fournier Gallery (Paris) Bains-Douches (Pontivy), France
2015
«60ème Salon de Montrouge», Montrouge Belfry, Montrouge, France
«A3 projects», Voice Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
2014
«59ème Salon de Montrouge», Montrouge Belfry, Montrouge, France
«A3 projects», Voice Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
2013
«Traversée d'archipels», Galerie 65, Le Havre, France
«De la lenteur avant toute chose», invited by Portraits, Espace ABCD, Montreuil, France
«Furumaï-Modèle», Ota Fine Arts Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
«Bicycle Will», Galerie E.G.P, Paris, France
«Miniartextil», Yukiko Kawase gallery, Paris, France
2012
«L’Art dans les Chapelles 21e édition», Pays de Pontivy, Brittany, France
«Est-Ouest», Saint Germain-en-Laye, France
Green Project 2012, Voice Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
«Blind Spot», Yukiko Kawase gallery, Paris
«Tranches de carrés sur Tranches de cercles», Arc-et-Senans Royal salt works, France
«Au-Delà des Clichés», Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, Paris, France
«Lightness», Less Is More Projects, Paris, France
«Little Fukushima», Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
«Les Phenomènes s’émuent», Kcua Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
2011
Kyoto "Nuit Blanche" 2011, Kansai French-Japanese Institute, Kyoto, Japan
«Desiderata», Yukiko Kawase gallery, Paris, France
«D'insensés Desseins», Galerie Daniez & De Charette, Paris, France
«Small Is Beautiful», Galerie LMD, Paris
2010
«Drawing room», Galerie Nomade et Ephémère, Paris, France
European Heritage Days at Soisay manor, La Perrière, France
«Mouvement des atomes, mobilité des formes», quai Malaquais, 6e Paris, France
2009
Jean-Michel Alberola's studio exhibition, ENSBA, Paris, France
2007
« 5 feminine artists from different countries », ENSBA, Paris, France
2005
SOUGA, Kyoto museum, Kyoto, Japan
Shibunkaku museum exhibition, Bijutuso-zousha, Kyoto, Japan
2004
« On japanese paintings », Honmachi gallery, Osaka, Japan
2003
» 6 young artists », Kyoto Beaux-arts University, Kyoto, Japan

EDUCATION

2010-2011
Post-Diploma at Paris School of Fine Arts
2007-2009
Paris School of Fine Arts Diploma with Highest honour , Jean-Michel Alberola studio
2006-2007
Paris School of Fine Arts, Paris, exchange student
2004-2006
M.F.A Japanese Traditionnal Painting, Kyoto University of Fine Arts, Japan
2000-2004
B.F.A Japanese Traditionnal Painting, Kyoto University of Fine Arts, Japan
1997-2000
Doda School of Fine Arts and Traditinnal Arts, Kyoto, Japan

Collections

Public
Hôpital Necker - Enfants Malades
Private
France
Japan
USA
Uganda
Singapour