haruka makita

Haruka Makita


Focusing on images of women with old-fashioned nihongami hairstyles as her primary motif, Haruka Makita's works explore the thematic line between kawaii (cute) and kowai (frightening).

Her works on paper, rendered in acrylic, ink, suihi e-nogu and other traditional materials reflect the influence of ukiyoe and bijinga. By combining her own unique aesthetic, cultivated in the internet age, with the expressive techniques of nihonga, her women evoke both tradition and the collective emotions of young girls living today.

The fine detail and accomplished nature of her work earned her early attention and she began exhibiting as an artist while still attending university. Lately she has expanded her range to include images of women in student uniforms and western clothes in addition to kimono.

2011 Graduated from Kyoto Seika University, Department of Visual Design, Illustration Course
1988 Born in Kyoto Prefecture
Solo Exhibitions
2013 "Tokotowa" Hidari Zingaro, Tokyo
2012 "Taoyame" Kaikai Kiki Gallery Taipei, Taipei
2010 "Onna no Ko no Nakami" Billiken Shokai, Tokyo
Group Exhibitions
2013 "Art Basel Hong Kong" Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, Hong Kong
"SP Arte" Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo, São Paulo
"ART STAGE SINGAPORE" Marina Bay Stands, Singapore
2012 "ob, JNTHED, Haruka Makita" Hidari Zingaro Berlin, Berlin
"SCOPE BASEL" SCOPE BASEL Pavilion, Basel, Switzerland
"SP-Arte" Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo, São Paulo
"ART STAGE SINGAPORE" Marina Bay Stands, Singapore
2011 "VOLTA7" Dreispitzhalle, Switzerland
"Young Art Taipei," Dynasty Hotel, Taipei
"Nihonga ZERO [Kansai region]" Hidari Zingaro, Tokyo
"Mayuten" kyoto silk, Kyoto
"Kyoto Seika University Graduation Exhibition" Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto
"Sailor suit Complex" Billiken Shokai , Tokyo
“’Tis Art,” Hidari Zingaro, Tokyo
2010 “Wassyoi#,” 0000 Gallery, Kyoto
“Manpukuji Art Festival,” Manpukuji, Kyoto
“¥2010 exhibition –Final,” Daimaru Shinsaibashiten, Osaka
“wassyoi+,” 0000 Gallery, Kyoto
“Chaos Lounge 2010 ‘Kaosura!’,” 0000 Gallery, Kyoto
“Chaos Lounge (Spring),” Billiken Shokai, Tokyo
“¥2010 exhibition -Spring 2010,” 0000 Gallery, Kyoto
2009 “Hachiten,” Kaleidoscope Museum of Kyoto, Kyoto
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