2008 Bachelor of Japanese paintings - Tokyo University of the Arts
2011 Master of Restoration of affreschi paintings - International University of Art – Florence, Italy
2008 Winner of the Japanese "Horita Scholarship Foundation"
2010 Winner of Japanese Government Scholarship for Art studies
2020 Group exhibition"Bino-yokan”2020 Takashimaya Art Gallery (national tour exhibition) / Japan
2019 Solo exhibition "Trasparenze crepuscolari" Centro di cultura giapponese, Milan
2019 Duo exhibition "Seifu-meigetsu" Takashimaya Shinjuku Art Gallery, Tokyo
2019 Group exhibition "Stati d'Arte" Fidelia Palace / Spello
2019 Group exhibition"Finalist exhibition Arteamcup 2019" Nobel palace / Sanremo
2018 Solo exhibition"Natura sussurata" Corte degli Artisti gallery / Milan
2018 Group exhibition"Ko-kin" Paraventi giapponesi Nobili gallery / Milan
2018 Group exhibition "S’io m’intuassi, come tu t’immii” MostraMi, Fabbrica del vapore / Milan
2018 Group exhibition "Arte giapponese" Lante Palace / Rome
2017 Solo exhibition "Natura sussurrata" Frammenti d'Arte gallery / Rome
2017 Solo exhibition "Natura sussurrata" Studio Arti Floreali / Rome
2017 Group exhibition"Eterne stagione" Monferrato Palace / Alessandria
2017 Group exhibiton "Arte Migrante" la torre Viscontea / Lecco
2016 Group exhibition "Domani" Tokyo National Museum / Tokyo
2016 Group exhibition "Kimigayo" MABIC / Maranello
2016 Group exhibition "Arte giapponese" Art space spazioD/ Lecco
2015 Solo exhibition "Essenza della natura" Arte Giappone gallery, Milan
2015 Group exhibition "Esopo" Abantgarde tattoo and Art gallery / Sesto San Giovanni
2014 Group exhibition "Poetessa Rengetsu" Arte Giappone gallery / Milan
2013 Solo exhibition "Kacho-Fugetsu" Spazio porpora gallery / Milan
2012 Solo exhibition "Arte nella natura" Asteria Center / Milan
2012 Group exhibition "Beauty japan" Japan Matsuri fair / Bellinzona, Swissland
2010 Solo exhibition Lucca comics festival, Romano palace / Lucca
Other works / Colalborations
2020 Collaboration with TOMA Shoes for Milan Fashion Week
2019 Collaboration with TOMA Shoes for Milan Fashion Week
2019 Drowings with Sumi ink realized to the book "La vita del Poeta Basho e i suoi Haiku"
2016 Presentation "Materials of Japanese traditional paintings" at Luciana Matalon Foundation / Milan
2013 Art works made the cover of five Japanese food magazines / Italy
2012 Presentation "Traditional techniques and materials of Nihonga" at Wow Comics Museum / Milan
2012 Presentation "How was born the Manga through Hokusai" at Lucca Comics
2011 Illustrated artworks for “Vanity Fair” Magazine / Italy
2010 Holding Japanese traditional paintings courses at Japanese culture center, still does / Milan
2015 Winner of "The Adachi Contemporary Ukiyoe Award" , Tokyo, Japan
2018 Finalist, contemporary painting competition "S’io m’intuassi, come tu t’immii”
2019 Winner of Focus Genova award and Cabana award of Contemporary Art competition “Arteam Cup 2019”
Born in Japan in 1983, currently Shoko Okumura lives and works in Milan Italy.
Recipient of a distinguished government scholarship, in 2008 graduates with a Degree in Traditional Japanese Painting at Tokyo University of the Arts. Following her degree and subsequent move to Florence Italy to learn the art of fresco restorations, a newfound understanding of fresco techniques and colors led to experimenting and applying Italian pigments to Japanese painting techniques, which often utilizes metal supports such as gold or silver leaf.
The key aim is to represent the relationship between human beings and nature. Seasons passing, colors waning and sounds merging towards a renewed harmony have always, across all cultures, been a source both of art inspiration through its myriad of expressions and of deep emotions for souls open to the world’s wonders.
This style of painting is more demanding than what appears at first glance. An intent gazer must mesh palpable first impressions with subtle hints and allusions, thereby expanding one’s extrinsic perceptive vision, the image within the frame, to the inner self – of both artist and observer - to which the image truly appeals.