Galerie Fons Welters - Amsterdam

Ryo Kinoshita


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Born in Japan, 1985
Lives and works in Düsseldorf (DE)

In his practice, Ryo Kinoshita focuses on the qualities of painting by investigating its materiality and relation to sculpture. The difference between the two classical painting carriers paper and canvas form a starting point, leading to the understanding that the structure of the canvas fabric, as opposed to dense paper, is permeated with gaps. It is this permeability that opened up the medium of painting for Kinoshita. In his painting process, the sensory, and more specifically the haptic quality of the material consequently plays a central role.
Kinoshita’s recent attention for the significance of the painting carrier influenced his perception of the material. His interest shifted from the material applied to the canvas, to the canvas itself, perceiving the canvas not just as a surface but rather as a porous layer through which the colours can move from front to back and vice versa. This movement connects the space in front of the work with the space behind it, extending the painting into the sculptural.

2018 Akademie Brief and Meisterschüler from Prof. Tomma Abts, DE
2012-2018Kunstakademie Düsseldorf / DE, under Prof. Tal R (-14), Enrico David  (14-15),Prof. Tomma Abts (15-18)
2011 MA, Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts, JP
2009 BA, Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts, JP

2013-2014 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), DE

Solo exhibitions

‘Our whisper is thinner than yours’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL

‘you no we yes’, BaustelleSchaustelle, Essen, DE
‘We Put Away Former Ourselves’, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
‘P o E’, sonneundsolche, Düsseldorf, DE

Group exhibitions

‘Into Distance’, Kunsthaus Essen, DE (forthcoming)
‘I’m Nobody! Who Are You?, DASH/Rhizome, Kortrijk, BE
Kerstin Brätsch, Ryo Kinoshita, Sarah Ksieska, Natasja Mabesoone and Anh Trần’ Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL

‘友達と – “tomodachi to”. With friends’, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, DE
’75th International Bergisch Art Exhibition’, Kunstmuseum Solingen, DE 

‘Peggy’, Strizzi, Cologne, DE
‘Planet 58’, K21 Kunstsammlung NRW, Düsseldorf, DE

‘Shitting Ghosts’, oMo artspace, Berlin, DE
‘Discover New Art’, Ville Adelheidsert, Bad Homburg, DE

‘Do not persecute me’, Kunstim Hafen, Düsseldorf, DE
‘Vertrauen’, Kunst im Tunnel(KiT), Düsseldorf, DE
‘in klarer Luft über grauem Grund’, Kurzfilmkeller, Hamburg, DE

‘Blue Birds’, Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, Aichi, JP
Verbindung, My Carrara, Düsseldorf, Germany
Thin Wisper: Ryo Kinoshita-Shigeru Takato, Asta-Raum, Düsseldorf, Germany
MITTAGTISCH, Ladybug House. San Francisco, USA
Junge Kunst aus der Akademie, PWC, Düsseldorf, Germany

AKZO Nobel Art Foundation, The Netherlands
ING Art Collection, The Netherlands