Mahomi Kunikata, Japanese (1979 - )

Mahomi Kunikata

Born in Kanagawa in 1979, Kunikata graduated from Nippon Design School with a major in illustration. Her work draws heavily from erotic manga. She participated in Murakami’s art seminar Geijutsu Dojo in 2000, and was specially invited to participate in Geijutsu Dojo Exhibition, which marked her debut. Her work was included in the Little Boy show at the Japan Society, and garnered attention for its otaku sensibilities.

Heavily influenced by the otaku culture of sexually explicit manga, Kunikata’s work adopts the genre’s conventions to explore and communicate issues of abandonment, masochism, and depression. Often filling notebook after notebook with nightmarish depictions of cruelty, Kunikata’s personal drive to produce drawings overpowers the careful, methodical approach necessary to produce a professional comic work. The result is raw, powerful, and innovative.
Introduced to the art world through Takashi Murakami’s GEISAI event and its precursor Geijutsu Dojo, Kunikata has shown her work in several group exhibitions internationally, including Little Boy at the Japan Society in New York and J’en Rêve at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris

Education
2000 Graduated from the Department of Graphic Design, Nippon Design
College

Solo Exhibitions
2006 Reflex Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
GEISAI#9, Tokyo, Japan
2005 Mahomi Kunikata Solo Exhibition, Kaikai Kiki Booth, NADA Art Fair,
Miami, FL

Group Exhibitions
2007 Art Amsterdam, Amsterdam RAI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Art Rotterdam, Cruise Terminal, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
The Door Into Summer: The Age of Micropop, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki,
Japan
2006 VOLTAshow02, Basel, Switzerland
Agnes Art Fair, Tokyo, Japan
2005 Kaikai Kiki Exhibition, Aoi Gallery, Osaka, Japan
J’en Reve, Foundation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris
Little Boy: The Art’s of Japan’s Exploding Subculture, Japan Society, New
York, NY
2004 Tokyo Girls Bravo New York, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
2003 GEISA 4, Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, Japan
Hope – The Future is in Our Hands, LAFORET Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan
GEISA 3, Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan
2002 Tokyo Girls Bravo 2, NADiff, Tokyo, Japan
2000 Geijutso Dojo Exhibition, LAFORET Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan

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