Naoki Funakoshi Art Works

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This unique collection showcases 95 carefully selected works of Naoki Funakoshi, who passed away in 2017 at the age of 64.

Naoki Funakoshi was born into an artistic family, with his father being the sculptor Yasutake Funakoshi and his brother the artist Katsura Funakoshi. Following in the footsteps of his father and brother, Naoki naturally entered the world of creation. He effortlessly navigated between sculpture and painting, producing a wide range of works that were not confined to any single form. His creations are known for their freshness and mythical qualities.

The book also features texts by his friend and painter O JUN, his brother Katsura Funakoshi, and art critic Toshiaki Minemura. Additionally, it includes words by Naoki Funakoshi himself, offering a deeper insight into his life and work. This collection serves as a significant testament to Naoki Funakoshi’s artistic legacy, showcasing his unique and varied contributions to the world of art.

Release Date:
April, 2021

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Naoki Funakoshi

1953: Born on January 14th in Sakura 1-chome, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, the third son of Yasutake and Michiko Funakoshi. Baptismal name Michael. Was a member of the rugby team during high school.

1978: Graduated from the Painting Department of Tokyo Zokei University, then traveled from India to Europe.

1983: Held the Funakoshi Naoki Exhibition at the Miyuki Gallery in Ginza.

1989: Participated in the 25th “Today’s Artist” exhibition at the Yokohama Citizens Gallery with the work “Sign of the Tortoise.”

1991: Exhibited at the Setagaya Art Museum’s Setagaya Art Exhibition ’91 (continued exhibiting until 2006).

1996: Received the Heisei 8 Iwate Prefecture Art Selection Award. Installed the outdoor sculpture “Summer Night” in the courtyard of the Niigata Prefectural Museum of Art.

2000: Held the O JUN & Funakoshi Naoki Exhibition at Toki no Wasuremono in Aoyama, Tokyo.

2010: 15 of his works were collected for the exhibition “Contemporary Art ‘Do (Way)?'” at the Nerima Art Museum in Nerima/Tokyo (February 21 – March 28).

2012: Four pieces were purchased by the Iwate Prefectural Museum of Art (nine more pieces purchased in 2014).

2015: Gave a lecture titled “Respond to This Person’s Voice. Vol.22 Final Funakoshi Naoki” at Tokyo University of the Arts on December 8.

2017: Passed away from lung cancer at the age of 64 on May 6.

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Weight 1001 g

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