Shoko Taruma


As one of the senses of beauty that Japanese have fostered aligned with the principles of nature since old times, there is the perception of finding beauty inside the “darkness.” Traditional Japanese houses that have a certain dimness, the effects that can be created in poor light, the surfaces of Japanese lacquer wares that have been created considering how the light of a lamp reflects on them, a use of color that seems as if several layers of “darkness” overlapped. This sense of beauty is called the “worship of shadows.” Influenced by this, Shoko Taruma announces works of contemporary art that realize the flow of the present based on the well-tried principle of “shadow.”

Born in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
Kyoto City University of Arts, MFA

Solo Exhibitions

SHOKO TARUMA – STREAM, The Muse Gallery, London, UK
Lacquer and worship of shadows, Gallery SUUJIN, Kyoto, Japan
Stream 2, Arton Art Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
Substantiality and Black, Gallery Haku, Osaka, Japan
Liquid 2, Dohjidai Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
Liquid 1, Arton Art Gallery, Kyoto, Japan

Group Exhibitions


TEFAF Maastricht, MECC Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Art Rhizome Kyoto, Kyoto Amplitude, Kyoto, Japan
Seattle Art Fair, Lumen Field Event Center, Seattle, USA
artKYOTO, Nijo-Jo Castle, Kyoto, Japan
D-arat Matsuzakaya Nagoya, Matsuzakaya Nagoya, Nagoya, Japan
West Bund Art & Design 2023, West Bund Art Center, Shanghai, China


TEFAF Maastricht, MECC Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Masterpiece London, The Royal Hospital Chelsea London, London, UK
The Future Eternal – DESINGART TOKYO, A Lighthouse called Kanata, Tokyo, Japan
West Bund Art & Design 2022, West Bund Art Center, Shanghai, China
Asian Art in London 2022, Gallery 8, London, UK
Kameoka Kiri Art Festival – Joseki Exhibition, Tamba Kameyama Castle Ruins, Kyoto, Japan


West Bund Art & Design 2021, West Bund Art Center, Shanghai, China
RE:OPENING CEREMONY, A Lighthouse called Kanata, Tokyo, Japan
Next Generation, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main store, Tokyo, Japan
Kyomono des Takumi, GINZA TSUTAYA BOOKS, Tokyo, Japan
group exhibition, Takashimaya Department Store, Kyoto, Japan
Encounter, Gallery Baiken, Kyoto, Japan
Group exhibition, Takashimaya Department Store gallery, Nihonbashi Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Japan


Collect, Somerset House, London, UK
Savoir-faire des Takumi, Ateliers de Paris, France / Nihonbashi Takashimaya department store gallery, Tokyo, Japan


Asia Now – Paris Asian Art Fair, Paris, France
Space and Shadow, Gallery NU, Daegu, South Korea
Infinity Japan 2019, Millennium Hotel Taichung, Taiwan
Master Jewely & Craft Show Taiwan, Shin Kong MITSUKOSHI, Taipei, Taiwan
Stream, The Gallery by SOIL, Hong Kong
Selected Emerging Artists Exhibition 2019, The Museum of Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan


3 Dimensions, The Muse Gallery, London, UK
Art fair Asia Fukuoka 2018, Hotel Okura Fukuoka, Fukuoka, Japan
Selected Emerging Artists Exhibition 2018, The Museum of Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
Niseko winter season exhibition, Kiyoe Gallery, Hokkaido, Japan


Art Fair Sapporo, Cross Hotel Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Kobe Art Marche, Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel, Hyogo, Japan
The Joint Exhibition of Urushi Artists, The former Akai House, Mie, Japan
Gallerism 2017, Pias Gallery, Osaka, Japan


Art Rainbow Project, Kunsthalle Rostock, Rostock, Germany
East-West Art Award 2016 Exhibition for Finalists, La Galleria, London, UK
Explore the Future of Urushi Art, Wajima Museum of Art, Ishikawa, Japan


UK-Japan Exchange Exhibition, POSK Gallery, London, UK
WHITE,The Muse Gallery, London, UK
Formative Art 2015, Dojidai Gallery, Kyoto, Japan


The Joint Exhibition of Rising Artists produced by SOKO-KAI, The Museum of Kyoto, Japan

Selected Awards

The Best Young Artist Award, City of Kyoto
Takesada Matsutani Prize, Formative Art 2015
Encouragement Prize, EAST-WEST ART AWARD
Mayor’s Prize, Kyoto City University of Arts Annual Exhibition

Selected Commision Works

Skye Niseko, Japan