Satoshi Koyama; Life City Series
Public Collections, eg.
The National Museum of Modern Art, Osaka
Kitasato Institute Medical Center
Kanazawa Institute of Technology
Keiju Medical Center
Kobe City (Koiso Memorial Museum of Art)
Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto
Shironoue Elementary School (Koshigaya City)
Kawaura Junior High School (Amakusa City)
Several well renowned Book Cover Designs
1953 - Born Amakusa, Kumamoto Prefecture
1977 - Exhibition of Ichiyo (-1983). Member of Ichiyo-kai in1982.
1979 - The 23rd and the 24th Exhibition of Shell Art Prize, Tokyo/3rd Prize. The 14th Kanagawa Pref. Exhibition (Prize of Art Encouragement Association)
1980 - The 24th Exhibition of Shell Prize, Tokyo/3rd Prize. The 13th Tokyo Biennale (Tokyo National Museum of Art. Tokyo,
Osaka) (Award of National Museum of Art - 16th Exhibition)
1981 - Outstanding Rising Artists Exhibition of The Yasuda Fire and Marine Insurance Fine Art Foundation. Japan Art Festival (Tokyo, London, Osaka)
1983 - The 16th Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan (- 20th)
1985 - The 28th Yasui Award, Tokyo. The 1st and 2nd ABC and PI Exhibition (Osaka/ Excellence Award at the 1st Exhibition)
1986 -The 7th Contemporary Painting Exhibition of Japan (Ube, Yamaguchi)
1992 - The 1st International Contemporary Art Fair, Japan(NiCAF) (Shinobazu Booth, Yokohama)
1994 - The 37nd Yasui Award, Tokyo. Exhib. of Shigeru Aoki Gand Prize Tenri Biennale. The 12th Painting Exhibition of Izu Fine Art Museum (Excellence Award)
1995 - Art Museum (Excellence Award) Exhibition of Chu Asai Memorial Prize
1997 - Biennale Makurazaki “Art of Wind” (Kagoshima)
2000 - "ASEAN Art Now” at Las Vegas award.
The 5th Koiso Ryohei Award (Grand Prize) (Kobe,Asahikawa,Tokyo, Fukoka)
2003 - "Power of Kyushu" (Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto)
2007 - “Satoshi Koyama X Yayoi Kusama” (Shinobazu Gallery)
2011 - “Outcry of City” Satoshi Koyama (DOKA Contemporary Arts, Tokyo)
2012 - Duo Exhibition w. Hidetoshi Takahama “A Shape of Water & Life”, Nagasaki.
2014 - “Huge Power”, Kagoshima. Duo Exhibition w. Takamichi Ito “Wind and Light Flow through Life City”, Okayama.
2016 - 40th Anniversary Exhibition “Expose the City”, Ichiryusha Gallery, Tokyo.
Mr Satoshi Koyama was born and raised in Amakusa city, a small town, in the prefecture of Kumamoto (an island in Southern Japan). He grew up close to nature with great surroundings, and did not come in contact with Tokyo, the mega city, until in his early twenties. He was shocked: "My first impression of the huge city was unforgettable. The huge city seemed to continuously increase perpendicularly horizontally and filling crevices, islands, forests”.
‘Life City’ series which is the lifework of Mr Koyama was borne accidentally in late 1970s. Aerial photography of Tokyo and a view from Kasumigaseki Building which was the tallest building in Japan at that time was the starting point for paintings in the ‘Life City series’.
Mr Koyama claim that in the present age a city should be the place where people are supported equally, while considering the continuous struggle and delicate balances between economic growth and use of space for buildings etc., as well as the balance between basic requirements for people and nature to survive and flourish.
His work in the ‘Life City Series’ raises the ever so valid question about how sustainable mega city growth models should be to balance with nature – How to obtain symbiosis between various interests which may well include significant undertakings to reserve, give rebirth, or reclaim areas as well as to over time review and balance cities growth with requirements for sustainable and acceptable life conditions.
One of the key objectives of contemporary art is to provoke, raise awareness, make us think and discuss, thus making us emotionally engaged on a deeper level,
Mr Koyama’s artwork certainly does that!