b. 1994, Tokyo, Japan
Etsu Egami, graduated with a B.F.A. from the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) specializing in Oil Painting in 2016. She graduated with an M.F.A. at CAFA under the mentor of artist Liu Xiao Dong and studied in HFG in Germany. She is now in New York dispatched as a talented artist by Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan Government. Etsu Egami currently lives and works between Tokyo and New York.
Growing up in the United States and Europe, and currently living and working in China, Etsu Egami experienced various communication barriers she encountered as a result. She felt that languages can “only be sensed, not explained”, thus becoming more interested in the discipline of language and communication. Etsu’s works comprise of various media forms, such as voice, video, and drawings, through which she strives to question human’s instincts and the authenticity of communication. Curator of Pompidou art center Julie said about her, “I saw all these specificities as a source, not only of misunderstanding but also of creation and richness in people’s relationships. “Chinese curator Feng Bo Yi also said “Etsu’s creation is about the concept and the significance of ‘communication’. Through the paintings and videos which embodies these mishearing games, as well as the evolution of times, the clashes between civilizations, we acquire a discourse on the barriers in language communications, and subsequently even trigger a crisis.”
Selected solo exhibitions include “Etsu Egami: Obsession and Qusetion, New Hoorizons of Modern Painting”, Hiroshima Woodone Museum (Japan, 2022); “Rainbow”, Tang Contemporary Art, Seoul (Korea, 2022); “You Laugh, You Lose – Etsu Egami’s eyes on modernity”, New Art Lab, Tokyo (Japan, 2022); A2Z PARIS (Paris, 2022); “Etsu Egami: Rainbow”, Whitestone Gallery Karuizawa (Japan, 2022); “Etsu Egami: In a Moment of Misunderstanding, All the Masks Fall”, Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing (China, 2021); “RAINBOW- ETSU EGAMI”, Whitestone gallery Taipei, Taipei (China, 2021); “Face book- EGAMI ETSU”, ChambersFineArt, New York (USA, 2021), etc.
Her works have also been exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Grand Palais in Paris, the Ueno no Mori Museum of Art, the UNESCO Museum of Culture, the Asian Art Institute in Chicago, the Japan Foundation for Contemporary Art, the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, the Korea Cultural Agency, the Tomioka Museum of Art in Japan, the Nanjo Museum of Art in Japan, the Japan-China Friendship Museum in Tokyo, the China Oil Painting Institute Museum, the 2nd Beijing International Media The 2nd Beijing International Media Art Biennale, The 3rd CAFAM Biennale, Tianjin Ancient Coastal Culture Museum, Beijing Tree Museum, Yanhuang Museum of Art, Yuandian Museum of Art, Today Art Museum, Korea Makgol Museum of Art, Para Site Art Space, Hong Kong, etc.
RAINBOW: Etsu Egami Solo Exhibition
Curated by Cui Cancan
Post-me Generation: How to write about young artists
Alessandio Gianni、Chen Yingjie、Diren Lee、Etsu Egami、Gongkan、Hao Zecheng、Hou Jianan、Jade Ching-yuk Ng、Jia Yirui、Kitti Narod、Liao Man、Olivier Souffrant、Suntur、Wang Xiyao、Wendimagegn Belete、Yang Bodu、Zhang Zhanzhan
7.24 - 8.20, 2022
Beijing Headquarters Gallery Space
In a Moment of Misunderstanding, All the Masks Fall
Curated by Cui Cancan
12.18, 2021 - 1.15, 2022
Beijing 1st Space & 2nd Space
Chen Ruofan, Etsu Egami, Kaito Itsuki, Wang Xuebing, Wang Xiyao, Yan Bingqian
Curated by Lu Xiangyi
3.18 - 4.17, 2021