Kazumi Tanaka

Kazumi Tanaka, silk fabric made with Shibori-Zome technique (traditional Japanese resist and dye processes), 2014. Silk. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.

Artist Bio

Japanese, born 1962, lives and works in Beacon, New York.  

Kazumi Tanaka graduated from Osaka University of Arts in 1985, later relocating to New York in 1987, where she studied sculpture at the New York Studio School (1987 – 1990). Employing both ancient and modern sculpting techniques, Tanaka creates intricate and conceptually complex works that often involve childhood memories of Japan and address cultural differences between Eastern and Western livelihoods. Solo shows of her work include the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (1993); Beacon Project Space, Beacon, New York (2002); and the Russel Wright Design Center, Garrison, New York (2018). Tanaka has participated in numerous residencies, including the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine (1990); the United Society of Shakers, Sabbathday Lake, Maine (1996); in Salem, Germany (2010, 2012); Art Omi in New York (2013); Visual Arts Fellowship at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy (2014); and the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire (2015).