KURODA Aki 黒田アキ
He was born in 1944 in Kyoto; he is a multidisciplinary Japanese artist who lives and works in Paris. He was raised in a family that was very open to European culture. He likes to say that he started to paint the day he could hold a brush.
After several trips to France, he settled in Paris in 1970. His first solo exhibition was held in 1978 in Germany. In 1980, he was selected for the 11th Biennale de Paris and in 1994 for the Sao Paulo Biennial. He had numerous solo exhibitions in Europe, Japan, Brazil, USA, China, including at the National Museum of Bratislava in 1992 or the National Museums of Modern Art in Tokyo and Osaka in 1993 /94.
Since 1992, parallel to his painting, He began creating performances that mix different art forms. He also collaborates with famous personalities of the artistic world, like Angelin Preljocaj (Parade, Opéra de Paris and Avignon Festival in 1993) or architects — Tadao Ando and Richard Rogers in Japan.
He also worked for several public and private commissions, like murals for the Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci, the Cultural House of Japan in Paris, the coffee shop in the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg, the City of Paris and many others.
He is also closely linked to the literary community. In 1985, he edited the “Noise”, a newspaper that involved, among others, Jacques Derrida and Michel Serres. His works also inspired Marguerite Duras, Michel Foucault or Pascal Quignard.