To Dream, to Collect




November 10th - December 22nd 2016    



Theca Gallery

22 Tadino street

Milan (IT)



On occasion of the 150th Anniversary of Commercial Relationship between Japan and Italy, Theca Gallery Milano presents the solo show by its japanese artist, Ohya Masaaki: Minima Naturalia, with a catalog and an essay by the art critic Stefano Roberto Mazzatorta.

Ohya Masaaki is a Japanese artist specialized in print making. The artist was born and raised in Zama City, Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan in 1972. He holds a 1998 MA in Painting from Tama Art University, Tokyo, having studied etching under Professor Yukio Fukazawa, Mayumi Morino and Tatsumasa Watanabe. In 2001 he was a member of the operating committee for the Tokyo International Miniprint Triennial. He has taken part in international exhibitions and won the high praise of many art critics. He won The Grand Prize at The International Mini Print Cluj – Napoca in Rumania in 1997. Since 1997 he has won different awards including 2007 the 14th International Print Biennal Varna, the 13th Taiwan Biennale (2008), the 9th Graphic Biennale at Uzice, Serbia (2009) and Premio Combat, Italy (2014). Ohya Masaaki has held many solo exhibitions in Japan and Europe, amongst other main solo shows were hosted at Yoseido Gallery (2016) and Shonandai Gallery (2016), both in Tokyo (Japan). Several Museum Collections owns his artworks such as Sakima Museum at Okinawa (Japan), the Vilnius Graphics Centre (Lithuania) and Bronx Museum of the Arts (USA).

The artist is at his second exhibition with Theca Gallery, first solo show in Milan (Italy), following the 2014 exhibition hosted by Theca at its space in Lugano (Switzerland), Nature Beyond Time and Space.

On occasion of the new show, Theca Gallery presents some new engraving artworks compared to the old ones, joined to three sculpures from the cycle A Thought on Observing Time After 3.11. Amongst other works will be shown the series Permanent Power Y (2001), A Priori Towane 06-2 (2006) and the Copperplate drawing n.28 (2011), winner artworks presented at Combat Prize (Italy) in 2014. 


 Ohya Masaaki - Minima Naturalia. Courtesy: Theca Gallery Milan



Ohya Masaaki - Minima Naturalia. Courtesy: Theca Gallery Milan



Ohya Masaaki - Minima Naturalia. Courtesy: Theca Gallery Milan 



 Ohya Masaaki - Minima Naturalia. Courtesy: Theca Gallery Milan

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