Akiko Keira
Tokyo, Japan
Lives and works in Chiba, Japan

EDUCATION: Women's College of Fine Arts, Japan

SOLO EXHIBITIONS: 2014 The room with Memories at Ishikawa's house in Gyoda, Saitama; 2013-2005 Kobo, Tokyo; 2003-2001 Space Kobo & Tomo, Tokyo

GROUP EXHIBITIONS: 2011 AN: collaboration between Drawings and Flute by Akiko Keira & Naoko Kamiya, café Pont-Aven, Kanagawa; 1993 KARUIZAWA DRAWING BIENNNALE 1993, Nagano

The 5th of TAMON Award: Award for excellence; The Graduation project Award, Women's College of Fine Arts: Award for excellence

The collection of Kashiwa city, Chiba

Arteles Creative Center, Hämeenkyrö, Finland

Akiko Keira


To Reduce the Distance

29.01.2018 to 23.02.2018

Akiko Keira is the first artist-in-residence from 2018


For many years I've been drawing with the aim of making“doodle art” worthy of appreciation as an art form.

However, after my first installation work for my private memory, it started having another meaning; I realized the significant influence location has on art. The next stage to explore other possibilities was Finland, a place I had never been before. My first work there was an attempt to counteract nature, which I saw as being greater than the humans it surrounded. Not surprisingly, nature had won. As a result I decided to make my second work closer to nature; I tried
to blend with nature rather than oppose it.

Argentina is one of the most distant countries from Japan; therefore I intend to blend or oppose the differences between the two countries to reduce the distance; to harmonize them at the end as a sequel to the work in Finland. This doesn't mean the geographical distance, but rather the emotional distance among the people of those two countries and whatnot. That could fit not only into two countries but also into current global issues. I hope to draw lines to connect the world everywhere.