Araki Nobuyoshi

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Nobuyoshi Araki was born in 1940 in Tokyo, Japan. He graduated from Chiba University in 1963. He currently lives and works in Tokyo.

Sex and death are central themes in Araki’s work; he has an abiding fascination with female genitalia and women’s bodies in Japanese bondage, flowers, food, his cat, faces, and Tokyo street scenes, and with his often-controversial approach, he presents a blend of these elements before our eyes.

Nobuyoshi Araki has held countless exhibitions, and his work has been collected by museums around the world. His solo exhibitions include “Nobuyoshi Araki Photobook Exhibition” (Izu Photo Museum, Shizuoka), “Nobuyoshi Araki: Self, Life, Death” (The Barbican Art Gallery, London), “Hana-Jinsei” (Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo), “Tokyo Still Life” (Ikon Gallery, Birmingham), “Nobuyoshi Araki” (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent), “ARAKI Nobuyoshi Sentimental Photography, Sentimental Life” (Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo), “Tokyo Comedy” (Wiener Secession, Vienna), “Journal intime” (Fondation Cartier pour I’art contemporain, Paris), and “Akt-Tokyo: Nobuyoshi Araki 1971-1991″ (Forum Stadtpark, Graz).

Araki won the prestigious Taiyo Award, the Shashin-no-kai Society of Photography Award, the Seventh Higashikawa Prize, the Japan Inter-Design Forum Grand Prix, the Austrian Decoration of Honor for Science and Arts, and the Mainichi Art Award.