Keita Miyazaki (b. 1983; Tokyo, Japan) lives and works between Tokyo and London.
Miyazaki studied at Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan (2003-2015) and at the Royal College of Art, UK (2011- 2013). The artist recently completed a PhD in craft metal casting in Tokyo.
Keita Miyazaki’s sculptures feature materials whose association suggests strident discord and unfamiliar visual language. Discarded car engine components are welded together and then combined with coloured origami-like folded paper and sewn felt, fashioning sculptures of contradiction and aesthetic intrigue. An element of sound inspired by the jingles found in Japanese supermarkets and metro stations is often incorporated through small speakers echoing the cacophonic persistence of city life and the banalisation of daily existence. The juxtaposing of solid and universal materials such as metal against light and fragile paper and felt, escape formal paradigms, rather evoking a sense of post-apocalyptic reconciliation. Signaling a formal departure from his hybrid biomorphic sculptures, Miyazaki’s latest body of work draws on the ‘Vanitas’ of seventeenth century Dutch painting igniting profound philosophical meditations on the transience of human existence.
Collections & Awards //
Miyazaki’s work forms part of numerous private collections in the UK, Japan, USA, Switzerland and UAE. Museum and corporate collections include; Victoria & Albert Museum, Daiwa Foundation, Mori Arts Centre Japan, Aoyama Spiral Hall Japan, Ogi Kankou Ltd, Sado Island, Niigata Prefecture Japan, Mortimer Collection London.
His sculptures were most recently exhibited during the Venice Biennale 2017 at Palazzo Sant’Apollonia. In 2015 a large-scale work by Miyazaki was shortlisted and presented in the context of Sculpture in the City (London). Miyazaki was commissioned as one of the featured artists alongside Joan Miró, Jaume Plensa, Karl Karner, Steven Naifeh for the ‘By the Waterside’ programme at Art International in Istanbul (2014).
Miyazaki shall present his work at Palais De Tokyo in June 2018 as part of a curated exhibition by Jean De Loisy.