Leiko Ikemura was born in 1951 in the small city of Tsu in Japan. She left to study in Spain, from 1973 to 1978, at the Academia de Bellas Artes in Granada and Seville. In 1979, she moved to Zurich, where she lived and worked for four years. In 1980 Leiko Ikemura produced the first of her paintings she regarded as valid statements of her intentions; lively, at once invigorating and disturbing, occasionally reminiscent of fairy-tales. In them Leiko Ikemura tells of dreams, struggles and conflicts. In 1983 her work was shown at the ‘Bonn Kunstverein’ in Germany, at her first public solo exhibition, comprising twenty-nine paintings and thirty drawings.

Numerous exhibitions followed, in which she showcased both her paintings, and sculptures, which she started doing in 1987. She found the step to sculpture enormously productive since it provided space for experimentation with composition and form, which in turn influenced her painting. 
Leiko Ikemura’s metaphorical figures also represent the loss of cultural identity, as well as the blurring of boundaries and dissolution of polarities. The artist sees herself as crossing boundaries, as an intermediary between Japanese and Western cultures. Ikemura uses the female figure as subject matter in most of her work. Her paintings are a symphony of colour, an abstracted universe of blurred lines and contours, almost dreamy in their quiet, delicate treatment.

Since 1991, Leiko Ikemura has been a professor of painting at Berlin University of the Arts. She lives and works in Cologne and Berlin.

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Leiko Ikemura

Till 30 October 2014

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Leiko Ikemura

 
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Leiko Ikemura

 
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Leiko Ikemura

 
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Leiko Ikemura
Floating Orange Head, edition 2007,
Tempera and pastel on canvas
50 x 60 cm
Photo credit: Anna Wasilewski