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Biography

Born in Shizuoka, Japan
1981
Immigrated to Canada
2000
Moved to Edmonton, Alberta
Since 2002
Resident of Vancouver, BC


Inventory Catalogue

Education
1982-1986 Master of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Studio Arts Program, Quebec, Canada
1970-1974 Bachelor of Arts, Musashino Art University, Plastic Arts Program, Tokyo, Japan
1968-1970 Atelier Furan Art School. Major in Drawing and Colour Composition, Tokyo, Japan
Solo and Two Person Exhibitions
2015
"The Life in Bhubaneswar", Art Beatus (Vancouver) Consultancy Ltd., Vancouver, Canada
2014
"Gods Bulls and Dogs", Lalit Kala Akademi Gallery, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
2013
"The Retrospective Show", The Edge Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2012
"Universos Reciprocos", collaboration monotypes with 9 artists, La Casa Azul, Real Del Monte, Hidalgo, Mexico
2011 "Arctic Experiences", National Nikkei Museum & Hertiage Centre, Burnaby, BC, Canada

"River of Spirit", Art Beatus (Vancouver) Consultancy Ltd., Vancouver, Canada
2008 "Familiar Ancestors", Britannia Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2007 "Weathering...with Barb Snyder", Dundarave Print Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2006 "Plants, Creatures and Other Animals with Miuh Yang", Art Beatus (Vancouver) Consultancy Ltd., Vancouver, Canada

"Return", Two-Person Show, Malaspina Printmakers Society Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

"Made In India", with Tomoyo Ihaya, Dundarave Print Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2005
"Duet", Monotype Works Collaboration with Eunjin Kim, Dundarave Print Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2004
"Dry Cold, Humid Hot, Windy Rainy", Dundarave Print Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2003 "Existence", Art Beatus, Vancouver, Canada
2002 "Ancestors", sumi-e paintings, Kitchen Gallery, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Canada
2000
"Water Cosmology", Snap Gallery, Edmonton, Canada

Two Person Show with Tomoyo Ihaya, Gallery Haoto, Shizuoka, Japan
1997 "Monotypes in Bharat Bhavan", ABN-AMRO Bank and Sarala's Art Center, Madras, India
1995
"Baffin Island to Brazil", Paintings, Prints & Collage, Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver, Canada

Yuba Series - Paintings, Yuba Art Studio, Sao Paulo, Brazil
1994 Recent Prints, Paintings & Drawings, Queen Elizabeth Theatre Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

"Fox Shrine", Recent Prints, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

"Yume", Recent Paintings & Drawings, Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Vancouver, Canada
1993 "Yago", Enamel Paintings, Dr. Vigari Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
1992 "La Vida Talavera", Watercolour Paintings, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, Canada
1991
Recent Prints, Dundarave Print Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

Sumi-e Paintings and Prints, Gateway Theatre Gallery, Richmond, Canada
1990
Recent Prints, Dundarave Print Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
1985 Shintoh Festival, Installation, Bourget Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
1984
Recent Paintings and Prints, Bourget Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
International Juried Group Exhibitions
2012
The 3rd Bangkok Triennial International Print and Drawing Exhibition, Thailand
2006
7th Bharat Bhavan International Biennial of Print-Art, Bhopal, India
2003
International Print Trienial 2003, Krakow, Poland

International Print & Drawing Exhibition, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
2001
Biennale International d’Estampe Contemporaine de Trois Rivieres, la Maison de la Culture de Trois Riveres, La Galerie d’art du Parc Quebec, Canada

Pacific Rim International Print Exhibition, Campus Center Gallery, Hilo and Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Kahului, Hawaii, USA
2000
Intergrafia, World Award Winners Gallery, Katowice, Poland

International Print Triennial 2000, Kracow, Poland

5th Sapporo International Print Biennale, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan

9th International Biennial Print & Drawing Exhibition: R.O.C., Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
1999
International Print Biennial Varna ’99, Art Gallery of Varna, Bulgaria

12th German International Exhibition of Graphic Art, Stadtsaal, Frechen, Germany

23rd International Biennial of Graphic Art, Museum of Modern Art International Centre of Graphic Art, Jakopic Gallery, Tivoli Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia

4th Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints, Ino Cho Paper Museum, Kochi, Japan

Pacific Rim International Print Exhibition, Campus Centre Gallery, Hilo, Hawaii
1998
5th Biennial of Graphic Art Beograd ’98, The Cvijeta Zuzoric Art Pavillion, Beograd, Yugoslavia

11th Tallinn Print Triennial, Tallinn, Estonia

4th Sapporo International Print Biennale, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan
1997
2nd International Triennial of Graphic Art, Bitola ’97, Republic of Macedonia

4th Bharat Bhavan International Biennial of Prints, Bhopal, India

International Print Triennial ’97, Kracow, Poland
1996
10th Seoul International Print Biennale ’96, Korea

11. Deutsche Internationale Grafik Triennale 1996, Stadtsaal, Frechen, Germany
1995
1st Tokyo International Mini-Print Triennial, Tama Art University Museum, Tokyo, Japan

1st International Triennial of Graphic Arts, Gallery of the Union of Bulgarian Artists, Shipka 6, Sophia, Bulgaria

Pacific Rim International Print Exhibition, Campus Centre Gallery, Hilo, Hawaii, USA
1994
9th Seoul International Print Biennale, I1 Min Cultural Centre, Seoul, Korea

International Print Triennial, Krakow ’94, Galeria BWA, Krakow, Poland
1993
6th International Biennial Print & Drawing Exhibit, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

2nd Sapporo International Print Biennale, Event Hall, Marui Imai, Inc., Sapporo, Japan
1991
5th International Biennial Print Exhibit, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

4th Biennial Exhibition of prints in Wakayama, Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, Japan
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017
"The Big Print Jazz Project", Fundraising Art Auction, Performance Works, Vancouver, Canada
2016
"The Winter Show", Art Beatus (Vancouver) Consultancy Ltd., Vancouver, Canada
2015
"30 Years", Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver, Canada

"ARTsySTEM: The Changing Climates of the Arts and Sciences", Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA

"Colours and Forms", Art Beatus (Vancouver) Consultancy Ltd., Vancouver, Canada
2009
"A Common Surface", Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver, Canada

"Drawn Together", In Conjunction with Drawn Festival, Art Beatus (Vancouver) Consultancy Ltd., Vancouver, Canada
2008
"Across", Asian Heritage Month Show, Dundarave Print Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2007
"Contemporary Curiosities", Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, Canada
2006-2007
"Buddha Enlightened 2006-2007", Bodh Gaya, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, India
2004
"Tis The Season", Four-Person Show, Art Beatus (Vancouver) Consultancy Ltd., Vancouver, Canada
2003
Toronto International Art Fair 2003, Toronto, Canada

The Great Canadian Printmaking Competition, Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, Canada

"Celebrating 20 years of Printmaking", Capilano College Art Institute, Gallery at Ceperley House, Burnaby, Canada

Art Chicago 2003, Chicago, USA
2002
"From the Archives: 20 Years of SNAP Shop Prints", Curated by Karen Dugas, SNAP Gallery, Edmonton, Canada

"Recollection Reconnection", Art Beatus (Vancouver) Consultancy Ltd., Vancouver, Canada
2001
"First Folio", Capilano College Art Gallery, North Vancouver, Canada

"Collected Works", Art Beatus (Vancouver) Consultancy Ltd., Vancouver, Canada
1994
Public Art & Art About Public Issues, Installation, Artropolis ’93, Vancouver, Canada
1992
"Kaleidoscope", Six-Person Exhibition, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, Canada
1991
Medicine Hat Print Show, Medicine Hat Museum and Art Gallery, Alberta, Canada
1990
Monotypes, Patrick Doheny Fine Art, Vancouver, Canada
1987
Twelve Nikkei Artists, Robson Square Media Centre, Vancouver, Canada
1985
Tous l’ art du Monde 1985, La Galerie UQAM, Montreal, Canada
1984
"Graphex 9", Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford, Canada
1982
"The Garden", Installation, Bourget Gallery, Montreal, Canada
Awards and Grants
2005
British Columbia Arts Council Project Assistance for Visual  Artists Program ($5000)

Travel Grant, The Canada Council

Travel Grant, The Canada Council
2003
Ampornpisit Award, International print and Drawing Exhibition, Silpakorn University, Thailand

Second Prize, The Great Canadian Print Competition, Toronto, Canada
2002 Projects Visual Arts Grant and Purchase Prize, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Travel Grant, The Canada Council

2000

Travel Grant, The Canada Council
1999
Purchase Awards, Pacific Rim International Print Exhibition, Hilo, Hawaii
1998 Shirley Eastcott Memorial Scholarship, Capilano College Art Institute, North Vancouver, BC

Sponsor's Prize, The 4th Sappporo International Print Biennale, Sapporo, Japan
1997
Purchase Awards, Pacific Rim International Print Exhibition, Hilo, Hawaii
1995 Art Museum Award, the 1st Tokyo International Mini-Print Triennale, Tokyo, Japan

Purchase Awards, Pacific Rim International Print Exhibition, Hilo, Hawaii
Research Travel and Artist in Residence
2014
Bay Watch Residency, Puri Odisha, India. Traveling to Bangladesh and Yunnan in China.
2013-2014
Lalit Kala Akademi Graphic Studio, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
2012
Simbiosis/Symbiosis 2012, FRONDA, Hidalgo, Mexico
2012
Dreamland Art Studio, Mandalay, Myanmar
2010
Calanoa Amazonas, Leticia, Colombia
2010
Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts and Crafts, Pangnirtung, Nunavut, Canada
2009
La Ceiba Grafica, Ex-Hacienda de Orduña, Coatepec, Mexico
2007
Chiang Mai University Printmaking Studio, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2006
"Buddha Enlightened 2006", An International Art Project - Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India
2005
Bharat Bhavan Art Complex, Bhopal, India
2004
St. Michael's Print Shop, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
2003
Utah State University Printmaking Studio, Logan, Utah, USA
2002
Silpakorn University Printmaking Studio, Bangkok, Thailand
1997
Bharat Bhavan Graphic Studio, Bhopal, India
1997, 96
Baker Lake Print Studio, Baker Lake Nunavut, Canada
1995
Yuba Art Studio, Sao Paulo, Brazil
1995
Nunavut Arctic College Nunatta Campus Printmaking Studio, Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada
1992
Talavera Painting Studio, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
Collections

Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, Canada
Marie Eccles Caine Art Museum, Utah State University, USA
Ernst & Young Collection, Toronto, Canada
Krakow International Print Triennial, Poland
University of Alberta Print Library, Edmonton, Canada
Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton, Canada
Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Canada
J.R. Hokkaido Railway Company, Sapporo, Japan
State of Hawaii, Art in Public Places Relocatable Works Collection
Seymour Art Gallery, North Vancouver, Canada
Tama Art University Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Canada Council Art Bank
Richmond Art Gallery, Canada
Communautes Culturelles et de l'Immigration du Quebec, Canada
Private Collections in Canada, USA, Brazil and Japan

Artist Statement

Since I was a child, I have been interested in encountering something unknown. Looking for a large red crawfish in a clear water stream running in front of our house was the fascination in my early childhood.

After graduation from Musashino Art University in Tokyo, Japan, I started a period of "One Thousand Days" of art creation. I also gave myself a task of studying conversational Spanish, English and French Studies everyday with text books and cassette tapes for the same period of time, in order to travel around the globe and eventually live somewhere in a foreign land as an artist. About two hundred and fifty days later, I discovered my way of searching the unknown it was an unpremeditated one-line drawing, which took me on a journey to develop my own way of drawing and painting.

In 1981, I immigrated to Canada. I went to English School for nine months in Toronto, then French School for seven months in Montreal. In the meantime thinking in Japanese, my mother tongue, slowed down. Getting to learn new languages and their cultures took a long time and I am still learning 20 years later. As most immigrants feel that they don't have the comprehensive language knowledge in either language in comparison to the same age group of people in both societies, I feel I am about ten years behind in a brain development in both languages. However, I can communicate in three languages, and I have used these gained skills and experiences when I was in an artist in residence in a foreign country: Thailand (2002), India (1997), Brazil (1995), and Mexico (1992).

I want to continue pursuing an artist in residence program in a foreign land. I am planning to work in a studio "Tailler De Rufino Tamayo" in Oaxaca, Southern Mexico in January and February 2003.

The large Japanese Calligraphic Brush has been my favorite tool to paint on rice paper since a Japanese Master Calligrapher gave it to me in 1977. One day last summer, I found an intriguing shape on a paper towel in my studio. It was under the rice paper I was painting on as a blotter. The image transferred through the thin rice paper. I started to practice this method and the results were similar to paleontological images of the fossils of ancient life in the Cambrian Sea.

I would like to continue this method by putting the works on wood: panels together side by side like a traditional Japanese scroll painting. I am interested in a creating an environment of ancient life as seen in The Burgess Shale in field, B.C.

Taiga Chiba, 2002


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