Kayoko Tanaka

Region: ON Toronto
Born 1949, Saga, Japan



  • 1998-2005 Ontario College of Art and Design (Ceramics, Professional Development)
  • 1993-1995 Ontario College of Art and Design (Painting)
  • 1989-1991 Centre Saidue Bronfman (Montreal, Master Painting)
  • 1988-1989 Centre des Arts Visuels (Montreal, Painting)
  • 1986-1987 Emily Carr College of Art (Vancouver, Painting)
  • 1978-1988 Vancouver Community College (Vancouver, Painting)


  • 1995 Atelier-Voyage Le Perigord (France)
  • 1994 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (USA)
  • 1989-91 The Seymour Segal Art Workshops (Dunham, Quebec)

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2005 Ceramic Works Exhibit (Toronto)
  • 2005 Ceramic Works Exhibit (Toronto)
  • 2003 Kyoto Sennyuji Exhibit (Japan)
  • 2000 Laurier Gallery (Toronto)
  • 1999 Blessed Work in a Cottage (Toronto)
  • 1997 Evicta Gallery (Toronto)
  • 1996 Japan Foundation (Toronto)
  • 1995 NAJC Friendship House (Toronto)
  • 1995 North York Public Library Art Exhibition (Fairview, Brookbanks)
  • 1994 Soaring in the Spiritual World (North York)
  • 1991 50 Paintings of My Growth Nelson – Beveridge Studios (Toronto)
  • 1991 Local Women’s Art Exhibition Studio Fahara (Montreal)
  • 1987 12 Paintings Naam (Vancouver)

Group Exhibitions

  • 2012 Japan Charity Exhibition for the victims of tsunami (Toronto)
  • 2012 Toronto Art Expo 2012 (Toronto)
  • 2011 Toronto Art Expo 2011 (Toronto)
  • 1995 CEdarridge Gallery, Multi-cultural Exhibition (Toronto)
  • 1994-95 Ontario College of Art and Design Annual Selected Exhibition
  • 1992 Asian Artists Exhibition, Studio Bernard (Montreal)
  • 1989-91 Saidue Bronfman Annual Exhibition (Montreal)
  • 1987 British Columbia Art Council Exhibition (Vancouver)


  • 1995 Ontario College of Art and Design, Honour Roll Graduate
  • 1994 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Fellow Grant
  • 1993 Ontario College of Art and Design, Advanced Standing Award
  • 1986 British Columbia Government Cultural Fund Junior AWArd Scholarship

Artist Statement

To me, painting is a discovery of the hidden spirit in the Universe. There is the unexplainable power of duende; a mysterious power which everyone feels and no philosopher can explain. I have experienced, from time to time, the mystical atmosphere of this power. Once tasted, it is an unforgettable excitement. I am always searching for this mystical power and trying to bring it into my paintings. I have discovered or invented, with time and difficulty, how to connect myself to the power of duende. The more I release myself, the more I discover new territory of the aesthetic world... though it is not easy because if exists only where there is a possibility of death. My spirit clings to the hope to continually dwell there someday, with the dark sounds and the mystical world.
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