The Japanese artist has always represented the human condition and the presence of Man in space through his canvases. Identified for his slender silhouettes on blue monochrome canvases, Aki Kuroda’s work is nourished by multiple expressions.

His central subject is the dimension of man in space. He plays with space-time, the cosmos, the universe, and thought. His work speaks to all fields from science (the artist has close ties to astrophysicists such as Hubert Reeves) to literature.

Kuroda has illustrated several works during his career, notably those of Pascal Quignard and Michel Foucault. He’s also drawn to the theater, explaining that the quotation “To be or not to be” deeply moved him and he’s since created original drawings to illustrate an edition of “Hamlet” published by Éditions Gallimard and created ballet sets for the Paris Opera. He has also extended his work to architecture, in particular with Tadao Ando, and has worked on both small to larger scale projects. This week, Yoyo Maeght and Benoît Coffin invited collectors and personalities from the art world to come inside Aki Kuroda’s studio for an exceptional encounter. It was an opportunity for guests to (re)discover the artist’s myriad works that have been on display all over the world including in the Forbidden City in Beijing…

Aki Kuroda exhibits in many countries, notably with personal and sometimes retrospective


               Born in 1944 in Kyoto, Aki Kuroda has become a major figure in contemporary art. The artist studied art history in Kyoto. He lived in New York and then in Paris where he settled permanently in 1970