Jiro Kamata

©Jiro Kamata Studio, photo Ulrike Myrzik

Jiro Kamata was born in 1978 to a family of jewelers in the ancient city of Hirosaki, situated in northern Japan. Despite his family origins, he instinctively resisted going into the jewelry industry. In 2000, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich with Otto Künzli, who was then recognized for his progressive artistic development. Underlying all his break-through creation is an archeology in which the condensation of special moments – as the macrocosmos – exist through the transformation from each ordinary life into an embrace of all possibilities, combining them with a keen attempt to continue a monumental memory.

|Biography|
1978 Born in Hirosaki, Japan. Second son to family that owned and operated the Kamata Watch Shop (currently known as Jewelry Kamata).

1996–98 Yamanashi Institute of Gemology and Jewellery Art, Kofu, Japan 1998 Relocation to Germany

1998–99 Hochschule für Gestaltung Pforzheim with Prof. Rudolf Bott and Prof. Johanna Dahm, Germany

2000–06 Academy of Fine Arts Munich with Prof. Otto Künzli, Germany 2004 Meisterschüler at Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Germany 2005– Studio in Munich

2006 Diploma at Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Germany 2009–2015 Artistic Assistant at Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Department of Jewellery, Germany

|Selected Exhibition|
2021 HOLON, Galerie Rob Koudijs, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
2021 HOPE, ALIEN Art Centre, with Caroline Halley, Kaohsiung, TAIWAN
2021 HOLON, galley deux poissons, Tokyo, JAPAN
2021 HOLON, ornamentum galley, Hudson/ NY, USA
2021 VOICES, Galerie Rob Koudijs, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
2021 HOPE, ALIEN Art Centre, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2021 VOICES, Galerie Rob Koudijs, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2020 VOICES, Bayerischer Kunstgewerbe Verein, Munich, Germany
2019 EXTENDED DEFINITION, Gallery Funaki, Melbourne, Australia
VOICES, ALIEN Art Centre, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2018 BATTLE OF MAGENTA, With Noon Passama, super+ CENTERCOUT, Munich, Germany
EXPOSITION, Galerie Bijouterie Jungblut, Luxembourg
MOTHER, Galerie Rob Koudijs, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2017 EMERGE, Galerie Beyond, Antwerp, Belgium
GHOST, Galerie Biró, Munich, Germany
GHOST, OONA Galerie, Berlin, Germany
MULTIPLE-SOLO, Multiple, Hasselt, Belgium

2016 FLARE, Collective Design Fair with Ornamentum gallery, New York City, USA
FLARE, ATTA gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
JIRO KAMATA, Four gallery, Gothenburg, Sweden
GHOST, Galerie Rob Koudijs, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2016 FLARE, Collective Design Fair with Ornamentum gallery, New York City, USA
FLARE, ATTA gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
JIRO KAMATA, Four gallery, Gothenburg, Sweden
GHOST, Galerie Rob Koudijs, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2015 DARK TO LIGHT TO DARK. Gallery Funaki, Melbourne, Australia
AROUND A ND AROUND. Villa Bengel, Idar-Oberstein, Germany
BORDER. Klimt02 gallery, Barcelona, Spain

2014 BI, Galerie Rob Koudijs, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
BI, O-Jewel, Tokyo, Japan

2013 ARBORESQU, Galeria Nudo, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
BI, OONA Galerie, Berlin, Germany

2012 ARBORESQU, gallery vivekkevin, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
ARBORESQU, Gallery Pascale, Stockholm, Sweden

2011 ARBORESQU, SOFA New York by Ornamentum gallery, USA
ARBORESQU, galerie viceversa, Lausanne, Switzerland
ARBORESQU, O-Jewel, Tokyo, Japan

2010 MOMENTOPIA, Galería Mexicana de Diseño, Mexico City, Mexico
MOMENTOPIA, Galerie Bijouterie Jungblut, Luxembourg
ARBORESQU, Galerie Biró, Munich, Germany

2009 MOMENTOPIA, Galerie Rob Koudijs, Amsterdam, The Netherlands ZEITFASSUNGEN. With Bettina Speckner, Eva Maisch Schmuck, Würzburg, Germany
MOMENTOPIA, Hnoss gallery, Gothenburg, Sweden

2008 MOMENTOPIA, Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus, Hanau, Germany
MOMENTOPIA, Klimt02 gallery, Barcelona,Spain
MOMENTOPIA, OONA Galerie, Berlin, Germany
MOMENTOPIA, O-Jewel, Tokyo, Japan
FULL DUPLEX, With Stefan Heuser, Ornamentum gallery, Hudson, USA
THINGS OF VALUE, Harappa gallery, Hirosaki, Japan

2006 EXTROVERT, Diploma Exhibition. Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Germany
EXTROVERT, O-Jewel, Tokyo, Japan

2005 BLENDABLE, OONA Galerie, Berlin, Germany Dunstkreis #3: Cultural Supermarket With Akira Onishi, Pestalozzistraße 24, Munich, Germany



|Public Collection|
Museum of Arts and Design, NY, USA
Die Neue Sammlung, Pinakothek der Moderne Munich, GERMANY
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, GERMANY
Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau, GERMANY
Museum Biedermann, GERMANY
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NEDERLANDS
Françoise van den Bosch Foundation, NEDERLANDS
Marzee Collection, NEDERLANDS
Swiss National Museum, SWITZERLAND
Espace Solidor, Musèe du Bijoux, FRANCE
Gallery of Art Legnica, POLAND
Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, USA
Corning Museum of Glass, USA
Museum of Fine Arts Boston, USA
Hiko-Mizuno Collection, JAPAN
ALIEN Art Centre, TAIWAN
National Gallery of Victoria, AUSTRALIA
Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, USA

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