Galerie Delaive

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Gallery Delaive is proud to present a solo show of Ayako Rokkaku at VOLTA New York with brand new works on canvas. The artist will be present and paint live, creating new artworks during the fair, giving visitors the opportunity to experience her unique way of working up close.

Painting technique
Rokkaku never attended art school but is completely self-taught, developing her own unique painting technique. She applies acrylic paint directly to canvas or cardboard with her bare hands. She starts painting without a predefined idea, painting what comes naturally until a composition slowly starts to emerge. A dreamy, colorful landscape, with tiny floating flowers, animals and skulls. A recurring element in her work is the prominent presence of young girls, which she paints in the manga style, with large eyes and long limbs.

The diminutive artist, who is just 5’1 tall, regularly demonstrates her painting technique during live painting performances, working on canvases that can be up to 23 feet wide. “I love painting on something that is much bigger than I am. Moving to and fro between the corners of such a huge canvas makes me feel as if the colors are flowing through my body.”

Ayako Rokkaku

Global citizen Ayako Rokkaku (b. Chiba, 1982) lives and works alternatingly in Amsterdam, Berlin, Porto and Tokyo. She created her first paintings in 2002, applying acrylic paint to cardboard with her bare hands. Her work soon caught the critics’ eye. In 2003 and 2006, she won prizes at Geisai, an art fair for emerging artists in Tokyo, organised by the world-famous artist Takashi Murakami (b. Tokyo, 1962).

Since her first solo show at Gallery Delaive in 2007, Rokkaku has been invited to exhibit her work in galleries all over the world. She has had solo shows in Rotterdam’s Kunsthal and the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum in Slovakia, which attracted thousands of visitors. Art connoisseurs consider Rokkaku to be one of the most promising contemporary artists.

Ayako Rokkaku at word in her studio in Amsterdam, January 2020.
Ayako Rokkaku at word in her studio in Amsterdam, January 2020.
Ayako Rokkaku
Untitled
2020
Acrylic on canvas
130 cm/ 51 inches diameter
Signed and dated
Ayako Rokkaku
2018
Acrylic on canvas
225 cm./ 88.6 inches diameter
Signed and dated
Ayako Rokkaku
Untitled
2020
Acrylic on canvas
140 x 180 cm./ 55 x 71 inches
Signed and dated
Ayako Rokkaku
Untitled
2018
Acrylic on canvas
200 x 300 cm./ 78.7 x 118 inches
Signed and dated