Akira Taniguchi

Akira Taniguchi mainly creates his work in the fields of painting and installation. His artistic creations are based on a Japanese original thought called もののあはれ “Mono-no-aware” (pathos of things) – the feeling of sadness which accompanies the reality of life and death. This concept can be compared with and is similar to the theory of “Memento Mori” in Western culture. Under this idea, he regards continuity as inspiration for his art. We, humans, continue to live and cease to live one day. This simple motto shows that existence and death are two sides of the same coin. Therefore, he creates art work which repeats itself and makes viewers reflect on the idea of “Mono-no-aware”.

  • Artworks
  • Biography


・1993 Born in Kanagawa, Japan
・2012 Entered the Tokyo University of the Arts
・2015 Exchanged to Sydney College of the Arts
・2018 Participated in IAM residency program (Republic of Malta)
・2020 Graduated the master course of the Tokyo University of the Arts
・2021 Live in Tokyo, Japan


・2015 "Art-scene and Chroma Dean’s Award for Painting" (Sydney College of the Arts)
・2020 "Blue Moon Prize" (AATM Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi 2020)


・2014”Say Hello to Strangers” (Gunma, Japan)
・2015”Say Hello to Strangers” (Aichi, Japan)
・2019 “Good-bye Lullaby” (Tokyo, Japan)
・“Land Politics” (Valletta, Malta)
・2020 “Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi 2020” (Tokyo, Japan)
・2021”Say Hello to Strangers” (Ishikawa, Japan)