Tsu, Japan, 1951
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany
Leiko Ikemura is a Swiss-Japanese artist who was born in Tsu in 1951. She studied at Osaka University from 1970 to 1972. She completed her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Seville (Spain) between 1973 and 1978. She later moved to Zürich and in 1980 began the work for which she is known today.
Leiko Ikemura had her first solo exhibition at the Bonn Kunstverein in Germany, and soon afterwards completed an artist residency in Nuremberg. Since 1980, her work has been shown worldwide, including in Basel, Melbourne and Tokyo. In the 1990s, Leiko Ikemura’s work focused on women and she began her teaching career at the Berlin School of Fine Arts in 1991.
Contemporary Japanese artist Leiko Ikemura presents a body of work known for its nebulous depictions of dreamlike landscapes and disintegrated faces. The artist aims to transmit uncertainty with her strokes throughout her changing work. Ikemura's work is also characterised by the meeting of two cultures: on the one hand referring to the history of Western art; but her themes and formal vocabulary also immerse the viewer in the Japanese tradition, revering asymmetry, incompleteness and ambiguity.