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Naomi Horiike 

Tokyo Japan, and Amsterdam Netherlands.

Naomi Horiike is a Tokyo and Amsterdam-based artist whose work ranges from drawing, painting, and objects to performance and photography.

Naomi has exhibited in national and international shows and her work has been featured in numerous publications and is held in public and private collections.

M.F.A., Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo.

École des Beaux-Arts, ENSBA

◆Artistic process

As an artist, I paint primarily in abstract expressionism which simply means I use to paint and other media to express externally what’s bubbling up in my mind, body, and spirit.

My process begins by meditating and journaling, then I go directly to the canvas and begin painting without having any expectation or idea of what the final product will be. I build layer after layer…letting go & covering some things…keeping others.

I have made more fugly art than I can count but I’ve turned almost all of those paintings into something I’m proud of. 
The act of creating alone has helped me heal and remember who the heck I am.


I contemplate the boundaries of traditional painting and encompasses the transitory and ephemeral nature of creation. My works stem from my physical, spiritual and emotional body and my life experiences that resonate and juxtapose with immanent reality.

I am drawn to ritualism that either derives from my imagination or that is based on literal, philosophical, or musical content.

I describe my forms as developing from the personification of objects and the exploration of archetypes, visual symbols, or energetic imprints existing in myth, ancient stories, auditory content, and the unconscious mind.

These forms are primitive, elemental morphing into the natural and the human and are open to interpretation. 

Drawing is my core method of expression that I use to create my forms and which then imposed and interlace in my paintings and performance. I often tend to work with the concept of repetition and sequence with the aim to create patterns, communicate moods and feelings. 

The objective is to establish a sense of visual rhythm and movement while focusing on transition and transformation, continuity and change, accident and design.  In my recent work, I have made a slow transition to performance, incorporating painting, body gesture, and photography.


This experience has birthed numerous experimental collaborations with fellow artists from different disciplines with the aim of creating a unique experience of interdisciplinary work through improvisation.



◆Solo Exhibitions


2017  Beyond, Street Art Gallery, Melbourne

2014  Broken Image, Center On, Berlin

2013  Face, Gallery Yumeria, Tokyo


2010  Flash, Gallery b, Tokyo

          Repatriation, Naomi Horiike

2006  Naomi Horiike solo exhibition, Gallery b, Tokyo



◆Group Exhibitions and Event

2021  Discovery Art Fair in Frankfurt

2019  ART KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan


2019  Il Chiodo d'Oro, Passo Maniva, Italy

2018  ART KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan

2017  Hong Kong Art Week, Hong Kong

2017  No Name, Gallery Exit, Hong Kong

2016  W to W, Gallery Exit, Hong Kong

          Art Falls CHAN Coll, Singapore

          NBF Lingerie, Spiral Hall, Tokyo

2014  PRUDENTIAL EYE ZONE, ArtScience Museum, Singapore 

2013  flowers80.1, TRAUMARIS, Tokyo

          PUZZLE, Urban Spree, Berlin

2011  Culture, Art Center Ongoing, Hong Kong

          Girlfriends Forever!, Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo, Tokyo

2010  JAPANESE COLORS, Gallery IHN, Korea

2008  Who's Next, MUSEUM at TAMADA PROJECTS, Tokyo

          Women Without Boundaries, ART LABOR GALLERY, Shanghai

2007  Young Artist Show, NICHe Contemporary Gallery, Paris

2006  The ThirdReunited Exhibition, Berlin


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