Kitazawa Noriaki / Art Critic and Art Historian
Born in 1951 in Tokyo. He specializes in Japanese modern art history, and started writing art critiques and reviews from 1979. In 1990 he won Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities for his book “Me no Shinden – “Bijutsu” Juyou-shi Note (Ocular Temple – Note on History of “Art” Reception)”(BIJUTSU SHUPPAN-SHA). He has published many books including “Art Politics – in the focus of the origin of ‘Industrial Art’” (Yumani Shobo), “Paintings in the Archipelago – Late Styles of ‘Japanese Paintings’” (BRUCKE) among others. He is a professor emeritus of Joshibi University of Art and Design, and a visiting professor of Musashino Art University. He is also a member of International Association of Art Critics Japanese Section.
Tamagawa Shin-ichi / Painter, Vice-President, Professor of Faculty of Art and Design, University of Tsukuba
Born in Fukushima in 1954. Completed the master degree in Art and Design at Tokyo University of Education. Since 1975, he has been winning prizes consecutively in Niki-kai Exhibitions (Niki Prize in 1977, Miyamoto Prize in 1993, and Minister of MEXT Prize in 2008). He also received an honorable mention in Yasui Award Exhibition, and Showa-kai Prize in Showa-kai Exhibition. Tamagawa Shin-ichi studied in France in 1992 as a trainee under the overseas study program for upcoming artists sponsored by Agency for Cultural Affairs. Appointed as Professor of Faculty of Art and Design, University of Tsukuba in 2003. He served as the provost before assuming in the current position. He also serves as the director of Niki-kai.
Tomita Jun / Director of Curatorial Planning Division, Tokyo National Museum
Born in 1960 in Ibaraki. He has been working for Tokyo National Museum since 1990, and has held positions of Manager of Display Management Division, Chief of Oriental Art Research Division, and Director of Curatorial Research Division before assuming the current position. He specializes in Oriental Calligraphy, and played major roles in curatorial works in many exhibitions including the special exhibition “Two Hundred Selected Masterpieces from Palace Museum, Beijing” (2012), “Wang Xizhi: Master Calligrapher” (2013), “Treasured Masterpieces from the National Place Museum, Taipei” (2014), the thematic exhibition, “Emergence of Personal Creative Styles – Calligraphy of the Song Dynasty” (2012), “Calligraphy of the Qing Dynasty – the Stele School” (2013). He also published many books and academic papers including “More About Wang Xizhi, the Master Calligrapher” (Tokyo Bijutsu).
Noguchi Reiichi / Art Critic
Born in 1964 in Tokyo. He was graduated from Graduate School of Art in Tokyo University of the Arts. After worked for Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and University Art Museum of Tokyo University of the Arts as a curatorial staff, he worked in Agency for Cultural Affairs as a specialist in Art and Culture from 2004 to 2011. While working in the Agency, he was involved in overseas trainings, and planning of “DOMANI – the Art of Tomorrow,” and Japan Media Arts Festival. He published many academic papers mainly on Japanese Modern Arts, and served as a judge in many art exhibitions.
Dariusz Vasina / Illustrator, Painter, Associate Professor of Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow
Born in 1964 in Krakow, Poland. He studied at Faculty of Graphic Arts, Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow from 1985 to 1990. He earned MFA in Printmaking Studio under Professor Stanisław Wejman, an annex from the drawing in the Drawing Studio of prof. Jacek Gaj in 1990, and PHD on the Academy in 1997. Since 1989 he has been working at the Faculty of Graphic Arts of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, since 2007 as Associate Professor. He conducts Painting Studio and Narrative Drawing Studio at the Academy. Dariusz Vasina is also co-founder and a member of “Non-existent Three Eyes Group”, artistic collective “Gili-Gili” and artistic duo “Studio 2”. He deals with drawing, painting, comic art, illustration and three-dimensional works. He participated in more than 100 individual and group exhibitions.