Kanako Ishii is a Japanese artist born 1984 in Tokyo and spent her early childhood in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Since 2012 based in Berlin.
In 2007, she received a BA in oil painting from Tokyo University of the Arts. During master studies at the same university, she took part in a one-year exchange program at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris. After finished her MA in 2010, she came to Germany as a DAAD scholar and studied sculpture at Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin.
She has held solo exhibitions at Künstlerhaus Bethanien (2018), Japanese-German Center Berlin (2015), Goethe-Institut Tokyo (2014), Tokushima LED Art Festival (2013), Art Line Kashiwa (2010 and 2011), among others.



curriculum vitae

Kanako Ishii
1984 born in Tokyo, Japan
lives and works in Tokyo and Berlin

2017-2018 International Studio Program, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Germany
2012-2017 Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin, Germany
2007-2010 M.A. Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan
2007-2008 Exchange program, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, France
2003-2007 B.A. Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan

Awards, Grants and fellowships
2017-2018 Agency for Cultural Affairs of the Japanese Government
2015-2016 Nomura Foundation
2014-2015 Yoshino Gypsum Art Foundation
2014 Nomura Foundation
2012-2014 DAAD scholarship -German Academic Exchange Service-
2011 Tekisuiken Art Foundation

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2019 “Re-Landscape” The Institute for Endotic Research, Berlin
2018 “Re-Landscape” Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
2015 “Grenzen” Japanese-German Center Berlin
2014 “Presence of Absence” Goethe-Institut Tokyo
2013 “Re-Landscape” Tokushima LED Art Festival, Japan
2011 “Re-Landscape” Art Line Kashiwa, Japan
2010 “a view” Musée F, Tokyo

Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 “Sense of Place” HilbertRaum, Berlin
2019 “Chronicle” Projektraum in Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin
2019 “to put on paper” Errant Sound, Berlin
2019 “0+255” Meinblau Projektraum, Berlin
2018 “SW” Berlin-Weekly, Berlin
2017 Walter Benjamin’s Suitcases – Migrating Devices, Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona, Spain
2016 “OPEN PIECES” Benhadj&Djilali Galerie, Berlin
2016 “un-stable” Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin
2016 “Walter Benjamin’s Suitcases – Migrating Devices” Portbou Station, Spain
2016 “Abschlussausstellung der Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin” Kaufhaus Jandorf, Berlin
2016 “I’ll climb up a tree and scratch Katapatafataya” a part of 48 Stunden Neukölln, Studio Nikibi, Berlin
2016 “In’ei raisan” Japanese-German Center Berlin
2015 “Inner History” Ai Gallery, Tokyo
2014 “Hurra das Meer” Kunstmuseum Ahrenshoop, Germany
2014 “PHYSIS” Japanese-German Center Berlin
2014 “SCHWINDEL” Salon am Moritzplatz, Berlin
2013 “PHYSIS” Greek Culture Foundation, Berlin
2013 “PHYSIS” Goethe Institut Athens, Greece
2013 “Hello, Good-bye” Bauhaus Masters’ Houses, Dessau, Germany
2013 “TEGAMI” Galerie WangHohmann, Wiesbaden, Germany
2012 “KYÔ” Institut Supérieur des Beaux-Arts de Besançon Franche-Comté, France
2012 “Lightroom” Okurayama Memorial Hall, Yokohama, Japan
2012 “Unknown Life” Waseda Scott Hall Gallery + Under Ground, Tokyo
2012 “Inter:sections” Institut français du Japon-Kansai, Kyoto
2011 “BankART LIFE3” BankART, Yokohama, Japan
2010 “DISCOVERY, after 400 years” Ashio City Hall, Tochigi, Japan
2009 “No Man’s Land” Embassy of France in Japan
2006-2012 “Watarase Art Project” Tochigi, Japan
2005-2006 “Kiryu-Saien” Gunma, Japan

2014・2015 “Laternenprojekt – Workshop und Aktion” Kunstmuseum Ahrenshoop, Germany

Public Collection
The University Art Museum
Japanese-German Center Berlin
Künstlerhaus Bethanien