Michiko Itatani

"Starry Night" painting from Cosmic Encounter 2016-B-06 / 2016 / oil on canvas / 96" x 78"/ TBD
"Cosmic Wanderlust" painting from Encounter 16-B-4 / 2016 / oil on canvas / 96" x 78"/ TBD
Installation View "Starry Night Encounter" / 2016
Installation View "Starry Night Encounter" / 2016
Installation View, "Starry Night Encounter" / 2016
"HyperCharge" painting from Encounter HCE-2 / 2015 / oil on canvas / 92 1/2" x 154"/ TBD
"Harmonic Oscillator" painting from Cosmic Encounter 16-B-2 / 2016 / sumi ink and oil on canvas / 78" x 96"/ TBD
Installation View "Starry Night Encounter" / 2016
"Cosmic Wanderlust" painting from Encounter 16-B-3 / 2016 / oil on canvas / 78" x 92 1/2"/ TBD
"Piano Room" painting from Cosmic Theater PRM-1 / 2014 / oil on canvas / 84" x 72"/ TBD
"Inner Seach" painting from Cosmic Encounter 16-C-1/ 2016 / oil on canvas / 72" x 60"/ TBD
"Starry Night" painting from Cosmic Encounter 15-C-3 / 2015 / oil on canvas / 84" x 72"/ TBD
"Tree House Encounter" painting from Cosmic Theater TH-4 / 2014 / oil on canvas / 52" x 78"/ TBD
"Starry Night" painting from Cosmic Encounter 16-D-4/ 2016 / oil on canvas / 52" x 60"/ TBD
"Starry Night" painting from Cosmic Encounter 16-D-2 / 2016 / oil on canvas / 53" x 42"/ TBD
"Silver River Landing" painting from Cosmic Encounter 16-D-01 / 2016 / oil on canvas / 50" x 42"/ TBD
"Reading Room" from Cosmic Encounter 15-K-27 / 2015 / gouache and ink on board / 5" x 5"/ TBD
"Piano Room" from Cosmic Encounter 15-K-32 / 2015 / gouache and ink on board / 5" x 5"/ TBD
"Personal Cords" from Cosmic Encounter 15-K-43 / 2015 / gouache and ink on board / 6" x 6"/ TBD
"Cosmic Symphony" from Encounter 15-K-34 / 2015 / gouache and ink on board / 8" x 8"/ TBD
"Personal Codes" from Cosmic Encounter 16-K-12 / 2016 / gouache and ink on board / 6" x 6"/ TBD
"Polaris" from Cosmic Theater 14-K-24 / 2014 / gouache and ink on board / 6" x 6"/ TBD
"Impact" from Cosmic Theater 14-K-21 / 2014 / gouache and ink on board / 5" x 5"/ TBD
"Cosmic Wanderlust" from Encounter 15-K-23/ 2015 / gouache and ink on board / 6" x 6"/ TBD
"Cosmic Wanderlust" from Cosmic Encounter 15-K-17 / 2015 / gouache and ink on board / 10" x 8"/ TBD
"Ascending Order" painting from Cosmic Theater AO-1 / 2014 / oil on canvas / 78" x 60"/ TBD
"Silver River Prelude" from Waiting Game/Echo 13-K-28 / 2013 / gouache and ink on board/ 6" x 6"/ TBD
"Tree House Encounter" from Cosmic Theater 14-K-10 / 2014 / gouache and ink on board / 8" x 8"/ TBD
"Brown dwarf" from Cosmic Encounter 14-K-09 / 2014 / gouache, ink and prismacolor on board / 6" x 6"/ TBD
“Tree House Encounter” painting from Cosmic Theater TH-1 / 2014 / oil on canvas / 78" x 96" / SOLD
“Piano Room” painting from Cosmic Theater PRM-3 / 2014 / oil on canvas / 52" x 42" / TBD
“Cosmic Wanderlust” painting from Virtual Eitoku / 2013 / Sumi ink and oil on canvas / 96" x 154" / TBD
“Cosmic Wanderlust” painting from Virtual Eitoku (detail) / 2013 / Sumi ink and oil on canvas / 96" x 154" / TBD
“Cosmic Wanderlust” painting from CTRL-Home/Echo CRH-13 / 2012 / Oil on canvas / 105" x 84" / TBD
“Cosmic Kaleidoscope” painting from Pattern Recognition PR-2 / 2012 / Sumi ink and oil on canvas / 105" x 84" / TBA
“Cosmic Kaleidoscope” painting from Pattern Recognition PR-1 / 2012 / Sumi ink and oil on canvas / 96" x 78" / TBA
“Cosmic Kaleidoscope” painting from Pattern Recognition PR-3 / 2012 / Oil on canvas / 72" x 60" / TBA
“Silver River Prelude” painting from HyperBaroque SRP-2 / 2012 / Oil on canvas / 96" x 78" / TBA
“Cosmic Wanderlust” painting from CTRL-HOME/Echo CRH-3 / 2011 / Oil on canvas / 78" x 60" / TBA
"Cosmic Wanderlust" painting from Cosmic Theater CWC-9 / 2012 / Oil on canvas / 78" x 96" / TBD
"Cosmic Kaleidoscope" painting from Pattern Recognition PT-7 / 2012 / Oil on canvas / 96" x 78" / TBD
“Cosmic Wanderlust” painting from Cosmic Theater CWC-10 / 2012 / Oil on canvas / 78" x 96" / TBD
“Cosmic Wanderlust” painting/installation from Pattern Recognition at Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago IL / 2012 / Oil on canvas / Dimensions variable (approximately 12’ x 30’) / TBD
“Cosmic Wanderlust” painting from Cosmic Theater CWC-6 / 2011 / Oil on canvas / 78" x 96" / TBD
“Cosmic Wanderlust” painting from Cosmic Theater CWC-7 / 2012 / Oil on canvas / 96" x 78" / TBD
“Cosmic Wanderlust” painting from Cosmic Theater CWC-2 / 2010 / Oil on canvas / 96" x 78" / TBD
“Cosmic Wanderlust” painting from Cosmic Theater CWC-4 / 2010 / Oil on canvas / 96" x 78" / TBD
“Cosmic Wanderlust” painting from Cosmic Theater CWC-3 / 2010 / Oil on canvas / 96" x 78" / TBD
“Redon’s Garden” painting from Moon-light/Mooring MM-3 / 2007 / Oil on canvas / 96" x 154"/ TBD
“Cosmic Wanderlust” painting from Moon Light / Mooring CW-1 / 2009 / Oil on canvas / 96" x 154"/ TBD
“CTRL-Home/Echo painting from Moon Light / Mooring CTRL-2 / 2010 / Oil on canvas / 72" x 60"/ TBD
"Personal Codes" painting from Moon Light / Mooring MM#2 / 2009 / Oil on canvas / 96" x 78"/ TBD
"Personal Codes" painting from Moon Light / Mooring MM#2 / 2009 / Oil on canvas / 96" x 78"/ TBD
“Untitled” painting from Rain Maker RM-2 / 2008 / Oil on canvas / 96" x 78"/ TBD
“Cosmic Sleepwalk” painting from HyperBaroque CS-1 / 2007 / Oil on canvas / 96" x 78"/ TBD
“Cosmic Sleepwalk” painting from HyperBaroque CS-2 / 2007 / Oil on canvas / 96" x 78"/ TBD
“Untitled” painting from Cosmic Theater CT-7 / 2006 / Oil on canvas / 78" x 96"/ TBD
“Untitled” painting from Rain Maker RM-5 / 2006 / Oil on canvas / 42" x 34"/ TBD
“Untitled” painting from Rain Maker RM-8 / 2006 / Oil on canvas / 42" x 34"/ TBD
"Delayed Response" painting from Cosmic Theater CT-x4 / 2008 / Oil on canvas / 42" x 34"/ SOLD
Installation View "Starry Night Encounter" / 2016

Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

SELECTED INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS (*catalog)

2016 – “Hi-Point Contact,” Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL* (10/17/16 to 12/30/16)
2016 – “Starry Night Encounter,” Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL* (9/9/16 to 10/22/16)
2015 – “Cosmic Wanderlust II,” Sherry Leedy Contemporary, Kansas City, MO* (9/1/16 to 10/24/16)
2015 – “Personal Codes III,” Bradley University Heuser Art Gallery, Peoria, IL
2014 – “Itatani & Borgenicht,” Sherry Leedy Contemporary, Kansas City, MO
2014 – “Michiko Itatani and Jake Webster: Passages,” South Bent Museum of Art, IN*
2013 – “Cosmic Kaleidoscope,” Linda Warren Projects, Chicago, IL*
2012 – “CTRL-Home/Echo,” Printworks, Inc., Chicago, IL
2011 – “Visual Analogies and Inquiries: the Work of Michiko Itatani and Birgitta Weimer,” Milwaukee Institute of Arts & Design, Milwaukee, WI
2011 – “Cosmic Theater,” Kendall Gallery, Ferris University, Grand Rapids, MI
2010 – “Personal Codes,” Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College, NY*
2010 – “Close Binary,” RedLine, Denver, CO
2010 – “Cosmic Wanderlust,” Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloominton IL
2010 – “Personal Codes,” Walsh Gallery, Chicago, IL*
2010 – “Cosmic Wanderlust,” Corbett vs Dempsey, Chicago, IL
2009 – “Cosmic Theater,” Gaddis Geeslin Gallery, Sam Houston University, TX
2008 – “Cosmic Theater II,” Flatfile Galleries, Chicago, IL
2007 – “Close Binary,” Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
2006 – “Writing-Moon/Flesh Studies & related works,” Shirley/Jones Gallery, Yellowsprings, OH
2005 – “Virtual Signs/Witness,” H.F. Johnson Gallery, Carthage College, Kenosha, WI*
2004 – Sherry Leedy Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2003 – “Infinite Remnant,” Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO*
2002 – “Contemplative Inquiry,” University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY*
2001 – Galerie Bhak, Seoul, Korea
2001 – Fassbender Gallery, Chicago, IL
2000 – “Tangent Space,” Frauen Museum, Bonn, Germany*
1999 – Elmhurst Museum, Elmhurst, Illinois
1998 – “Fragments of Change,” Tokoha Museum, Shizuoka, Japan*
1998 – Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN
1996 – “Hypercharge,” Shinjuku Park Tower, Tokyo, Japan*
1994 – “Ed Paschke/Michiko Itatani,” Wright Museum of Art, Beloit, WI*
1992 – Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI*
1988 – Musée du Quebec, Quebec City, Canada
1985 – Alternative Museum, New York City, NY*

SELECTED GRANTS/FELLOWSHIPS/AWARDS

John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship
Union League Club, “Distinguished Artists” Membership Award
Marie Walsh Sharp Foundation, New York City Studio Space Grant
National Endowment for Art, Artist’s Fellowship

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Barcelona, Spain
Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland
Villa-Haiss-Museum, Zell am Harmersback, Germany
Frauen Museum, Bonn, Germany
Musée du Quebec, Quebec, Canada
American Embassy Permanent Collection, Brasilia, Brazil
Tokoha Museum, Shizuoka, Japan
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Broad Museum, MSU, East Lansing, MI
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
Daum Museum, Sedalia, MO
Maier Museum of Art, Charlottesville, VA
Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV


In my youth, I wanted to pursue writing fiction. I strongly believe in fiction’s ability to express the deepest truths. My conceptual process of painting is similar to writing a novel. After research and consideration, I make a series of paintings. Each painting could be compared to a chapter of a novel. I see my recent work as a series of fictions based on the human desire to reach out into the mental and physical space beyond our grasp-outward and inward. My fiction is incomplete, fragmented and under inquiry. Through this process, I am trying to come to terms with the complex reality of the 21st Century. And my vision stays pathetically optimistic.

Michiko Itatani 2013