ABOUT

Sayaka was born in Japan. At the age of 12 she moved to Holland with her family and that 3-year-stay in different culture influenced her in many ways especially in terms of art education. After graduated from Art University in Tokyo, Japan, she been working as a conceptual artist called 'NEON O'CLOCK WORKS' with Tomihiro Kono. She did several exhibitions of photography and installations as NEON O'CLOCK WORKS in Tokyo and their photography book 'KRAGENEIDECHSE' was published from studio parabolica in 2007. It was not so long after she moved to London in 2007 when her interest in photography became much stronger. Since then she began to work as a photographer. The photography series by Neon O'clock Works was exhibited in some galleries in London such as Soho gallery, Claire de Rouen Books, etc.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

Sayaka Maruyama's practice traverses the mediums of photography, film, drawings, installation and performance. Drawing on classical Japanese references and Surrealist motifs, her work explores contradictory contemporary understandings of Japanese notions of beauty, from both Western and Eastern perspectives. Maruyama primarily gained notoriety for her Japan Avant-Garde series, in which the artist intertwined digitally manipulated images with elements of paper collage and watercolour paint to create intricate, multi-layered imagery, extolling a sense of beauty.
Maruyama was born in Japan in 1983, and graduated from the Art University of Japan in 2005, when she began her renowned Neon O'Clock Works project. Her first monograph, entitled Krageneidechse, was published in 2007, the year she moved to London. Maruyama has exhibited widely in London and Tokyo, and her images have been published in periodicals including the British Journal of Photography, Silvershotz magazine, the Financial Times Magazine and Eyemazing.

PHOTO EXHIBITIONS
2015
  03 OCT - 15 NOV LOST IN ANOTHER SPACE @+81 GALLERY,NEW YORK
Sayaka Maruyama│ Esther Stocker
2011
  22 SEP - 13 NOV (IN)VISIBLE @EDEL ASSANTI, LONDON
Laurence Edwards │ Henry Hudson │ Ann-Marie James │ Sayaka Maruyama │ Groves/Natcheva │ Louise Thomas │ Hugo Wilson
  26 JAN- 12 MAR EDEL ASSANTI = 1
Stuart Bailes | Yason Banal | Wendy Bevan | Gordon Cheung | Venetia Dearden | Gabriel Dubois | Noemie Goudal | Ann-Marie James | Peter Macdonald | Lucy May | Sayaka Maruyama | Carlos Zuniga
     
2010
  OCT-14-18 'JAPAN AVANT GAREDE' CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR@CHRISTIES, LONDON
  SEPT 20-21 'DEJA VU' PHOTO EXHIBITION @INQUADRA,78 LUKE STREET, LONDON
  SEPT 17 'DEJA VU' PHOTO EXHIBITION @ STUDIO PRIVATE, 1 KINGSLAND RD, LONDON
  APR16- 'IN UTERO' PHOTO EXHIBITION @ MACHINE-A , 60 BERWICK STREET LONDON
  JAN14-MAR 5
JAPAN AVANT-GARDE PHOTO EXHIBITON AT EXIT GALLERY, CLAIRE DE ROUEN BOOKS,LONDON
2008
  FEB PHOTO EXHIBITION 'HYPNOTISM' AT HAIR SALON HAYATO,LONDON
  NOV PHOTO EXHIBITION OF YASO VICTORIAN PART 1 ,TOKYO
2007
  DEC PHOTO EXHIBITION 'HYPNOTISM' AT BOOK ART BOOK SHOP,LONDON
  NOV PHOTO EXHIBITION 'HYPNOTISM' AT UNIV.OF EAST LONDON
  AUG-SEP EXHIBITION 'HYPNOTISM'+'THE ROOM OF SILENCE' AT CLAIRE DE ROUEN BOOKS+SOHO GALLERY,LONDON
     
ART EXHIBITIONS
2012    
  6-16 APRIL

THE SECRET MUSEUM BY NEON O’CLOCK WORKS @ LAFORET HARAJUKU, TOKYO

  13-29 JAN NEON O’CLOCK THEATRE @ GARTER, TOKYO
2011    
  5-25 DEC SHORT FILM SCREENING @ süß museum,TOKYO
  5-11 DEC MNEMOSYNE @ SISTER TOKYOMNEMOSYNE @ SISTER TOKYO
  17JUN-30JULY THE SURREAL WOMAN @ COB GALLERY [THE FILM 'THE PAIN OF DESIRE']
2010
  DEC BOOK EXHIBITION of works by Neon O'clock Works 2005-2010 at süß museum,TOKYO
2007
  APR-MAY 'hyp03' Exhibition "KRAGENEIDECHSE" at Parabolica-bis, Tokyo Book "KRAGENEIDECHSE" published in Japan
  2006  
  DEC EXHIBITION BY 7 ARTISTS"ROMA'S RING" at süß museum,TOKYO
  JUL-SEP 'hyp03' Exhibition "KRAGENEIDECHSE" at süß museum,TOKYO
  2005  
  OCT 'hyp01'+'hyp02' Exhibition at Mysig, TOKYO
  MAR 'hyp02' Exhibition "dressed/naked" at Art Bird Books ,TOKYO
  2004  
  DEC hyp01' Exhibition "TIPSY DEEP SEA" at Art Bird Books,TOKYO