BIOGRAPHY

Teruko Yokoi
Teruko Yokoi is an artist who was born in Aichi, Japan and lives in Switzerland. She has been active mainly in Europe and the United States. Just like “poems drawn with color” she calls her art works as, she creates art works on the subject of seasonal scenery and nature such as flowers by various techniques/mediums, egg tempera, oil painting, water color, lithograph and so on. Her works presents fusion of representational and abstract paintings, her colorful sense and bold composition.

Chronology

1924 Born in Nagoya, Aichi and soon moves to Tsushima, Japan.
From an early age receives oil painting lessons from Kouki Suzuki, a member of Shunyo-kai Art Society.
Graduates from Aichi Prefectural Tsushima Girls High School (now Aichi Prefectural Tsushima High School).
1949 Goes to Tokyo, be a listener at Joshibi University of Art and Design.
Studies under Takanori Kinoshita, a member of Issuikai. Wins prizes in Issuikai Exhibition and Nitten Exhibition.
1950 Wins prizes in Issuikai Exhibition.
1951 Wins prizes in Issuikai Exhibition and Nitten Exhibition
1953 In January, moves to United States and enters California School of Fine Arts (now San Francisco Art Institute) in San Francisco. Her painting experiences a gradual shift toward abstraction.
1954 Receives Top Honor Scholarship.
1955 In April, wins fourth prize in Seventy-Fourth Annual Painting and Sculpture Exhibition held at San Francisco Museum of Art.
In May, wins Japan Society Scholarship in painting category. In the same year composer Toshi Ichiyanagi and violinist Kenji Kobayashi win the music category.
In July, holds solo exhibition of oil paintings at California Palace of the Legion of Honor.
In September, moves to New York to study with the abstract expressionist painter, Hans Hoffman.
1956 In April, exhibits 50 sketches with India ink at the special exhibition for the 50 years of San Francisco Earthquake in National Mall in Washington, D.C..
Be warmly treated by an artist Okada Kenzo and his wife.
Studies with Julian Levi at Art Student League of New York in New York.
The use of color to express different atmospheres of the four seasons appears in her work.
1957 Wins prize in Philadelphia Annual Exhibition at Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts.
1958 Wins prize in Washington Biennale at Corcoran Gallery of Art.
1959 Marries Sam Francis.
1960 Moves to Paris. Receives influence from Art informel movement.
In November, returns temporarily to Japan.
1962 In May, moves to Bern, Switzerland.
1964 In March, she gets successful in the exhibition at Kunsthalle Basel and builds her position as an artist in Switzerland.
1991 Obtains Swiss nationality and citizenship of the city of Bern, where she currently lives.
2004 In November, Teruko Yokoi Hinageshi Art Museum is founded in Ena, Gifu.
2008 In November, Teruko Yokoi Fuji Museum of Art is founded in Fuji, Shizuoka.


At present Teruko Yokoi participates in the art scene of Japn, Switzerland, Germany and the United States, where she has held more than 90 solo exhibitions.

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions
1954 California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, USA (oil paintings)
1955 California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, USA (India ink, sketches)
1961 Minami Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (oil paintings)
1967 Galerie Bernard, Solothurn, Switzerland (oil paintings)
1968 Galerie Felix Handschin, Basel, Switzerland (oil paintings)
Galerie Schindler, Bern, Switzerland (watercolors)
1969 Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland (oil paintings)
1971 Galerie Ida Niggli, St. Gallen, Switzerland (oil paintings, gouaches and graphics)
1972 Berner Galerie, Solothurn, Switzerland (egg temperas)
Galerie Atrium, Reinach, Switzerland (gouaches and lithographs)
1973 Galerie Liatowitsch, Basel, Switzerland (gouaches and oil paintings)
Galerie Krebs, Bern, Switzerland (egg temperas)
1974 Galerie 57, Biel, Switzerland (gouaches)
1975 Loeb-Galerie, Bern, Switzerland (litographs)
Galerie Krebs, Bern, Switzerland (egg temperas)
1977 Galerie 57, Biel, Switzerland (gouaches)
Galerie Liatowitsch, Basel, Switzerland (gouaches)
1978 Galerie Atrium, Reinach, Switzerland gouaches and watercolors)
Galerie Quadri, Lausanne, Switzerland (gouaches)
Galerie Plantahaus, Malans, Switzerland (gouaches)
1979 Galerie Krebs, Bern, Switzerland
Bucher Lang, Bern, Switzerland (lithographs)
1980 Galerie Paul Bovee, Delemont, Switzerland (gouaches and lithographies)
Art 11’80, Basel, Switzerland (oil paintings and egg temperas)
Galerie Quadri, Lausanne, Switzerland
1981 Galerie Art und Musik, Munich, Germany (lithographs and gouaches)
Galerie Krebs, Bern, Switzerland (egg temperas)
1982 Mitzi Landau Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (gouaches)
Galerie Kornfeld, Zurich, Switzerland, (egg temperas)
Galerie Atrium, Basel, Switzerland (egg temperas)
1983 Art 14’83, Basel, Switzerland (egg temperas)
Galerie Quadri, Lausanne, Switzerland (gouaches)
1984 Gimpel-Hanover & Andre Emmerich Galerien, Zurich, Switzerland (egg temperas)
Bucher Lang, Bern, Switzerland (Haiku pictures)
Wolfsberg, Ermatingen, Switzerland (oil paintings and egg temperas)
1985 Galerie H, Burgdorf, Switzerland (egg temperas)
1986 Seibu Art Forum, Tokyo, Japan
Mie Prefectural Art Museum, Tsu, Japan
Galerie Zimmermannhaus, Brugg, Switzerland
1987 Galerie Atrium, Basel, Switzerland
Seibu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1988 Galerie Kornfeld, Bern, Switzerland
Galerie L’Embielle, Montreux, Switzerland
1989 Galerie Flora, Kirchberg, Switzerland
Galerie Quadri, Ferlens, Switzerland
Galerie Krebs, Bern, Switzerland
Abbatial de Belleley, Belleley, Switzerland
Galerie Werner Bommer, Zurich, Switzerland
1990 Galerie Zimmermannhaus, Brugg, Switzerland
1991 Galerie Quadri, Ferlens, Switzerland
Galerie Krebs, Bern, Switzerland
1992 Galerie Kornfeld, Bern, Switzerland
Galerie Quadri, Ferlens, Switzerland
Galerie 63, Klosters, Switzerland
1993 Galerie Pavillon, Zurich, Switzerland
1994 Galerie Wild, Frankfurt, Germany
1995 Galerie Werner Bommer, Zurich, Switzerland
Centre de Sornetan, Sornetan, Switzerland
Galerie Zimmermannhaus, Brugg, Switzerland
1996 International Culture Center, Nagoya, Japan
1997 Galerie Kornfeld, Bern, Switzerland
1998 Galerie Krebs, Bern, Switzerland
1999 Galerie Lex Artis, Zollikon, Switzerland
2000 Galerie Esther Munger, Burgdorf, Switzerland
2001 Galerie Shaer & Wildbolz, Solothurn, Switzerland
2002 Galerie Kornfeld, Bern, Switzerland
Rose Theatre (Fuji City Cultural Hall), Fuji, Japan
2004 Galerie am Leewasser, Brunnen, Switzerland
2006 Galerie Kornfeld, Bern, Switzerland
2009 Galerie Kornfeld, Bern, Switzerland
2010 Wolfsberg, Ermatingen, Switzerland
2012 Galerie Kornfeld, Bern, Switzerland
2014 Kambly SA, Trubschachen, Switzerland
2015 Koumi-Machi Kougen Museum of Art, Koumi, Japan
Group Exhibitions
                                                                                                           
1950 Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum "The 12th Annual Issuikai Exhibition", Tokyo, Japan
1951 Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum "The 13th Annual Issuikai Exhibition", Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum "The 7th Annual Nitten Exhibition", Tokyo, Japan
1955 San Francisco Museum pf Art "74th Annual Painting and Sculpture Exhibition of the San Francisco Art Association", San Francisco, USA (oil paintings)
1956 "Special Art Exhibition for San Francisco Earthquake" in National Mall, Washington D.C., USA (India ink, sketches)
1957 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts "Philadelphia Annual Exhibition", Philadelphia, USA
1958 Corcoran Gallery of Art "Washington Biennale", Washington DC, USA
1960 Gibbs Gallery, London, UK
1964 Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland (oil paintings)
1975 Overbeck-Gesellschaft, Lubeck, Germany (gouaches)
Galerie Krebs, Bern, Switzerland
Kunstmuseum Bern ”Five painters from abroad in the Canton of Berne”, Bern, Switzerland
Kunsthalle Bern "Great Piece of Art", Bern, Switzerland
1976 Galerie Art Shop, Basel, Switzerland (lithographs)
1979 Galerie Krebs, Bern, Switzerland (gouaches)
Kunstmuseum Bern “Bernese Artists and their Collectors”, Bern, Switzerland
1980 Smith Anderson Gallery, Palo Alto, USA
1981 Haus der Kunst, Grosse Kunstausstellung, Munich, Germany
1984 Kultur Arena Wittigkofen, Bern, Switzerland
1985 Galerie Krebs, Bern, Switzerland
2005 Trubschachen Kunstausstellung, Bern, Switzerland
Kultur Arena Wittigkofen, Bern, Switzerland
2011 Kultur Arena Bern, Bern, Switzerland

Books and Exhibition catalogues

 
                                                                      
1986 Teruko Yokoi “Comme un petit coquelicot” (Exhibition catalogue) Printed in Japan.
1990 Teruko Yokoi “The Five Seasons” (Art book) Printed in Switzerland.
2009 Teruko Yokoi “Schnee Mond Blumen” (Exhibition catalogue) Printed in Switzerland
2010 Teruko Yokoi “Mond-Sonne-Jahreszeiten” (Exhibition catalogue) Printed in Switzerland
2012 Teruko Yokoi “Schnee Mond Blumen II” (Exhibition catalogue) Printed in Switzerland
2015 Teruko Yokoi “70 years of artist life of Teruko Yokoi -Japanese Poems drawn in Switzerland-” (Exhibition catalogue) Printed in Japan

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