Through her work Aika Furukawa aims to catch a glimpse of impermanence within the beauty of everyday life. Her primary ambition is to empower the viewer, fostering a heightened sense of awareness and sensitivity.

Aika Furukawa uses translucent linen canvases. She creates immersive interplay with the exhibition space, thereby crafting a multidimensional experience. Since 2007, her focal motif has been the concept of 'Folds.' These organic creases manifest ubiquitously in the fabric of our daily existence. Though easily overlooked in our habitual routines, folds persistently morph, evoking an acute awareness of life's impermanence.
Aika was born in Aichi, Japan in 1982. She finished her studies at the Tokyo University of the Arts in 2008. Agency for Cultural Affairs of The Japanese Government and Pola Art Foundation; Trainee in 2012-15. Her artistic journey spans across Brussels, Leipzig and Tokyo.



 VGC Brussels Workshop Project Grant, Belgium


 VGC Brussels Project Grant, Belgium


 Nomura Foundation Art and culture, Japanese Project Grant, Japan

 Arts Council Tokyo, Japan


  Stadt Leipzig Kulturamt, Germany


  Internationale Sommeratelier, Artist Scholarship, Aschersleben-Germany


  Nomura Foundation Art and culture, Japanese Project Grant, Germany


  Pola Art Foundation, Japanese Artist Grant, Germany


  Agency for Cultural Affairs of The Japanese Government: Programme of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists, Trainee, Germany


  Honour Prize: 31st Sompo Japan Art Foundation, Selection encourages Exhibition


  26th Holbein Scholarship, HOLBEIN Works,Ltd., Japanese Artist Scholarship


  BankART Studio NYK: Artist in Residence Studio program, Yokohama-Japan

  Honour Prize: Tokyo Wonder Wall 2011, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Citizens Culture and Sports


  Leipzig International Art Programme, Leipzig-Germany


  Honour Prize: Tokyo Wonder Wall 2009, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Citizens Culture and Sports  


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Each vibrant brush stroke marks and excavates the invisible borders of duality and friction, bringing them to the fore: mind/body, self/other, or conscious/unconscious. Aika’s brush defines the sphere of liminality as traces of folds while revealing the folds as sites of constant flux, oscillating between the permanent and the ephemeral. At times, the drawing of folds even marks the critical site, where chaos—neatly concealed under the elusive surface of meditative tranquility—reaches a critical point and erupts. The painterly traces of folds manifest the very site of transcendence, where spirit flares up out of matter; “Vernunft” dissolves into madness and vice versa.

Aika’s works uncover the dense layers of dichotomies that we constantly (re)create beyond our subjectivity, mapping an intricate landscape of our being that is under constant negotiation.


- Dr. Mio Wakita, Head and Curator of Asian Collection, Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna -





“The practice of Aika Furukawa, who works in Japan and Germany, is based on a methodology developed in Europe. She represents the mountains and valleys of textiles as shadows cast by their folds. At the same time, she is conscious of the humidity that permeates her objects, as some kind of Eastern element trough which symbolism and meaning emerge. In between these conflicting depictions of fabric, Furukawa appears as if she is trying to reclaim the clothed-concealed body both physically and conceptually through her methodology. By showing the body as a suggested, or as an actual existence, hidden or hiding underneath, the clothes are given a lively character through their various functions, such as to wrap, to conceal, etc. As I mentioned earlier, it is related to heavenliness similar to the expression of clouds on the ceiling of a church.


It can be said that Furukawa’s formative challenge is a new attempt to connect the Eastern methodology to the classical European painting. It is, at the same time, a way to connect the everyday life and the heavenly world within us.”


- Masahiko Haito, Director of Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art -




“A first glance at Aika Furukawa’s paintings reveals to us the everyday remains of human transformations, shaped from such textiles as clothing, bed sheets or blankets, removed from their surroundings, hovering in space and arranged in seemingly logical patterns. If we look longer at the paintings/drawings, we seem to recognize landscapes: dramatic mountain ranges, raging seas or towering cloud formations, that could tear open at any time, releasing lightning and torrential rain. We become witnesses to overwhelming natural phenomena. Many of Furukawa’s works are unframed - a conscious deviation from a common practice of painters, that serves to separate the artistic space from the viewing space.


When looking at her paintings one is outside and inside at the same time. Furukawa’s space is a spiritual, an inner space - not the space of our sensory experiences, but one of contemplation. There is always a sense of being enshrouded, of protection. In the works of Aika Furukawa distance and proximity are both present as potential experiences.”


- Maximilian Rauschenbach, Art historian -