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riya Solo Exhibition "Holy Creatures" December 16 (Fri) - 25 (Sun)

The light of life, the spark of the soul, and the stories of creatures from the sacred myths.

This solo exhibition by paper cutout artist riya is perfect for the Christmas season.



Born in Chicago, USA. Based on his artistic activities, he is currently working on magazine illustrations, video works, advertisements, murals, textiles, collaborative goods design, etc. In 2021, he created the Christmas entrance artwork for Daimaru Fujii in Kyoto, the mural for Starbucks Shibuya Stream Store, atre Christmas artwork, the cover of textbook “New Arithmetic 6” (Tokyo Books), the mural illustration for “VOGUE” magazine, the 36-meter-long mural for Sony Building in Ginza, Tokyo, etc. (zTokyo Book), illustration for horoscope in “VOGUE” magazine, and a 36-meter-long mural at the Sony Building in Ginza, Tokyo, among others.


We are pleased to present a solo exhibition of riya, an artist who uses the technique of paper cut-outs to create somewhat haunting and folkloric works with a sense of ecological perspective by arranging icons such as animals, humans, waves, clouds, flames, and stars. This is her first solo exhibition in Osaka in seven years, since DMOARTS “WHALE SONG” in 2015.

The 3~5 cm deep works are cut with a cutter and layered with various kinds of paper, such as mermaid paper, tanto, rascha, and sato paper. When you look into the shadow box-like semi-3-dimensional paper cutouts, you will find the stories of sacred creatures. Please enjoy RIYA’s world, suitable for the Christmas season.

Period: December 16 (Fri.) – December 25 (Sun.)

13:00-19:00 Closed on Mondays

Opening reception and gallery talk

12/17 Sat 15:00- Admission free, no reservation required

Inquiries about the works

Access to the venue: (1)

Midosuji Line and Yotsubashi Line, 5-minute walk north from Exit 28 of Hommachi Station, 5-minute walk south from Exit 7 of Higobashi Station on the Yotsubashi Line

Requests concerning measures to prevent infection by the new coronavirus: ・Please come to the hospital if you have a fever or are feeling unwell. Please refrain from coming to the venue if you have a fever or are feeling unwell.

Please do not come to the venue if you have a fever or are not feeling well.


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