FUNAI Misa Solo Exhibition “Paradise / Boundary, where we were once”

10:00am - 6:00pm, July 25 –September 10, 2017 / Admission Free


FUNAI Misa has been consistently exploring expressions in drawing and painting. In recent years, while working mainly in a mindset for drawing and painting, she has pioneered new expressions: for example, with mirrors placed on the wall, figure/ground or fiction/fact reversals occur in some works, and in a playground-toy work, the entire exhibition space is used as a canvas so that the viewer can get inside to actually experience the work.

Works mainly displayed in this exhibition are those which Funai has developed in ten years after she took part in an artist-in-residence program with the work Under Thread at ACAC in 2007. A paradise that she depicts appears as a boundary between reality and unreality, plane and solid, natural and artificial, and inside and outside, etc. Visitors will have fun as playing in a fantasy world through real experiences in the work. Both adults and children will experience the joy of being absorbed in the world of her work in their own ways.


Paradise / Boundary, 2014, photo by KIOKU Keizo


Hole/ Paradise/ Border/ Painting/ Fundus of the Eye, 2010

Paradise / Boundary, 2014, photo by KIOKU Keizo


Mountain / Motoko, 2014, Photo by KIOKU Keizo




1974 Born in Kyoto

2001 MFA, Art and Design, University of Tsukuba
1996 BFA, Japanese Painting, Kyoto Seika University

[Selected Solo Exhibitions]
"Paradise/Boundary- No where-", Nagi Museum of Contemporary Art, Okayama
"Paradise/Boundary ", galerie Ando, Tokyo
"Drive", Kyoto Seika University Shin-bi, Kyoto
“Metamorphose and Paradise”, Bunkamura Gallery+, Tokyo
“Boundary-Platonic Disco-”, Outenin Temple, Osaka

[Selected Group Exhibitions]

“Three hot springs of Mimasaka Art temperature”, Yunogo area, Okayama


"Kamikoani Project Akita 2015", Kamikoani village, Akita

"Travel with children to museum of art", The Utukusigahara Open-Air Museum, Nagano
"Wanderful World", Museun of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo
"Kamikoani Project Akita 2013", Okitamote Primary School closures, Akita
"Rokko Meats Arts 2013", Mt Rokko , Hyogo
"The Link Between Words and Art :An Homage to Yusuke Nakahara", Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Hyogo
"Transmission/Itabashi/2011", Itabashi Museum of Art, Tokyo
"VOCA2010 The Vision of Contemporary Art", The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
"VOCA2009 The Vision of Contemporary Art", The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
“SLEEP-Are You Awake?-”, Art Front Gallery, Tokyo
“Under Thread”,Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Aomori

[Prizes & Public Collections]
2015 PablicArt " Oasis-water,wind,forest " Kyushu Cenrtal Hospital of the Mutual Aid Association of Public School Teachers, Fukuoka
2014 PablicArt "The World spins beautiflly for future" Grand Oriental Minatomirai, Kanagawa
2013 PablicArt " Oasis/Boundary/Nagakute -White Horse-" Aichi Medical Univresity Hospital, Aichi
2013 PablicArt "Utopia-Dream-"The Sankei Building Co.,Ltd,Tokyo
2013 PablicArt "Luminosity" Stanley Electric Co.,Ltd,Tokyo
2013 PablicArt "TransBirds - Atlas -" Meiji University,Tokyo
2012 PablicArt "Pleiades"Oota Memorial Hospital,Gunma
2011 Japigozzi collection, Italia
2011 PablicArt "Paradise/Boundary" Royal Park Hotel THE Kyoto,Kyoto
2011 PablicArt "View" Tokai Central Hospital, Gifu
2002 The Grand Prize at“The 13 th Sekiguchi Art Foundation Prize Exhibition”(Collection of Kashiwa City)Studied in New York under the scholarship of Sekiguchi Art Foundation
2001 The Prize of Director in Master Course of Art at“University of Tsukuba Master Course Exhibition”(Collection of University of Tsukuba)



Organized by Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (ACAC), Aomori Public University.
Sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in Fiscal Year 2017.