COSMIC WONDER was initiated in 1997 by Yukinori Maeda. The “Center for COSMIC WONDER” established in Minami Aoyama, Tokyo, functions as a base for their activities and presentations.
COSMIC WONDER has been active as a conceptual project that comprises various modes of expression from of clothing, artwork, and publishing to performance.
Since 2016 COSMIC WONDER has moved their studio to a former traditional house and workshop in Miyama, a remote village in the mountains north of Kyoto designated a national preservation district of historic buildings. In 2016, the exhibition “Omizue: Iwamino-kamito-mizu” (Iwami Art Museum) was presented as a joint project of COSMIC WONDER with Kogei Punks Sha, followed by the “Kami” exhibition (Shiseido Gallery, Ginza) in August 2017, The special exhibition “COSMIC WONDER: Lightness of Light” (Iwami Art Museum) in November 2017.
Founder of COSMIC WONDER, Contemporary artist
He is currently based in a traditional thatched house in the countryside north of Kyoto. Whether through photography, three-dimensional media, or painting, he expresses a spiritual space whose subjects are his personal experiences. He was featured in the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo’s 2007 exhibition “Space for Your Future”, and in 2009 he held his first solo exhibition “UNIVERSAL LOVE” at Taka Ishii Gallery. He was subsequently featured in the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo’s 2010 exhibition “MOT Collection: Plastic Memories – to illuminate now”, and Yokohama Museum of Art’s 2011 exhibition “Yokohama Triennale 2011: OUR MAGIC HOUR” How Much of the World Can We Know?.” He held his second exhibition “ECHOES” at Taka Ishii Gallery in 2011. Recent exhibitions include 2016’s “Omizue: Iwamino-kamito-mizu” at Iwami Arts Museum, held under the banner of Cosmic Wonder & Kogei Punks Sha, and “Kami” at Shiseido Gallery in 2017.
A solo exhibition of “Splashed Ink Chii Ryugu Sansui-zu” held at Taka Ishii Gallery in 2018.