Born in Tokyo in 1987, Maki Ohkojima was graduated from Joshibi University of Art and Design in 2011. Ohkojima is a multidisciplinary artist expressing herself through painting, mural and video. Her work focuses on the lifecycle and connection between humans, the environment, animals, and spirit – the grand connection of everything physical and energetic. She strives to share the views of many creatures—birds, forest, germs, minerals or monkeys awakening— onto her own inner world and draw the tale of the world from these views. According to Mami Kataoka, curator at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Ohkojima’s works reflect the influence of “premodern techniques, daring on ancient mythology, shamanism, and ritual that is carried on today in diverse cultural areas around the world”. For Okhojima, art is like a device able to show the audience various views and way of thinking.

In 2017 Ohkojima was invited to join the Tara schooner for a trip of one month and a half from Guam to Yokohama. This experience was a unique opportunity to “to know more about climate change and what is happening in the water. All of the ocean, the forest, the creatures – they are all connected and humans are just a part of the larger circulation of the universe”. Her previous work focuses on the life cycle of the forest and now she is moving her focus from land to the ocean – “since it is all connected”.

Ohkojima’s took part to several artists’ residencies in Poland and Mexico and her work has been exhibited in Japan, China and France. 


1987   Born in Tokyo, Japan
2009  Joshibi University of Art and Design, Department of Painting, Japan
2011   Joshibi University of Art and Design, M.A, Department of Painting, Japan


2019    "Bones, the Solidsea inside of body. – petrified plants. " HARUKAITO, Tokyo
2018-2019 "L’oeil de la Baleine/ eye of whale " Aquarium in Paris, France
2018  "When trees distribute their lives" VOLVO STUDIO AOYAMA
2017-2018 "Sleep of all things, Vessels of the earth" Fuchu Museum Open show making room, Tokyo
2015  "Birds, sing the songs of the earth, through my bones." Dai-ichi Life South Gallery, Tokyo
2014  "Wild light" Isetan Shinjuku,Tokyo
2013  "Chanting gene" VOLCANOISE, Tokyo
2012  "The big forest comes down, from sea of universe, like this." Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo entrance hall, Shimane, Japan
2012  "In The Forest" Seibu Sibuya, B alternative space ,Tokyo
2012  "The call of the animals became the voice of the spirits, Kamnung brought rain, and people to cultivate the ground. " island MEDIUM, Tokyo
2010  "Orange moon and light blue sun" Tokyo Wondersite, Tokyo
2009  "f.tiger's" Tokyo Metropolitan Building ,Tokyo


2019    Mural in 2 room- "Transformation- Genome" and "Brain door" in The University of Tokyo, Entrepreneur Lab. Tokyo
2018, 2019  Awashima Artists Village Regency、Mitoyo-city、Kagawa pre, Japan
2018  Ceiling mural of the Ocean- in International Coastal Research Center of Otsuchi Iwate prefecture, The University of Tokyo.
2017-2018  Agros Art Project "Tomorrow's Harvest " Aomori Museum of Art
2016-2020   Mural painting to elementary and middle school in Misato-cho, Akita prefecture.
2017  Tara expedition ・Special façade and exhibition、agnes b Aoyama
2017  "Atlas of celestial globe narrated by light" Tamarokuto Science Center Planetarium new program release
2017  Artist in residence in TARA Ocean Expedition, produced by Agnes b from France.
2015   "Banquet of hole creature." A painting on the ceiling in the Minamisawa Hikawa shrine/Higashikurume Art Project
2013  Artist in residence in Sebastian Fandacion、Mexico city
2012  Workshop "Let's see sea, forest, sky and universe from Soshigaya "Soshigaya elementary school and shopping street, requested by Setagaya Art Museum
2011  Workshop "Let's be the forest people! "Verde Karuizawa, planning by Nerima Art Museum
2011  Artist in residence at the 6th international plein-air meeting of painters, Stary Soncz, Poland.


2019   Setouchi Triennale in Awashima, Japan
2019   Agros Art Project "Tomorrow's Harvest " Aomori Museum of Art
2018  " Journey of Painting My Place Our Scenery" MA2 Gallery、Tokyo
2017  "The Iris of a Wol" Block House、Tokyo
2017  "Crossing of picture and words are beginning of the story." Art Museum&Library, Ota
2016  "Mingtai culture" Beijing,China
2016     "ART NOVA 100 +1"Shanghai, China
2016  "Wall Art Festival with noco 2016" Khadkipada, Maharashtra, India
2016  " Planetary Garden" MA2 Gallery, Tokyo
2015  "The UNIVERSE"Sakuragaoka Museum, Aichi, Japan
2015  "ART NOVA 100. " Beijing China
2015  "Qusamura ×10" island Japan NADiff A/P/A/R/T, Tokyo
2014  "Art line Kashiwa" Chiba, Japan
2014  "Earth Art Project" Ladakh, India
2014  "The Vision of Contemporary Art 2014", Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
2014  "Island View" Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, organaize: Tokyo Wonder Site , Tokyo
2013  "Renacimiento", Sebastian Fandacion , Mexico city
2013  "Wall Art Festival 2013", Ganjad Village,Mandir, India
2012  "Power of a Painting"NADiff a/p/a/r/t, Tokyo
2011  "Power of a Painting" 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo
2009   "Tokyo Wonder Wall 2009" Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo
2009  JOSHIBI Degree Show 2008, Bank ART Studio NYK, Kanagawa


2014  VOCA Encourage Prize
2014  Terada art award Natsunosuke Mise Prize
2009 Prise of Tokyo Wonder Wall, Tokyo Wonder Wall 2009, Tokyo
2008 Takifuji art award


JAPIGOZZI Collection
The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited, Tokyo,  Japan
MisatoJunior High School, Sennan elementary school, Senhata elementary school, Misato city community center, Akita prefecture of Japan
Ceiling picture "Banquet of hole creature." dedication in the Minamisawa Hikawa shrine" Atlas of celestial globe narrated by light" Tamarokuto Science Center Planetarium new program release
Provide constellations to Tamarokuto Science Center Planetarium
Ceiling mural of the Ocean- in International Coastal Research Center of Otsuchi Iwate prefecture, The University of Tokyo.


2019.09.21 – 2019.10.27
Shanghai, China