OVERVIEW

Born in Osaka in 1990, Morimoto immigrated to Canada in 2006 at the age of 16, and spent the following 16 years in Toronto before returning to Japan in 2021. He is currently based in Tokyo. He completed high school in Canada at Centennial Secondary School in Belleville, Ontario, and received his BFA from the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University) in 2012. His work has been exhibited in Canada, the U.K. and the U.S., including at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada (MOCA) and the Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto. Morimoto is best known for his paintings of Toronto cityscapes and inhabitants, which bring classical techniques into the present day and transform everyday scenes into extraordinary ones. Through his practice, Morimoto raises questions regarding the structural fragility of the visible real world and the true nature of the affluence that we hold necessary for survival.

HISTORY

2021
After Dark, KOTARO NUKAGA, Tokyo

2020
Garden of Lights, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto

2018
Light Passage, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto

2016
Strange Guild, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto

2014
Oasis, Galerie Youn, Montreal
The Nightwatchers, Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto

2018
These things I have seen, Art Gallery of Peterborough, Peterborough

2016
RBC Canadian Painting Exhibition, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto
About Face, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto

2015
Invisible College, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne

2014
Superhuman, Plus Gallery, Denver

2014
LAX / TXL, Urban Nation, Berlin

2013
Toronto: Out-of-Doors, Al Green Gallery, Toronto

Bell Trinity Square Permanent Public Installation, Toronto
Urban Nation Museum, Berlin
The Bora Family Collection, Istanbul
Stikeman Elliot LLP, Toronto
Ninepoint Partners LP, Toronto
Loyalty One, Toronto
Infor Financial Group, Toronto

NEWS

Keita Morimoto ‘After Dark’

From November 20 to December 25, 2021, KOTARO NUKAGA, Tennoz is pleased to present ‘After Dark,’ a solo exhibition by Keita Morimoto. After 15 years in Canada, the artist has returned to Japan this year to unveil 21 new paintings at his first ever solo exhibition in his home country. Learn more   Exhibiton Outline