briscola 12F (60.6×50cm) Written by Kunishi Kanai


A lone man floating against a white background has a mysterious air about him, as if he has appeared from another dimension.

``Briscola'' is a typical Italian card game, but there are only two cards in the picture, and those cards are floating in the air, separated from the man's hand. Masu. And his gaze is directed elsewhere.

This work has a strange atmosphere that draws the viewer in. It can be said that it is a work with many mysteries and a charm that you cannot take your eyes off.


Born in Gunma Prefecture in 1951

1970 Studied at Pacific School of Art (until 1979 )

1979 75th Pacific Exhibition (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum / Hanjiro Sakamoto Award)

1980 Independent exhibition (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum / Independence Award, 60th Memorial Award, etc.)

1983 Solo exhibition (Dame Museum/Belgium)

1986: Received the Yasuda Fire Art Foundation Encouragement Award at the 54th Independent Exhibition (subsequently received the Encouragement Award in 1988 , and the Independence Award in 1990 and 1991 ).

1991 34th Yasui Prize Exhibition (Sezon Museum, etc.)

1992 2nd Kanji Maeda Grand Prize Exhibition (Kurayoshi Museum, etc.)

26th Contemporary Art Selection Exhibition (Agency for Cultural Affairs)

1993 <Invitation to Contemporary Art> Akira Kato and Kunishi Kanai Exhibition (Takasaki City Art Museum)

1995: Selected as an outstanding artwork purchased by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 1994 .

'95 Oil Painting Award Exhibition (Tokyo Central Art Museum / Excellence Award)

1997 3rd Beauty Premonition Exhibition (Nihonbashi Takashimaya, etc.)

2000 Nippon Television “The World of Beauty ~Kunji Kanai~”

2001 23rd Japanese Masterpiece Art Exhibition (Nihonbashi Takashimaya, etc.)

2002 Studied abroad in Italy as Agency for Cultural Affairs Artist Overseas Training Program

2003 “Evolution 16 ” (Nihonbashi Takashimaya, etc.)

2007 “Travel” Exhibition “Encounter and Dialogue with Different Cultures” (The National Art Center, Tokyo)

2009 Gunma Art 1941-2009 (Gunma Museum of Modern Art)

2011 “ Three people, three independent people exhibition” (Tomioka City Myogi Furusato Museum)

2012 “Journey” Exhibition commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Agency for Cultural Affairs Artist Overseas Training Program (National Art Center, Tokyo)

2013 Arts Maebashi Opening Commemorative Exhibition (Arts Maebashi)

the current

Member of the Independent Art Association, member of the Japan Federation of Artists, representative director of the Ken Saito Memorial Study Group