AFT Market

Ko Kikuchi / Shotaro Sanada / Yuki Shimizu / Rin Nakanishi / Melissa Finkenbiner / Nodoka Yamaura

AFT Market

2024.03.08 - 2024.04.13
11:00 -19:00 (Closes at 17:00 on Saturdays)
*Closed on Sundays, Mondays & Public Holidays


ART FOR THOUGHT is pleased to present the exhibition, "AFT Market," which will be the first group exhibition after the gallery renovation.

Ko Kikuchi and Shotaro Sanada, as well as the artists who have previously exhibited at our gallery, will be presenting works in a variety of genres and expressions, including paintings, ceramics, three-dimensional works, Japanese paper, and more. We hope you will enjoy the exhibition.

Ko Kikuchi

1994 Born in Higashimurayama, Tokyo

2015 Withdraws from Rikkyo University, College of Arts, Department of Education

2020 Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, Department of Painting, Oil Painting

2023 Completed Master's Program in Art Education, Department of Art Education, Special Graduate Course of Tokyo University of the Arts

2023 Entered Doctoral Program in Education, Graduate Program of Education, Rikkyo University Graduate School of Arts

Currently lives and works in Tokyo

Selected Group Exhibitions



Corporate Art Aid Kyoto (Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art - Annex, 2023)

Natsunokai (Summer) Exhibition (galerie nichido, 2023)

IGNITION Japan-Taiwan Exhibition by ArtSticker (333gallery, 2023)

Hello +ART Tokyu Plaza Shibuya (+ART GALLERY, 2023)

Major Awards


「TURNER AWARD 2021」Grand Prize

「Mirai-ten (Future Exhibition)」Nichido Employee Voting Award

Accepted for「WATOWA ART AWARD 2022」

Accepted for「Corporate Art Aid Kyoto」

Shotaro Sanada

Born in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture in 2000. Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, and currently enrolled in the Master's Program at the University of Tokyo. While creating large-scale paintings that abstract landscapes to an extreme degree, he also practices new aesthetic research in which he collaborates with artificial intelligence to create paintings.

He is the chairman of the executive committee of Geisai 2021 (festival of the university). He is the first artist of the "Google Japan x Generation Z Artists" program.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

from (art brewing gallery -haco, Tokyo, 2022)

ACROSS (Bumpodo Gallery, Tokyo, 2023)

Major Awards

His first solo exhibition attracted the largest number of visitors in the gallery's history.

Awarded the Art Plaza Prize of the University of the Arts, and a prize in Art Olympia 2022.

“GEIDAI ART FES 2023” Excellent Prize

Selected for “ART students STARS vol.1/vol.2” consecutively

Selected for “WHAT CAFE EXHIBITION at Terada Warehouse”

Selected for “Art Session by Ginza Tsutaya”, and many other awards and selections.

A large 10-meter wall painting was nominated by East Japan Railway Company to be permanently and semi-permanently exhibited at JR Nagano Station.

Yuki Shimizu

Born in 1993 in Tokorozawa, Saitama.

Completed postgraduate studies at Tokyo University of the Arts in 2022.

Currently lives and works in Toride City, Ibaraki Prefecture.

Aiming for the unity of material, technique, form, decoration and firing, he reinterprets concepts and origins other than the intended use of vessels and jars in the creation of his works.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Hyo and Cho (gallery-1. Tokyo, 2022)

Room of Desire (ART FOR THOUGHT, Tokyo, 2023)

Various others

Rin Nakanishi

Born in Shizuoka, Japan in 1999.

Enrolled in the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts, majoring in sculpture in 2023.

Having grown up in a family that owned a confectionary store, he creates sculptures and performances mainly using confectionary as a material.

He produces "eat sculpture," which extends the experience of viewing an object not only by looking at it, but also by eating it, through the use of aromas, tastes, and textures.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Give me a star (Gallery binosha, Tokyo, 2021)

Have you ever wanted to eat yourself? (Cafe Frontier, Tokyo, 2022)

eat sculpture (ART FOR THOUGHT, Tokyo, 2023)

Selected Group Exhibitions 

P.O.N.D ARCADE Dialogue (PARCO MUSEUM TOKYO, Tokyo, 2023)

Major Awards

Special Award at the Selected Students Exhibition (Gallery binosha, 2019)

Melissa Finkenbiner

January 2022-present 

Sumi-e (Suiran Yamada, Toshima, Tokyo, Japan)

November 2021-present 

Jewelry/Chasing/Engraving Courses @ Aoyama School of Jewelry and Metalsmithing (Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan)

June 2022 Master of Business Administration @ Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.

May 2008 Bachelor of Arts in Art Education @ Evangel University Springfield, Missouri, U.S.A.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Water and Mountain, (Moshimo Café and Art Space, Hayama, Japan, 2022)

Last Call (Open House, Harare, Zimbabwe, 2020)

Nodoka Yamaura

Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1990. Graduated from Tokyo Zokei University with a major in Graphic Design in 2015 and currently lives and works in Tokushima Prefecture.

Nodoka Yamaura has been working with materials that harmonize with light and nature, such as Japanese paper, sand, and indigo, while incorporating light, space, and the atmosphere of viewing artworks into her concept. Since around 2014, she has been creating original patterns that look like braided fabrics and can be linked to various environments and motifs and named this technique "NODOKA". She has exhibited her works in the U.S., Northern Europe, and other countries, and has participated in artist-in-residence programs. Since 2020, she has been working at Awagami Factory in Tokushima, where she is involved in the production of Awa handmade Washi paper.

Major Permanent Exhibitions

Archipelago Art Residency in Korpo (Turku, Finland, 2019)

Awagami Artist In Residence (Tokushima, Japan, 2019)

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Toy Shop! (Kamome Books (bookstore), Tokyo, 2017)

BAGLE PARTY.  (HB Gallery (art gallery), Tokyo, 2017)

Muscat Day (dish (cafe), Tokyo, 2018)

yamaura nodoka. Solo exhibition (niji garo (gallery), Tokyo, 2018)

Swing, Shiny, Joy and Memories. (ART FOR THOUGHT, Tokyo, 2023)

Major Awards

11th “1_WALL” Graphics Award (2014)

12th “1_WALL” Graphics Award (2016)

Selected for the Dynic Award at the 3rd Tokyo Book-Cover Design Award (2015)

13th “1_WALL” Graphics Award” Jury's Encouragement Award selected by Daijiro Ohara (2015)

Selected for the 197th “The Choice” selected by Naoki Saito (2015)  

15th “1_WALL” Graphics Award (2016)

Selected for the Delicious Tohoku Package Design Award (2016)

“HB FILE Competition VOL. 27” Jury's Award selected by Seiichi Suzuki (2016)

mt design contest 3 Jury's Award selected by Kōji Iyama (2016)

“INK de JET! JET! JET! × ZOKEI” Peace Paper Industrial Award (2017)

See Exhibitions List