ART WORLD Exhibition

Japanese Calligraphy by RIHAKU

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan

Shodo, or "The Way of Writing”, is the ancient Japanese form of calligraphy. Like many calligraphic styles, shodo in its simplest understanding is the art of beautiful, artistic writing. But it also captures the intrinsic Japanese spirit and aesthetic of wabi sabi, as the works of art transfer simple, graceful harmony and beauty onto paper. Each line is infused with wisdom that lasts beyond that creation of the words themselves.

In her work, RIHAKU strives to respect the origins of Japanese calligraphy while simultaneously aiming to create a new style of art using materials beyond the traditional. In doing so, she wants hopes to make Japanese calligraphy as expressive as film or music, emotionally resonating with and simulating the senses of people around the world, even those with no knowledge of the Japanese language.


In addition to her work as a calligraphy artist, RIHAKU is also a consultant for the Japan Calligraphy Museum and a calligraphy professor at the Japan Education Calligraphy Federation. She uses a variety of material, including gold and silver leaf, in her works to create a new style of “art calligraphy”. Her work has been featured in exhibitions around the world, including New York, Monaco, and Istanbul. She is currently based in Nishinomiya, Japan

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