Focus Artists 2021



In 2021  the section of the Guest Country of Lucca Biennale is coming back, with the wonders of Japan! One of the nations that has contributed themost to the development of paper as an expressive and artistic medium, the homeland of origami and washi paper.

The section focuses on artists and works from Japan to give a comprehensive look at the creative landscape of the country. The artists, architects, scholars and designers invited directly from the country of the Rising Sun present in Lucca Biennale Cartasia an exclusive selection of works and works related to the use of paper! #Lubicax is pleased to present the five artists soul of the section Focus Japan!

logo quando  When?

From August 1 to September 26

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Ex Museo del Fumetto, Lucca. 

Ex Cavallerizza, Lucca (The Seeds Alphabet 2017 and 2018Acquiferby Anna Onesti). 

logo-chi Who? What? How? 

  • Anna Onesti


    Anna Onesti

    The Seeds Alphabet 2015 - The Seeds Alphabet 2017 - The Seeds Alphabet 2018

    Anna Onesti trained between Rome and Turin. You then undertook an articulated program of studies in Japan, India and Indonesia to learn the ancient methods of dyeing and restoring paper and acquire the knowledge of the symbolic meaning that accompanies the flight of kites in oriental cultures. Some of her works are exhibited in major exhibitions in Italy and abroad and she is also constantly active in the field of Cultural Heritage with International Institutions dedicated to safeguarding cultural heritage

    Technique: Washi paper and handmade Japanese paper combined with traditional Japanese fabric colouring techniques with the use of natural colours (the itjimezome, the shiborizome and the katazome).


    The Seeds Alphabet 2015, Noren, digital print in 11 colors on Epson Japanese Kozo paper. A blue tale takes place on the work The Seed Alphabet (Noren), a tale made of flowers and phytomorphic forms. A partition that does not create a limit but a passage. A banner written with arborescent words, an alphabet made of flowers bloomed from mysterious seeds to make beautiful the word spoken and also the written word.



    The Seeds Alphabet 2017, 2 kites in Tsugaru style, digital print on washi paper, bamboo sticks and cotton threads. Two kites in Tsugaru style, a typology derived from the Japanese tradition, on the sheeting of paper are printed shapes referring to an alphabet made of flowers and phytomorphic shapes. The digital printing gives even more to these forms their calligraphic sense, their being writing, almost an X-ray of imaginary plant forms.

    • Kakou Imagawa

    • Kakou Imagawa

      Impermanence - The Gods of Wire - In Buddhism Six - Flower Shadow

      Kakou Imagawa has been an instructor of Calligraphy at several universities since 1997, after over forty years of study and performance perfecting her art of calligraphy. Kakou Imagawa is unique as an artist in that she chooses to produce the framework which creates an environment the calligraphy herself, preferring to control all aspects of the finished works, blending materials, such as antique Japanese fabrics from Kimono, Obi (Kimono Belt) and foil. This approach is a radical departure from what is typically found in contemporary calligraphy in Japan.

      Technique: ink and paper, pressed and rolled. For the frames, he uses a Japanese technique called "hyogu" which consists of gluing several layers of thin Japanese paper.


      Through his work, the artist wants to share his thoughts on the impermanence of all modern things. Nowadays, for example, paper dictionaries, once very important tools, are going out of use in favor of vocal translation systems, often destroying ancient knowledge. With his works, the artist wants to represent the damage done by materialism and the continuous and uncontrolled desire for progress. In "Fear and Desire" there is a translation from Buddhist scriptures and a gold plate that represents the damage that the machine of materialism causes to traditions and the environment.



    • Mark Yungblut

      Mark Yungblut


      Mark Yungblut began practising his art by drawing Japanese castles and temples during high school and continued to do so until he was introduced to Yasuyuki Okamura in April 2003 on a trip to Japan. Mr Okamura is a Kiri-e artist and teacher, who taught Mark the basics of this art form. Mark was originally drawn to the technique for its inherent simplicity and effectiveness. He created works mainly relating to Japan, but also pieces relating to Canadian architecture and fauna. Mark has exhibited his works in Tokyo and other locations in Japan, China, Ukraine, Chicago, Toronto and many other southern Ontario cities.

      Technique: Kiri-e, japanese technique based on paper-cutting, plus watercolor


      Mark Yungblut creates his works using a Japanese paper cutting technique called Kiri-e associated with the use of watercolour. His attention is particularly focused on traditional Japanese architecture.



    • Meyko Yokoyama

      Meyko Yokoyama

      Dream - Aneris - Butterfly 2 - Behind the Door - Being born again 2 - The tree of life

      Meiko Yokoyama is a Japanese artist who after graduating from the art faculty of the University of Kochi she moved to Florence where she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts. During her artistic career she invented an original technique which she gave the name of Washi-Arte: the image is created through the overlay and collage of Japanese paper, mainly of the Tengujo type (a paper known for its subtlety) and the installation of a backlight system that defines the immagine, currently she continues to develop the technique she devised and exhibits her works in Japan and Italy.

      Technique: Washi-Art (the image is created by overlapping and collage of Japanese paper, mainly Tengujo, a paper known for its thinness. The image is then created and defined thanks to a backlight system).


      The work Dream represents a girl lying on a carpet of flowers in Tuscany. The girl continues to dream with her eyes open deep in this beautiful colorful world, but at the same time she is trapped by her beauty. For the artist, in fact, Art is like a dream that she traps with her beauty, it is a beautiful enchantment. The work is made entirely with "Tengujo" colored Japanese paper.


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    • Yumiko Kido

      Yumiko Kido 

      The passage from matter to spirit

      Yumiko Kid was born in Japan in 1969 where she attended school and later began working as a production organizer of the TOHO theater in Tokyo. In 1993 she moved to Florence where she attended the Academy of Fine Arts and then the two-year course in Visual Arts and New Expressive Languages. Here she meets professor Luigi Doni who introduces her to the art of painting, an art that will become her muse to explain the meaning of her existence.

      Technique: fireink


      Pyres and incense which by burning spread their contents in the form of smoke towards the sky, are still today considered a moment of union between this world and the other world, between matter and spirit, between sacrifice and God. To create, directly through fire, a symbol of communication, the chrysanthemum. A special mixture that the artist calls "fire ink" penetrates into paper, a porous material, and, upon lighting, a small crackling flame, with gusts of white smoke, engraves the profile of the flower on the sheet, with its thin petals.



    The 10th Edition of Lucca Biennale will be held for the first time in an odd year from August 1 to September 26, 2021.

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