Bio

Hiroyo Kaneko is a photographer currently based in Oakland, CA. Born in Aomori, Japan, she received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BA in French Literature from Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo.
Her work has been exhibited extensively in the United States and Japan at spaces including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Headlands Center for the Arts, SF Camera Work, Rayko Photo Center, the Nagasaki City Library, the Third Gallery Aya, and the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo.
Kaneko is a recipient of the Santa Fe Prize for Photography 2009 and a winner of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Photography Portfolio Competition 2012. In 2017, she won 1st place in the 21st Juried Exhibition at the Photographic Center Northwest. Her work is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Rayko Photo Center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo.
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Education:
MFA   Photography, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, 2005
BA  French Literature, Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo, 1987

Professional Experience:
2017- Adjunct Faculty, Creative Art Department, De Anza College, Cupertino
2016   Visiting Lecturer, Art Studio, University of California, Davis
1997- Freelance Photographer and Writer

Solo Exhibitions:
2020   Appearance, Poetic Scape, Tokyo
2020   Appearance, The Third Gallery Aya, Osaka
2019   Garden Project, Social Art Lab, Kyushu University, Fukuoka
2019   Garden Project, Gallery Mestalla, Tokyo
2018   Appearance, KU REN BOH, Chohouin Buddhist Temple Gallery, Tokyo
2017   Appearance, Nikon Salon Gallery, Tokyo and Osaka
2013   Comes to the Light, Gallery Ishi, Tokyo, Japan
2012   Steam & Ice, Red Poppy Art Center, San Francisco
2012   Unfolding Lives In Tohoku, Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco
2009   Nagasaki Dialog, Nagasaki City Library, Nagasaki, Japan
2009   Nature/Nurture, Two persons show with Betsy Weis, Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco
2009   Sentimental Education, MIAD Perspective Gallery, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee
2008   Each Sun, Two persons show with Chris McCaw, Togonon Gallery, San Francisco
2006   The Three Cornered World, Japan Information Center, Consulate General of Japan, San Francisco
2004   fountains, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco
2002   Nagasaki Dialog, Photographers’s Gallery, Tokyo
2001   Bushes and Palace, Gallery La Camera, Tokyo
2001   Bushes and Palace, The Foreign Correspondent Club Of Japan, Tokyo

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2018 – 2021   Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography curated by Susan Bright, author of Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography, and Denise Wolff, Senior Editor at Aperture Foundation, Louisiana Museum of Art and Science, FOAM, C/O Berlin, The Photographers’ Gallery, The Polygon Gallery, and Hasselblad Foundation
2019   Ancestral Journeys, Euphrat Museum of Art, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA
2017   THERE IS NO ALAS WHERE I LIVE, Curated by Ann Jastrab, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2017   21st Juried Photography Exhibition, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA
2016   Zones of Representation, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA
2015   Voices, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley
2015   Heat, SF Camerawork, San Francisco
2015   3@6×6, face/people/action, curated by Hiroyo Kaneko, PHOTO, Oakland
2014   Local Treasures: Bay Area Photography, curated by Anne Veh, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley
2013   Nature as Muse, Murray Circle at Cavallo Point, Sausalito
2011   Fukushima – Opening Doors with Compassion, Lutherkirche, Cologne, Germany
2011   LOST WORLDS > < MAKING WORLDS, Murata & Friends, Berlin, Germany
2010   THINGS ARE EXPANDING, Swarm Gallery, Oakland
2009   Photography Now: China, Japan, Korea, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
2008   EIGHTEEN MONTHS: TAKING THE PULSE OF BAY AREA PHOTOGRAPHY, San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, San Francisco
2007   Elusive Subjects; James Welling, Sanna Kannisto, Jun Shiraoka, Hiroyo Kaneko, curated by Hiroyo Kaneko, Togonon Gallery, San Francisco
2007   Small Ambitions; A Perspective, Togonon Gallery, San Francisco
2007   Close Calls 2007, Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco
2005   Conversation With The Wall, Root Division Artists Space, San Francisco
2005   Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition, Herbst Pavillion, Fort Mason, San Francisco
2005   MFA (Maestras of Foto Art) Exhibit, Focus Gallery, San Francisco
2004   image, object, back, forth, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute,
2002   PHOTOGRAPHY TODAY 2 – [sait] site/sight, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Monographs
Appearance, with essays by Lisa Sutcliffe and Ann Jastrab, Seigen-sha, 2020

Collections
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Awards:
2017   1st place in PCNW 21st Juried Photography Exhibition (Juror: Sandra Phillips)
2012   Philadelphia Museum of Art, Photography Portfolio Competition (Jurors: Peter Barberie, Andrea Modica, Vince Aletti)
2009   Santa Fe Prize for Photography (Juror: Charlotte Cotton)
2009   People/Places/Things: an International Photo Competition Celebrating En Foco’s 35th Anniversary (Honorable Mention)
2009   Asahi Shinbun Foundation Art Grant
2005   Paul Sack Photo Award
2003   MFA Merit Scholarship, San Francisco Art Institute

Catalogs:
2014   “Local Treasures: Bay Area Photography”, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
2010   “3x3x3”, a collaborative project with Mayumi Hamanaka and Satoshi Nakashima for THINGS ARE EXPANDING, Swarm Gallery
2002   “Photography Today 2 – [sait] site/sight”
2001   “Bushes and Palace”
1999   “Along Leaves”

Selected Reviews:
Ways of Seeing, Appearance, Mika Kobayashi, 2020, 06 11, SEIN
Show’s images capture ‘hard times’, Sam Whiting, January 4, 2018, San Francisco Chronicle
Local Treasures: Bay Area Photography, R Todd Kerr, April 2014 Berkeley Times
“Double Dare at Swarm Gallery” for THINGS ARE EXPANDING, DeWitt Cheng, January 2011, East Bay Express
“Eighteen Months: Taking the Pulse of Bay Area Photography”, Jeanne Storck, July 2008, Flavorpill “site/sight”, Atsushi Sugita, BT, August 2002, Bijutsu Techou
“Nagasaki dialog” Koutaro Iizawa, Asahi Camera, June 2002, Asahi Shinbunsha
“Bushes and Palace” Miyabi Taniguchi, Nihon Camera, June 2001, Nihon Camera sha

Selected Publications:
Special Feature Photography, Appearance by Hiroyo Kaneko, Asahi Camera, July 2017
Story of Photography, Appearance by Hiroyo Kaneko, PhatPhoto, July 2017
70 photographs, edited and written by Akiko Otake, Asahi Press, May 2014
8 Views of Mt. Fuji by 8 photographers, Asahi Camera, August 2013
Sentimental Education by Hiroyo Kaneko, Asahi Camera, February 2013
Work by Hiroyo Kaneko, Women Arts Quarterly Journal, Volume 2, Issue 3, Summer 2012
Sentimental Education and interview with Hiroyo Kaneko, ZHIJP, China, July 2011
Appearance by Hiroyo Kaneko, Asahi Camera, February 2011
Sentimental Education by Hiroyo Kaneko, Phat Photo, April/May 2010
A Conversation with Hiroyo Kaneko, NYMPHOTO a collective of women photographers, 2009
Photographer Profile, Interview with Hiroyo Kaneko, Japan Exposures, 2009
Lay Flat 01, Remain in Light, 2009