Japanese environmental artist (born in Kobe, Japan). Recipient of main awards, including 1995 Urban Art Award, Mauberge (France) Urban Design Award, Toyonaka City (Japan) 1999 Honorary Doctorate of Humanities (Anaheim University, USA) 2003 The 21st Kyoto Prefecture Culture Prize Merits Prize (Japan) etc.
Worked for Isamu Noguchi in Japan in 1973-1976. MariyoYagi has produced numerous large-scale works in cities and natural regions throughout the world.
They can be found in Europe, the United States, and Asia. Her poetic art works resonate with her NAWA principle : Spiral energy of movement and human beings together a metaphorical rope, all pulling together. She has found her own global vocabulary, an infinite array of spiraling forms. From 1980 through the present, she has created art-scape that incorporate plazas, gardens, fountains, earthworks and community art works. She has a canny ability to transform communities and the built environment through her unconventional interactive art practice. She shows every sign of moving forward with new ideas and new challenges. Her work continues opening new vistas and possibilities for humans from imagining a better world.
Selected exhibitions include The7th,9th,12th,15th International Biennale (Lausanne, Swiss) Art Now 10 Years 1970-1980 (Hyogo Museum of Art, Japan) Art Fabric Main Stream (San Francisco, Minnesota Museum, USA) 1993 Sculpture Trail Site Specific Earth Work (North Mayo, Ireland) 1981 K-18 International exhibition (Collateral Documenta, Kassel, Germany)1996 Desegni Urbani Art Biennale (Quaratta, Italy) Nature In Process (Hunter College Art Gallery, New York, USA)1997 Inside (Collateral Documenta, Kassel, Germany) Solo exhibition Gallery Shimada (Kobe, Japan) 2010 Setouchi Art Triennale Ogishima(Japan) 2011The 20th century artist /a Fondation Toms Pauli( Latviya ) 2011 Solo exhibition Gallery A4 Tokyo (Japan)
2014-2017 NAWA Axis for Peace-project LongHouse Reserve(NY USA)
2015 Glasstress Gotika Collateral Event of the 56th Venice Biennale (Italy)
Public Collections include Musse Cantonale des Beaux Art Lausanne ( Swiss )
La Fondation Toms Pauli (Lausanne, Swiss ) Museum Bellerive ( Zurich, Swiss )
Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art (Japan ) Casa de la Cultura Michoacan (Mexico) Nordllylands Kuntsmuseum (Denmark)
The LongHouse Reserve ( NY, USA)
The Cleveland Museum (USA) Brasilia National Art Museum ( Brasil )
Rio de Janeiro National Art Museum ( Brasil )