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Shoji Tanaka

Shoji Tanaka was born 1957 in Toyama, Japan. From 1977 he spent three years living and studying in France. It was here that he met his future wife Seiko.

He finds inspiration and influences from the literature of Edgar Allan Poe. After discovering the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism, he then commenced researching classical painting techniques. Shoji seeks to expand the “Ganzfeld Gemeinshaft” as a successor of the Surrealist movement since 1991. He has also organized many exhibitions and experimental theatre. In 2006 he went on to found the International Fantastic Art Association, which has thus far staged international exhibitions throughout Japan and in France. Through his own personal efforts, the group sponsored a number of artists to travel to Japan to exhibit with them. He continues to serve as its representative.

In 2008 he travelled to Europe again to meet and exhibit with the Society for the Art of Imagination. It was here that the two groups decided that they would form a co-operative relationship and become sister groups.

Seeking a more focused and specialised exhibition platform, Shoji then created his own exhibition project called L’Art Genso. Through this project, Shoji has hosted a number of exhibitions in France with high profile artists such as H.R. Giger, Gerard Di Maccio and Claude Verlinde.

His paintings draw upon images from the Middle Ages, while also re-interpreting various sources of literature. His view is that the present contains the past simultaneously. He has no need to be the follower of passing fashions, and thus seeks a more timeless expression.

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Events

International Surrealism Now Exhibition in Lisbon

Start: 30/11/2013
End: 04/01/2014
From November 30 to January 4, the "Casa Roque Gameiro" in Amadora, Lisbon - Portugal, will host the art exhibition "International surrealism now", curated by artist Santiago Ribeiro.
Dreams and Divinities Travelling Exhibition Paris

Dreams and Divinities Travelling Exhibition Paris

Start: 13/09/2013
End: 15/10/2013
The 2013 Dreams and Divinities travelling exhibition was launched this Spring Equinox in the historical Iglesia St Marcos of Toledo Spain. It will finish this autumn in Paris with a few exhibits and events including a celebration on the Autumn Equinox at La Porte Soleil.
Dreams and Divinities Travelling Exhibition 2013

Dreams and Divinities Travelling Exhibition 2013

Start: 22/03/2013
End: 31/03/2013
On the Spring Equinox of 2013 an exhibition of fifty nine Visionary, Surrealist and Fantastic artists and the book 'Divining the Dream' will be launched in Toledo, Spain. The launch will take place at a Dreams & Divinity Conscious Art Conference in the landmark Iglesia de San Marco.

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Videos

Phoenix and Dragons Exhibition Grand Palais 2011

Phoenix and Dragons Exhibition Grand Palais 2011

Duration: 00:05:00

Each year, Lukáš Kándl presents at the Salon Comparaisons, in Paris, a special themed exhibition of hand picked artists working in Magical Realism and its related directions.

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