About Teruko Yokoi

Teruko Yokoi is an artist who was born in Aichi, Japan and lived in Switzerland She worked mainly in Europe and the United States Just like “poems drawn with color” she called her art works as, she created art works on the subject of seasonal scenery and nature such as flowers by various techniques/mediums, egg tempera, oil painting, water color, lithograph and so on Her works was characterized fusion of representational and abstract paintings, her colorful sense and bold composition.

横井 照子Teruko Yokoi

Biography

1924

Born in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture and moved to Tsushima City shortly thereafter.
She learned oil painting from Mitsuki Suzuki of the Shunyokai.
Graduated from Tsushima High School for Girls (now Aichi Prefectural Tsushima High School).

Around 1946,
at Nagoya Station

1949

Moved to Tokyo and became an auditing student at Joshibi University of Art and Design.
Studied under Takanori Kinoshita of the Issuikai.

1951
Selected by Issuikai and Nitten Exhibition.
1949, in the process of creation

1953

Moves to United States and enters California School of Fine Arts (now San Francisco Art Institute) in San Francisco.
Her painting experiences a gradual shift toward abstraction.

1955, with classmates at art school
1954
Receives Top Honor Scholarship.
1955
Wins fourth prize in Seventy Fourth Annual Painting and Sculpture Exhibition held at San Francisco Museum of Art.
Wins Japan Society Scholarship in the category of painting.
Holds solo exhibition of oil paintings at California Palace of the Legion of Honor.
Works from the San Francisco period

1955

Moves to New York to study with the abstract expressionist painter Hans Hoffman.

Around 1955, in San Francisco
1956
Be warmly treated by an artist Kenzo Okada and his wife.
Studies with Julian Levi at Art Student League of New York in New York.
The use of color to express different atmospheres of the four seasons appears in her work.
Works from New York period
1956
Exhibited 50 ink sketches of San Francisco landscapes at the "Great Earthquake Special Art Exhibition" held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
1957
Wins prizes in Philadelphia Annual Exhibition at Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts.
1958
Wins prizes in Washington Biennale at Corcoran Gallery of Art.

1959

Marries Sam Francis.

1959, with her own work
Works painted in Paris.

1960

Moves to Paris. Receives influence from Art informel movement.
In November, returns temporarily to Japan.

1961, at the venue of her solo exhibition at Minami Gallery, Tokyo

1962

Moved to Bern, Switzerland.

1964

She had a very successful three person exhibition at Kunsthalle Basel, and established himself as apainter in Switzerland.

1964, at the venue of the three person exhibition at Kunsthalle Basel
1969
Solo exhibition at Kunstmuseum Winterthur
1972
Solo exhibition at the Bernhardt Gallery
Solo exhibition at Atrium Gallery
1975
Five Foreign Painters in Bern “ at Kunstmuseum BernGrand Exhibition” at Kunstmuseum Bern
1981
Solo exhibition at Krebs Gallery
1987
Solo exhibition at Seibu Art Forum, “Like a Little Fluttering Sunflower”
Early works from the Bern period
1989
Solo exhibition at Berlay Abbey

1991

Obtained Swiss citizenship and Bernese citizenship

1970s, at Yokoi's studio
1995
Solo exhibition at Zimmermann House Gallery
1996
Solo exhibition at Nagoya International Cultural Center, Teruko Yokoi Exhibition “Poetry by Color” Lithographs 1969-1996 (Charity in support of Onoda Nature School)
2003
Solo exhibition at Fuji City Cultural Hall Rose Theater “Songs of the Four Seasons in Color”
Works from the late Bernese period

2004

Teruko Yokoi Hinageshi Art Museum opened.

1980s
2008
Teruko Yokoi Fuji Art Museum opened.
2009
Solo exhibition at Galerie Kornfeld, “Teruko Yokoi Retrospective Schnee Mond Blumen”
2015
Solo exhibition at Koumi machi Kogen Museum of Art, “70 years of artist life of Teruko Yokoi -Japanese Poems drawn in Switzerland-”
2016
Solo exhibition at Galerie Kornfeld, “Gemalte Poesie”
2019
Solo exhibition at Galerie Kornfeld, “Ausstellung zum 95. Geburtstag”

2020

Solo exhibition at Kunstmuseum Bern, “Teruko Yokoi. TOKYO NEW YORK PARIS BERN”
Died in October.
During her lifetime, Yokoi held more than 90 solo exhibitions in Japan, the U.S., Germany,
Switzerland, and other countries.

2020, at Kunstmuseum Bern
2021
Solo Exhibition at Tamesaburo Memorial Museum, a branch of the Furukawa Art Museum, “Teruko Yokoi Exhibition Blooming in Switzerland“
2023
Solo Exhibition at Tsushima Shrine, "International Painter Teruko Yokoi Exhibition: From Tsushima to the International Stage”

Artbooks and catalogs

1986
Teruko Yokoi “Like a small poppy” (Exhibition catalogue)
1990
Teruko Yokoi “The Five Seasons” (Art book)
2009
Teruko Yokoi “Schnee Mond Blumen” (Exhibition catalogue)
2010
Teruko Yokoi “Mond-Sonne-Jahreszeiten” (Exhibition catalogue)
2012
Teruko Yokoi “Schnee Mond Blumen II” (Exhibition catalogue)
2015
Teruko Yokoi “70 years of artist life of Teruko Yokoi -Japanese Poems drawn in Switzerland-” (Exhibition catalogue)
2020
Teruko Yokoi “Teruko Yokoi. TOKYO-NEW YORK-PARIS-BERN” (Exhibition catalogue)