a writer based in Tokyo
Hiromi Nishikawa

西川ひろみ Nishikawa Hiromi

藝術新著 1974年10月号 通巻298号 『増大特集:日本の肖像画」
Geijutsu Shincho, No.289, October 1974 (Japanese Portraits)

Hiromi Nishikawa in her studio

Born in Tokyo

1973, Graduated, Aichi Prefectural University of Arts
“New Artist Award”, Kokugakai (National Painting Association)
1974, “Pūruvū Award”, Kokugakai
1975, Aichi Prefectural University of Arts (certification)
1976, Aichi Prefectural University of Arts, Graduate studies
1980, Enrolls at Japanese Ministry for Cultural Affairs (Bunkachō kokunai)
1983, Member of Kokugakai (Kokuten)


Kokuga Sosaku Kyokai was established by a group of young painters in Kyoto: Chikkyo Ono, Bakusen Tsuchida, Kagaku Murakami, Banka Nonagase, Shiho-Sakakibara, and Hako Irie. 

Kokuten was the shortened name of the society.

Kokuga Sosaku Kyokai was founded on the principle that it is imperative that any artist should have complete freedom of expression.

As Ryuzaburo Umehara, a friend of Bakusen Tsuchida, and Riichiro Kawashima gained membership in 1925, the society split into two parts. The first was the Japanese Painting Division, and the second was the Western Style Painting Division, which later developed into the current Painting Division. The first exhibition, named Kokuten, was held in the following year.

The Kokuga Sosaku Kyokai was dissolved in 1928, while its second division became an independent organization called Kokugakai.  However, it continued to use Kokuten asits shortened name.

Facts about Kokugakai/Kokuten