Junko Wada

After studying painting at Musashino Art University in Tokyo she was working on large scale abstract painting. The physical aspect of the work lead her to her very personal dance style. The source of painting and dance are the same and the body became an equivalent abstract sculpture in space. As she uses the brush for her paintings, she paints with her body on stage and the dance becomes a three-dimensional painting in space. Both – painting and dance – are abstract and have a faint relation to traditional Japanese art. Since 1985 she collaborated mainly with the sound artists Akio Suzuki, Rolf Julius, Hans Peter Kuhn and others, she participated in productions of Sasha Waltz & Guests “Dialoge series, noBody and Matsukaze). She performed in many museums, galleries and public sites worldwide, including ZKM Karlsruhe (DE), Centre Pompidou Paris (FR), Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin (DE), Telstra Adelaide Festival (AU), Asian Art Museum SanFrancisco( US), Museo de Arte de Sao Paulo (BR), Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL),Ruhrtriennale Essen (DE), and many others.
In 1998/99 she received a grant at Schloß Solitude, Stuttgart (DE) and since 1999 she lives in Berlin (DE). In the year 2003 she received a Hauptstadtkulturfonds grant for the year long project “Process Vol.2” that she created in collaboration with 28 fellow artists. In 2005 she returned to painting after a 10 year pause, and had a exhibition at haus am Waldsee in Berlin. Junko Wada lives and works in Berlin.