Estu Egami, Lifeline

31 May - 21 June 2024

In our third edition of the invited artists series at Opera Gallery Geneva, we are excited to showcase the exceptional talent of Japanese artist Etsu Egami. This initiative empowers artists to curate their own exhibitions, and Egami's exhibition, titled 'Lifeline,' brings together 11 recent works that offer a unique perspective and showcase her distinct artistic style.


When we gaze upon Etsu Egami’s creations, a curious phenomenon unfolds. We find ourselves grappling with a unique ambiguity, unsure of what exactly meets our eyes. While this might typically pose a challenge when interpreting representational art, in Egami's case, it morphs into a deliberate intrigue—a sort of enigma or intricate puzzle that underlies her expansive, brushstroke-rich canvases. Her art bridges the realms of figurative painting and illusionism, culminating in a fresh and captivating aesthetic encounter.


Etsu Egami (b. 1994 in Chiba, Japan) lives and works in Tokyo. She studied at The Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design in Germany and at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. She has shown paintings in major art hubs internationally. Her work has already entered the collection of institutions including CAFA Art Museum in Beijing, Moscow’s Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, and E-Land Foundation in Seoul and has been exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Grand Palais in Paris, the Ueno no Mori Museum of Art, the UNESCO Museum of Culture, the Asian Art Institute in Chicago, the Japan Foundation for Contemporary Art, the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, the Korea Cultural Agency, the Tomioka Museum of Art in Japan, the Nanjo Museum of Art in Japan, the Japan-China Friendship Museum in Tokyo among others.

Artwork: Etsu Egami, Life line – Can you hear the fetal movements?, 2024, Oil on canvas, 137 x 199,5 cm | 53.9 x 78.5 in