Jyoti Naoki Eri is a Japanese artist residing in Auroville – a universal township in making in South India.
He studied traditional Japanese art as the foundation to his artistic career.
He has used this strong traditional background to break barriers in his art and explore multiple techniques and mediums in his artwork such as; calligraphy, sculpture, water colours, ceramics, lacquer work etc.
This research has lead him to believe that art can bridge and harmonise the dualities of existence.
He seeks to create visual poetry dedicated to humanity.
“ I was born in an artist family in Kyoto, Japan. I started studying calligraphy since the age of seven. Then started to learn figurative sculptures in a public art high school in Kyoto. In 1994 I became a professional wood sculptor apprenticing under a master in Tokyo. In 1999 I lived in London for 1 year to study Mahayana Buddhism and Western art in general. After that I came back to Japan and studied Buddhist image sculptures and traditional art at my birth place Kyoto until 2004. After some intensive art and religious studies in Japan, gradually my focus shifted to deeper spiritual awareness. Then I decided to travel to Nepal, Tibet and India. I’ve visited a number of spiritual masters in different traditions to study Vajrayana Buddhism and Yoga. It was totally unexpectedly that I discovered Auroville (Tamil Nadu, India) a Universal township in making and decided to become a resident of Auroville in 2005. I practice & teach art in general in Auroville. I also organise a collaborative cultural/social programs under the title The ONE ASIA project.”
1994 Graduated Doda Municipal Art High School Sculpture Course, Kyoto, Japan
1994-1999 Apprenticeship under the guidance of a sculpture master Satoshi Yabuuchi, Tokyo, Japan
1999-2000 Studied Art in London, UK under the guidance of an art historian Prof. John White, former vice-president, UCL
2000-2004 Apprenticeship under the guidance of a sculpture master Kokei Eri, Kyoto, Japan
2004 – Reside in Auroville – an International Township in making and run an art and design studio
2001 Family Art Exhibition, Wako-Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
2010 Group Show “Another Way of Tea” [Curation & Participation] Kala Kandra, Auroville, India
2010 Solo Calligraphy Exhibition “Vertical Relations” Pitanga, Aurovile, India
2012 Group Show “Ek Sutra” [Curation & Participation] India International Centre, New Delhi, India
2013 Group Show “Ek Sutra” [Curation & Participation] Jawarahar Kala Kendra, Rajastan, India
2014 Group Show “Asian Calligraphy Exhibition” [Curation & Participation] NTNU, Taipei, Taiwan
2019 Group Show Auroville Art Camp “A New World is Possible” at Center’dArt, Auroville
Lecture & Workshop:
Colby University, Maine, USA (2004), Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan (2001-2004), NTNU, Taipei, Taiwan (2014), Auro University, Gujarat, India (2015), Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai, India (2017), Rakuten India, Bangalore, India (2019), Vana retreat, Dehradhun, India (2019), Chemould Prescott gallery, Mumbai, India (2019)
江里尚樹 – Jyoti
２００５年より、南インドの国際都市、オーロヴィルを拠点に芸術活動、またONE ASIA project 名義で文化活動、社会活動も行なう。