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Ren Yano
Performance | Traditional Japanese Art | Traditional Japanese Performance | Visual Art   (NSW)

Ren is an artist who specialises in ‘Shodo,’ Japanese traditional calligraphy. After holding exhibitions in Tokyo and Osaka, in 1996, he moved his arts practice to Sydney. In 2003 he gained Australian permanent residency as an artist, and until now this has been the only case a Japanese citizen has achieved Australian permanent residency status in the plane visual arts division.

Now his work can be seen all over NSW through his exhibitions. In addition, he has held various performances and workshops on many occasions including events at the Art Gallery of NSW,  the Cowra Japanese Gardens and the Japanese Embassy’s Candle Festival.

He has also taken the role of Kanji (Japanese characters) Demonstration in the SBS Japanese learning show ‘Nihongo Daisuki’ and other Chinese learning shows.

In recent years he has impressed overseas audiences with many activities including his exhibition in Dubai and performance at the Japan Day in New Zealand, to which he was invited by the Auckland Consulate of Japan.

In 2010 his work ‘Furusato’ (En: place of origin) was approved by the Japanese Foreign Ministry as a national property of Japan, meaning his artistic talent is now recognised by two nations (Australia and Japan). This work is now housed at the Japanese Embassy in Canberra. He participated in production of Hollywood movie ‘The Wolverine (2013)’ as a calligrapher.

Ren now holds Shodo classes in Sydney, and is endeavouring to pass his talent to future generations.

  Photos: 良酒あらば; 愛; 大書デモ
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