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Reiko Imoto was born and grew up in Kobe, Japan, where she found her love of art during early childhood. After she was given her father’s old 35mm SLR camera, she started photography in 1993. Reiko left Japan in 1994, and lived in Ireland, England, and the United States. In 2002 she earned a Master’s degree of Fine Arts in photography from Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. Since 2004, she has lived and worked as a fine art photographer in Brussels, Belgium, having solo as well as group exhibitions, publishing books, and giving lectures and slideshows in Europe, the United States, Japan and Cuba.
Since 1993, Reiko has had 32 solo exhibitions and 37 group exhibitions in the galleries, art centers, museums, universities, embassies, international photo festivals and art fairs in 16 countries: Japan, England, the United States, Poland, Slovakia, Russia, China, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Germany, Cuba and Greece. Some of her solo exhibitions were invitational exhibitions in several international festivals of photography such as “Fotofestiwal” (Lodz, Poland, 2004), “Month of Photography” (Bratislava, Slovakia, 2005), “Diaporama, festival de photographie” (Nantes, France, 2006), and “Fotoseptiembre USA” (San Antonio, Texas, USA, 2006 and 2008).
Many of Reiko’s works have become part of private and public collections in Asia, Europe, and the United States. Some of her prints were selected for the “Art Collection of F. Hoffmann – La Roche AG,” Basel, Switzerland in 2010. She has won several grants and awards including the Best Portfolio Award at the “International Portfolio Review” in Bratislava, Slovakia in 2004.
The consistent themes in Reiko’s series of works are dreams, memories, imagination, wishes, and so on: the things we can see only when our eyes are closed. Being an ardent admirer of psychology of dreams and subconsciousness, the world of fairy tales, and surrealism art, she thinks of what is seen only within one’s own inner world (personal vision) as “another reality,” and has been working on capturing such internal reality on her photographs. Instead of giving the “answers,” her work confronts the viewers with “questions” of what reality is.


Education
2002 M.F.A., Photography, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, USA
2002 attend Emmet and Elijah Gowin’s workshop, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, USA
2001 attend Susan Kae Grant, and Maggie Taylor’s workshop, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, USA
1998 attend Keith Carter, and Debbie Fleming Caffery’s workshop, Santa Fe Workshops, Santa Fe, USA
1998 Diploma of Art and Design, Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, London, England

Permanent Collection
2010 Art Collection of F. Hoffmann – La Roche AG, Basel, Switzerland
Gallery TANTO TEMPO, Kobe, Japan
Gallery Tosei, Tokyo, Japan
Kobe Watakushi Bijutsukan (Kobe Private Museum), Kobe, Japan
2009 Kobe Watakushi Bijutsukan (Kobe Private Museum), Kobe, Japan
2008 Savannah College of Art and Design, Lacoste, France
2000 “Silverworks”, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA

Grants, Awards, and Supports
2008
Awarded support by “Mairie d’Apt” for a part of solo exhibit , Mairie d’Apt, Service des affaires culturelles, Apt, France
Awarded support by “Texas Woman’s University (TWU), Department of Visual Arts ” and “Texas Commission on the Arts” for a part of a 3 artists exhibit, TWU, USA
Awarded support by “Savannah College of Art and Design” for a part of solo exhibit in Lacoste, SCAD, Savannah, USA
Awarded support by “City of San Antonio Cultural Affairs” and “SAPL Imaging” for a part of solo exhibit, San Antonio, USA
2007
Awarded support by “The Culture and Art Center” for a part of solo exhibit and publishing the catalogue, Gornoslaskiego Centrum Kultury, Katowice, Poland
Awarded support by “The Culture and Art Center” for a part of solo exhibit and publishing the catalogue, Osrodek Kultury i Sztuki, Wroclaw, Poland
2006
Awarded support by “Office of Cultural Affairs” for a part of solo exhibit, City of San Antonio, San Antonio, USA
Awarded as a contributor of “Diaporama” slideshow,Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, France
Awarded support by Centrum Kultury “Zamek” for a part of solo exhibit, Poznan, Poland
2004
Awarded 1st place for “The International Portfolio Review”, Bratislava Month of Photography, Bratislava, Slovakia
2003
Awarded as a contributor of “Hayden’s Ferry Review” (for 5 images for the covers and inside), Arizona State University, Tempe, USA
Selected as a participant of “Review Santa Fe”, a juried portfolio review, Santa Fe Center for Photography, Santa Fe, USA
Selected as an altenate for “A-I-R: Residency Program”, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, USA
2002
Awarded a scholarship to attend Emmet and Elijah Gowin’s workshop, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, USA
2001
Awarded a scholarship to attend Maggie Taylor’s workshop, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, USA
1999-2001
Received the Malcolm Curtis Propes Fellowship, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, USA

Solo exhibitions (selection)
2013 "Miniascape Window" exhibit, Galerie "am schwarzen meer", Bremen, Germany
2012 "Miniascape Window" exhibit, Gallery Tosei, Tokyo, Japan
2010 "Visions of the Other Side" exhibit, Galerie Monika Wertheimer, Oberwil, Switzerland
"Wings of Time" exhibit, Gallery FotoGrafic, Prague, Czech Republic
"Dreamscapes - Visual Spirals of Cosciousness / Unconsciousness" exhibit, and Gallery Talk event, Gallery TANTO TEMPO, Kobe, Japan
"A String o f Memories - Recalling Phantom Lights" exhibit, Gallery Talk, and Portfolio Reviewing event, Gallery Tosei, Tokyo, Japan
2009 "Dreamtime" exhibit, Galerie 4, Cheb, Czech Republic
"The World of REIKO IMOTO" exhibit, Kobe Private Museum, Kobe, Japan
2008 "Dreaming Spirals" exhibit, and lectures, Atelier D’art Fernand Bourgeois, Apt, France
"Time Traveler's Diary" exhibit, and lecture with 6 series of slideshows, Galerie Pfriem, Lacoste, France
"Time Traveler's Diary" mini series exhibit, Instituto Cultural De Mexico, Fotoseptiembre USA (International Festival of Photography), San Antonio, Texas, USA
"Dreaming Spirals" exhibit, and Gallery Talk event with 6 series of slideshows,  Gallery Tosei, Tokyo, Japan
2007 "Dreamscapes" exhibit, and "Dreams of the Amnesiac" slideshow, GCK - Galeria Pusta, Katowice, Poland
"Dreamscapes" exhibit, "Dreams of the Amnesiac" slideshow, and extra 4 series of slideshows,BWA - Galeria Awangarda, Wroclaw, Poland
"Dreams of the Amnesiac", and 4 series of slideshows, La Luz, Wroclaw, Poland
2006 "Dreamscapes", PEP+NO NAME gallery, Basel, Switzerland
"Dreamscapes / Triptych", Bihl Haus Arts, Fotoseptiembre USA (International Festival of Photography), San Antonio, Texas, USA
"Dreamscapes", and “Dreams of the Amnesiac”, and 5 series of Slideshows, Pol'n (Art Center), and Le Lieu Unique (Art Center), Diaporama (Photo Festival), Nantes, France
"Dreamscapes", Galeria Fotografii "pf" (in Centrum Kultury "Zamek"), Poznan, Poland
"Poetic Mysteries", Japanese Embassy, (the Cultural & Information Center), Brussels, Belgium
"Dreamscapes ~Yumemiru Joukei~”, Gallery Warp, Osaka, Japan
2005 “Dreamscapes, Echoes of Childhood”, and “Dreams of the Amnesiac”, Galéria F7, The 15th Month of Photography, International Festival of Photography, Bratislava, Slovakia
2004 “Visions of The Other Side”, and “Dreams of the Amnesiac”, and 4 series of Slideshows. Sródmiejskiego Forum Kultury, Fotofestiwal, International Festival of Photography,  Lodz, Poland
2002 “Visions of The Other Side”, The Rapid Transit Gallery, Savannah, GA, USA
2001 “Memories and Dreams III”, Bistro Savannah Gallery, Savannah, GA, USA
“Memories and Dreams II”, Joe Bean’s Gallery, Savannah, GA, USA
1999 “Memories and Dreams”, StART Gallery, London, England

Group exhibitions (selection)
2013 "The Seventh Eye" 3 artists exhibit - Aki Tanaka, Kyunghee Lee, and Reiko I moto ("Time Traveler's Diary" series was exhibited), Gallery MI, Korean Cultural Center, Tokyo, Japan
2012 "DIVERSITY OF CZECH PHOTOGRAPHY" (DRTIKOL, FUNKE, SUDEK, TICHY) exhibit, ("Visions of the Other Side" book was exhibited), Czech Center, Tokyo, Japan
"The Tokyo Art Book Fair" ("Visions of the Other Side" book was represented by UTAKATA-DO), Kyoto University of Art and Design, Tohoku University of Art and Design, GAIEN CAMPUS, Tokyo, Japan
"Artists from Hyogo prefecture" exhibit (works from "Dreamscapes" series were exhibited), Kobe Private Museum, Kobe, Japan
2011 "Emerging Directors Art Fair - ULTRA 004" (Masako Miyazaki, Hiroshi Watanabe, Reiko Imoto - 3 artists from Gallery Tosei, works from "Dreamscapes" series were exhibited), Spiral Garden, Tokyo, Japan
"TANTO TEMPO COLLECTION 2011 Summer", (works from "Dreamscapes" series were exhibited) Gallery TANTO TEMPO, Kobe, Japan
"Socio Arte KOBE 2011"Gallery TANTO TEMPO, Kobe, Japan
2010 "WIDE-AWAKE DREAMING" International Juried Exhibition (Juror: Russell Joslin, a wrok from "A String o f Memories" was exhibited),PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont, USA
"Collection Exhibition" (works from "Dreamscapes" series were exhibited), Gallery TANTO TEMPO, Kobe, Japan
2009 "collage post card show" Galleri KG 52, Stockholm, Sweden
2008 "Transformational Dialogue: David Gibson, Reiko Imoto & Osamu James Nakagawa” 3 artists exhibition, and lecture with 5 series of slideshows, (works from "Dreamscapes" series were exhibited),East and West Fine Arts Galleries in Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas, USA
2007 "Fotonoviembre" (9th International Biennale of Photography, works from "Dreamscapes" series were exhibited), Sala de Arte Los Lavaderos, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
2006 "(Inter)communication", Project_Fabrika gallery, Moscow, Russia
"see you later, maybe", (a work from "Visions of the Other Side" series was exhibited), a-space newnew, Ashiya, Japan
"Art Shanghai", (works from "Dreamscapes" series were exhibited), Shanghai Mart, Shanghai, China
2005 “54 Characters” (Slideshows/Video) projection, (“Dreamscapes, Echoes of Childhood” was selected), National Center of Photography, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
“54 Characters” (Slideshows/Video) projection, (“Dreamscapes, Echoes of Childhood” was selected), Zero Cinema club, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
“54 Characters” (Slideshows/Video) projection, “Dreamscapes, Echoes of Childhood” was selected, Russian National Center for Contemporary Art, De’Art Festival, Moscow, Russia
2004 “Selections of Silverworks” (a work from "Visions of the Other Side" series was exhibited), May Poetter Gallery, Savannah, GA, USA
2003 “Texas National”, (Juror: Jerry Uelsmann, a work from "Visions of the Other Side" series was exhibited), The Art Center, Nacogdoches, TX, USA
“Photo Show”, Oglethorpe Row Gallery, Savannah, GA, USA
2002 “Natural Selection” (works from "Visions of the Other Side" series were exhibited), Northlight Gallery, Tempe, AZ, USA
“The 4th Annual Broom Street” (a work from "Visions of the Other Side" series was exhibited), The Broom Street Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2001 “Far From Home” (a work from "Memories and Dreams" series was exhibited), Ex Libris Gallery, Savannah, GA, USA
"Acura Exhibition" (works from "Visions of the Other Side" series were exhibited), The Red Gallery, Savannah, GA, USA
“Silverworks 2000”, (a work from "Visions of the Other Side" series was exhibited), Pinnacle Gallery, Savannah, GA, USA
2000 “Far From home”, (a work from "Memories and Dreams" series was exhibited), Bergen Hall Gallery, Savannah, GA, USA
1998 "Graduate show", (works from "Memories and Dreams" series was exhibited), Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, London, England
1994 "'94 Asia International Forum Photo Exhibition", Hiroshima Citizen Forum Gallery, Hiroshima, Japan
“Annual Photo Exhibition”, International Center for Photography, Osaka, Japan
"Lifestyle in Asia Photo Exhibition" Hiroshima Station Gallery, Hiroshima, Japan
1993 “Andepandan Exhibition”, International Photography Festival, Higashikawa, Japan

Monograph publications

"CUBA: The Blue Bird dreams about the World beyond the Sea",
Tosei - sha, Tokyo, Japan, 2015
"Miniascape Window", Tosei - sha, Tokyo, Japan, 2012
"Visions of the Other Side", KANT, Prague, Czech Republic, 2012
"Dreamscapes", OKis, Wroclaw, Poland, 2007

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