Toshiaki Noda was born in Arita, Saga Prefecture, Japan, a region noted for its remarkable porcelain ceramics dating back to the 1600s. His parents are ceramic dealers in this treasured craft, where Toshiaki lived in an incomparable aesthetic culture influencing his studio practice today. He studied printmaking at California State University, Long Beach where he received a BFA in 2008. His printmaking education combined with his aesthetic and technical training in Japan lends a unique vision to his ceramic practice.
Unlike the smooth, consistent surface of the treasured Imari wares, Toshiaki uses the plasticity of clay to push boundaries of form, and the alchemy of glaze to explore texture. Noda discards traditions, instead expresses temporal degradation, a throwaway culture through tears, cracks, crust – a sculptural manifestation of waste. With spontaneity and curiosity as his guide, his sculptural planes contort with tension. In his first exhibition at PSG we’ve combined several series of ceramics that have textural and structural adulteration tying the works together in a unique visual field.
In 2017 Toshiaki Noda was selected from 2,744 applicants for The New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship in Sculpture. Noda lives and works in New York, where he was employed as a studio assistant for Jeff Koons for several years. Recent exhibitions include Tomio Koyama Gallery in Tokyo as well as exhibitions in Milan and New York.