Toshiaki was born in 1982 in Arita, Saga Prefecture, Japan, a region noted for its remarkable porcelain ceramics dating back to the 1600’s. Noda’s parents were ceramic dealers in the treasured craft of Imari ceramics, where Toshiaki grew up in an incomparable aesthetic culture, influencing his studio practice today. Noda left Japan for California State University, Long Beach where he received a BFA in printmaking in 2008. His printmaking education combined with his aesthetic and technical training in Japan leant a unique vision to his practice.
In Noda’s early exhibitions he presented a series of diminutive forms altered by his unique blend of alchemy. Noda’s plasticity of medium allows him to push form and texture, with layers of crust, tears, cracks, gloss and color. With spontaneity and curiosity as his guide, Toshiaki’s sculptural ceramics offer an unconventional vision. Kimberly Chun, Datebook, San Francisco Chronicle interviewed Noda for his exhibition at Spun Smoke. “The Queens artist, who also works as a studio assistant to Jeff Koons, was a printmaker until six years ago when he took in a ceramics show by Japanese potter Ryota Aoki. Today, less refined objects provide daily inspiration: the dirt, garbage and smashed cans Noda sees on the street. “That kind of stuff attracts my visual sense a lot,” he says. “Anything that shows age and time, the experiences that objects have in the world with time.”
Recent exhibitions include Tomio Koyama Gallery in Tokyo; Milan, Italy and New York. The New York Foundation for the Arts has named Toshiaki Noda as a 2017 Fellow. His work is recently reviewed in Sculpture Magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle.