Born in Tokyo, Hiroko Imada studied at the Tokyo Zokei University and later at The Slade School of Fine Art (University College London). Her degree show in 1992 caught the attention of Times Art Critic David Cohen, who described her work as ‘heralding an impressive new talent’. In 1992, Hiroko was awarded the British Council Fellowship for her achievements at The Slade. She is now based in London.
Hiroko works in various different media and has lectured at universities including University College London, University of the Arts London, as well as at art colleges and and higher education schools throughout the UK. She also specializes in teaching Japanese woodblock printing, papermaking and folded screen making, and established a Japanese woodblock printing course at the British Museum in 2000. Since then, she has been teaching there regularly. In addition, Hiroko has held workshops at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Durham Oriental Museum and Bristol City Museum, as well as at many other museums and art galleries. Since 2008, she has been invited to run the Japanese Woodblock Printing workshop at the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, every year.
Hiroko has exhibited throughout Europe and Japan. She was invited to present her work as a British representative at the 20th International Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia, and she was the Japanese representative at a three-person exhibition ‘Oriental Triangle’ by the Youth Foundation, Oporto, Portugal. Most recently, in April 2012, she was invited to present her installation work at the International Seminar of Dance Education for Children & Youths at Vantaa, Finland.
Her works from part of several important collections, including the Central Japan Railway Company; Tokyo Electric Power Company; University College London; the Youth Foundation, Oporto; the British School in Rome; Berlin City Library; Children and Youth Art Library, Germany; Nissinbo Trade Union, Japan; as well as many other public and private collections.
Related to Hiroko Imada Solo Exhibition: Works of Nature & Dance/Movement at the Riverside Studios, Mar - Apr 2013
Metro (Life & Style, Exhibition, 43 page) 18 March 2013
Evening Standard (Going Out, Exhibitions) 20 March 2013
Diverse Japan (Art Exhibition Review) 21 March 2013
Sequins and Cherry Blossom (A Japanese Artist Paint English Country Garden) 28 March 2013
Asian Art Brief (Contemporary Japanese Art) 29 March 2013
Embassy of Japan in the UK Webmagazine (Event) March 2013
Embassy of Japan, Japan UK Events Calendar
UCL Slade School of Fine Art News
One Stop Arts
Big Ben (London Nippon Club monthly magazine)
Absolutely Chiswick April 2013 issue