Egami Etsu was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1994. She graduated with a B.F.A. from the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) specializing in Oil Painting in 2016. She is currently pursuing an M.F.A. at CAFA under the mentor of artist Liu Xiao Dong.
Growing up in United States and Europe, and currently living and working in China, Egami Etsu experienced various communication barriers she encountered as a result. She felt that languages can “only be sensed, not explained”, thus becoming more interested in the discipline of language and communication. Etsu’s works comprise of various media forms, such as voice, video and drawings, through which she strives to question human’s instincts and the authenticity of communication. As Japanese art critic Chiba Shigeo said, “Egami Etsu uses different media and method to investigate the communication in modern society and the essence of human being”. Chinese curator Feng Bo Yi also said “Etsu’s creation is about the concept and the significance of ‘communication’. Through the paintings and videos which embodies these mishearing games, as well as the evolution of times, the clashes between civilizations, we acquire a discourse on the barriers in language communications, and subsequently even trigger a crisis.”
Egami Etsu’s first solo exhibition is God’s Voice, Human’s Words? DEHAIRI Projects, Tokyo, Japan (2016). She also had many group shows in Asia, including: Negotiating Space: I Never Thought You Were Like That – Third CAFAM Biennale, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China (2016); Neither Here nor There, Yuan Dian Art Museum, Beijing, China (2016); Fan Xin Ji Hua, Tree Art Museum, Beijing, China; Tianjin Wen Hua Gu, Tianjin, China; Japan – China Friendship Center Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, Milal Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea (2016).
Between 2012 to now, Etsu won numerous CAFA and East International Exhibition awards. Most recently she won the CAFA Yi Lian Great Graduation Works Award in 2016, as well as the Sixth CAFA Competition Awards of Excellence and Popularity and the Sixteenthe East International Art Exhibition Special Jury Award both in 2015.
Egami Etsu currently lives and works between Beijing, China and Japan.