About Ren (Hitoshi Yano)

Ren Profile Imageれんは、日本の伝統芸術である書道を軸に創作活動をするアーティストである。東京や大阪で多数の作品展示を行った後、1996年から活動の中心をシ ドニーに移す。2003年にアーティストとしてスペシャルスキルカテゴリーでオーストラリアの永住権を取得する。現在まで平面のビジュアルアートの部門で は日本人唯一の取得者で、オーストラリア政府公認のアーティストである。
NSW総督邸(Government House)やJapan Foundationなどで多くの作品展示活動、NSW州立美術館(NSW Art Gallery)やキャンベラの在豪日本大使館の招聘によるCandle Festivalなど様々なイベントでのパフォーマンス、カウラ日本庭園ほか幾つものワークショップ等、精力的に活動している。SBSテレビ放送の日本語 教育番組「Nihongo Daisuki」や中国語教育番組などで毛筆を担当した。
またドバイでの個展や在オークランド総領事館(ニュージーランド)招聘による“Japan Day”でのパフォーマンスなど、オーストラリア国外にも活動の幅を広げている。
2013年公開のハリウッド映画「ウルヴァリン SAMURAI」の制作に書家として参加。

Ren is an artist who specialises on ‘Shodo’, Japanese traditional calligraphy. After holding exhibitions in Tokyo and Osaka, he moved his centre of activity to Sydney in 1996. In 2003 he gained Australian permanent residence as an artist, and until now this has been the only case a Japanese citizen has achieved Australian permanent residence in the plane visual arts division.
Now his work can be seen all over NSW through his exhibitions. In addition, he has held various performances and workshops at many occasions including the NSW Art Gallery, the Japanese Embassy’s Candle Festival and the Cowra Japanese Gardens.
He has also taken the role of Kanji(Japanese characters) Demonstration in the SBS Japanese learning show ‘Nihongo Daisuki’ and other Chinese learning shows.
In recent years he has also impressed overseas audiences with many activities including his exhibition in Dubai and performance at the Japan Day in New Zealand, to which he was invited by the Auckland Consulate of Japan.
In 2010 his work ‘Furusato’ (En: place of origin) was approved by the Japanese Foreign Ministry as a national property of Japan, meaning his artistic talent is now recognised by two nations(Australia and Japan). This work is now housed at the Japanese Embassy in Canberra.
He holds Shodo classes in Sydney, and is endeavouring to pass his talent to future generations.
Ren participated in production of Hollywood movie “The Wolverine” (2013) as a calligrapher.

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