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Yuko Kawada was born in Tokyo,Japan in 1962.
She studied major in Science of Art at Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo. During university enrollment, she lived and learned german at Goethe-Institute in Bremen and Iserlohn for total 6 months then attended a lecture on Western art history at the Hamburg University for half a year in Germany.

She stayed twice in the West Germany and traveled not only in West Germany, but also East Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Greece, Belgium and Denmark.When she visited the Royal Art Museum in Brussels, Belgium and saw “The abstract paintings of the 20th century” exhibition, she noticed abstract paintings that she could only draw.

After returning from Germany, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in a graduation thesis in a paper on ”Lucas Cranach’s Painting and Studio Management”. At the graduate school of Yokohama National University, she completed her master’s degree in a paper on “Methods of transferring Zen art and painting skills”. After that he worked as a art teacher at a junior high school and a high school, an assistant at a junior college, a curator of a private museum, and at the same time worked her paintings.

She decided to live as a painter when she trained at Zen temple in Iwate, northern japan.

She started presenting works by solo exhibition in Mitaka-city,TOKYO since 1995 and received the grand prize at “The 35th Kanagawa Prefectural Art Exhibition “Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery in 1999.

Works were recommended for the VOCA “The Vision Contemporary Art 2002”, The Ueno Royal Museum, TOKYO exhibition in 2002, and this was the opportunity to display works at group exhibitions at Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, and held workshops and gallery talks. As a result, She held a solo exhibition at the KANEKO ART TOKYO gallery in Kyobashi. The owner did not as Vanity Gallery, but continued to hold her solo exhibition for 12 years as a business partner.

Her works has been collected by Kushiro Art Museum, HOKKAIDO in 2005 and by The National Museum of Modern Art, TOKYO in 2007. With this achievement, she set up an independent atelier in Sagamihara city from 2008, and transferred the studio to Nagano city in 2012.

While she lived in Nagano for 4 years she was supported and donated by dozens of collectors. She presented her results at a solo exhibition held in Yokosuka Museum of Art, KANAGAWA in 2016.

The gallery of the partner was closed and she is now independent in 2016, .

In 2017 she moved her studio to Karuizawa Town in Nagano Prefecture and now is approaching new works through Internet mail magazine and Atelier Gallery-web site.

1995年から画家として発表活動を開始し、
1998年からは、副業を持たずに、画業ひとすじで生活を始めました。

2007年に東京国立近代美術館に作品が買い上げとなったことを機に、
2008年からは、相模原市内で独立したアトリエを構え、
2012年により良い制作環境を求めて、長野市内にアトリエを移しました。

2013年に損保ジャパン東郷青児美術館で企画開催された
『クィンテット展』での発表に際しては、
ブログから制作資金のご支援を集めるようになりました。

長野市内での4年間の制作生活では、
皆様のご支援と作品販売で制作活動を続け、
その成果として2016年に横須賀美術館での企画個展を開催することができました。

2016年に、これまで12年間お世話になった都内の取り扱い画廊の休廊に伴い独立。

翌2017年からは、長野市内から軽井沢町にアトリエを移し、
毎月手動で独自配信する「画家川田祐子ニュースレター」を媒介とするコミュニティを大切にしながら、
WEBサイト「Atelier Gallery」で毎月新作を発表しています。