Commissioner for Cultural Affairs

Portrait of the comissioner

MIYATA Ryohei

Commissioner for Cultural Affairs

Metalwork artist, MIYATA Ryohei was born in 1945 in Sado, Niigata Prefecture as the third son of wax casting artist MIYATA Rando. While managing Tokyo University of the Arts as the president, he participates in both domestic and international exhibitions frequently including "MIYATA Ryohei Exhibition" (solo exhibition), displaying such a renowned series of dolphin motifs called "Springen".

He has received multiple accolades including the Japan Art Academy Prize, the Grand Prize and the Prize of Prime Minister at "Nitten (Japan Fine Arts Exhibition)," the Prize of Minister of Education and the Prize of Prime Minister at "Nihon Gendai Kogei Bijutsuten (Japan Contemporary Arts and Crafts Exhibition)".

After serving for a decade as President of the Tokyo University of the Arts, where he was also a professor and dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Mr. Miyata was appointed Commissioner for Cultural Affairs. He also served as chairperson of the Tokyo 2020 Emblems Selection Committee launched by the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics Organizing Committee.


NAME: MIYATA Ryohei ( Mr.)
Date of Birth: June8, 1945
Current Status: M.F.A. in Craft, Metal-Smithing, Tokyo University of the Arts
< Biography >
1990 Research Fellow at Museum Furkunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, under the Japanese Government Overseas Research Program
1996 Visiting lecturer, Central Academy of Arts and Crafts, Beijing China
1997 Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts
2001 Dean of Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts
2004 Vice President, Trustee, Tokyo University of the Arts
2005 President, Tokyo University of the Arts
2016 Comissioner, the Agency for Cultural Affairs
< Awards >
1972 Modern Japanese Crafts Arts Exhibition, Grand Prize (Tokyo)
1979 Modern Japanese Crafts Arts Exhibition, Prize of Minister of Education (Tokyo)
1981 The Japan Fine Arts Exhibition (Nitten), Prize of Excellence (Tokyo) (1997)
1985 Seibu Arts and Crafts Exhibition, Prize of Excellence(Tokyo)
1996 International Judaica Design Competition, Third Prize (Israel) commissioned work
1999 Mycal Marine Award, The Asahi Shimbun Company
2004 Japan Copper Development Association Prize, Japan Copper Development Association
2005 Setoyama Award, Ministry of Justice
2007 Modern Japanese Crafts Arts Exhibition, Prize of Prime Minister (Tokyo)
2009 Nitten (Japan Fine Arts Exhibition), Prize of Prime Minister (Tokyo)
2012 The Japan Art Academy Prize
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