Christian Hidaka


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Christian Hidaka (Noda, Japan 1977) studied Fine Art at Winchester School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools, London. He lives and works in London. Christian Hidaka's paintings use landscape to create an imaginary world. This imaginary world is not of our world but is perhaps the representation of another non existent world. Rather than idealising it, nature in Hidaka's work is depicted as limitless and unfolding. There is a focus on three types of space- deserts, mountains and caves. In the deserts can be found sites activated by actions, narratives and signs. In the mountains the viewers eye bounces and reverberates across the picture plane, between mountain peaks, multiple horizons, waterfalls and mist. The cave entrances can be found in the mountains and deserts leading to uninhabited spaces. Hidakas' images alienate themselves from traditional modes of landscape depiction: without a homely place of reference the viewer is left to wander in an alien world to explore possibility rather than impossibility.

Selected exhibitions include a solo show at Synagogue de Delme, France, in 2012, Walking Through..., MUDAM (Luxembourg) and Polemically Small, Torrance Art Museum (USA) in 2011, Elements of Nature, The Weisman Art Museum (California, USA) and Eat Me-Drink Me, The Goss-Michael Foundation (Dallas, Texas, USA) in 2009, The Future Lasts a Long Time, Le Consortium (Dijon, France) and Ideal Worlds, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (Germany) in 2005.

Selected press


Art Press

Christian Hidaka

November 2016


Christian Hidaka

October 2016


Christian Hidaka

September 2016


Christian Hidaka, avec force détails

August 2016

Le FigaroScope

Christian Hidaka, Le Romantique

April 2015

art press

Modernité à vol d'oiseau

January 2013


Expo Ward, tout en subtilités

April 2010

Flash Art International

Ideal Worlds : New Romanticism in Contemporary Art

July 2005


FRIEZE : Selected paintings

November 2003

The Observer Magazine

The Art of Zen

May 2003


the New Saatchi

April 2003


Adventures in Saatchiland

March 2003



Balanced Rock / Waterfall at the Top of the River

April 2011

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