Taiyo la Paix

with Peter Parpan http://peterparpan.net

and Brian Mashburn http://www.brianmashburnart.com at Rob Hunt’s

Forever Tattoo http://forevertattooasheville.com/rob-hunt/ photo by Derek Ian

Individual Exhibitions


White Walls, San Francisco, CA, Justin Giarla, director; 2013.



Winthrop University Galleries, Rock Hill, SC, Taiyo la Paix, a Retrospective, Karen Derksen, curator; 2013.


Weisenblatt Gallery, Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, NC, Taiyo la Paix, a Retrospective, Ken Gregory, curator; 2012.


Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC; John Cram, owner; Jordan Ahlers, director; 2009. www.bluespiral1.com


Flood Gallery Fine Art Center, Asheville, NC; Jolene Mechanic, owner; Andrew Prieto, curator; 2007.  www.floodgallery.org


Art Fair Exhibitions


Art Basel-Miami, Gen Art Vanguard New Contemporary Art Fair, Satellite Gallery at the Charcoal Studios, Miami, FL, 2008, Bill Thompson, gallery director; Francesco Locastro, fair director.


Museum Exhibitions


Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC, Play, Cole Hendricks, curator, 2013


Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC, Waking Up with Van Gogh, Moni Hill, curator, 2012.


Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Steven Matijcio, curator, Winston-Salem, NC, NCNC [North Carolina New Contemporary], 2010.



Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC, Make It New, Ron Platt, juror, 2007.



Selected Group Exhibitions


Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC, Seeing Is Believing, Ray Griffin, Thom Robinson, curators, 2013.



Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, GA, Drawing on the Unexpected; Mark Karelson, director; Julyan Davis, curator; 2013.


The Coop, Asheville, NC, Lean and Finely Textured Beef, Chad Adair, director, 2012.


Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC, Lines and Lives of the Face: Contemporary Portraits, Nancy Holmes/Margaret Curtis, curators, 2011.



Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC, Storyline: Narrative Works on Paper, John Cram, owner; Jordan Ahlers, director, 2011.


Sattelite Gallery, Five Year Anniversary Show, Bill Thompson, owner, 2011


S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, UNC Asheville, NC, UNC Asheville Invitational Art Exhibit, 2010, Virginia Derryberry/Robert Tynes, curators.



Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC, Seduction, Nancy Holmes, curator, 2010.



Flood Gallery Fine Art Center, Asheville, NC, Jolene Mechanic, director, 2008.


World of Wonder Storefront Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Crazians, 2008, Moye Ishimoto, curator.


Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC, New x 3, John Cram, owner; Jordan Ahlers, director, 2008.



Selected Press


Mountain Xpress, 07/24/2012, “Separately Together,” by Bridget Conn.



Bold Life: Western North Carolina’s Arts and Culture Monthly, 07/27/2011, “A Postmodern Romance,” by Norm Powers.



The Laurel of Asheville, 10/2009, “Works of TAIYO LA PAIX.” http://thelaurelofasheville.com/1009/page.php?id=010


Mountain Xpress, 09/30/2009, “Plastic with purpose: Taiyo la Paix’s fluffy, shiny paintings reveal deeper meanings,” by Alli Marshall. http://www.mountainx.com/ae/2009/093009plastic_with_purpose


Studio Visit, 2008.


Asheville Citizen Times, 06/22/2008, by Paul Clark.



Juxtapoz.com, Reader Art, 03/04/08.



Mountain Xpress, 02/13/2008, “The art of obsession,” by Connie Bostic. http://www.mountainx.com/ae/2008/021308bluespiral


Rapid River, 01/2008, by Marcianne Miller. www.rapidrivermagazine.com


Mountain Xpress, 06/13/2007, “To each his own muse,” by Connie Bostic. http://www.mountainx.com/ae/2007/061307taiyolapaix/


Mountain Xpress, 04/25/2007, “Salon of the progressive,” by Connie Bostic. http://www.mountainx.com/ae/2007/042507salon/



1971 Born in Philadelphia, USA, spent childhood in Kyoto, Japan.


1990 Grad. Phillips Academy, Andover, where I studied painting with Chris Cook, former curator of the Addison Gallery of American Art.


1994 BA in Art, Middlebury College, cum laude.


2001 Started painting professionally. I currently live and work in Asheville, NC.


artist’s statement

Life is so sad, so short, so fragile. Yet, love is so beautiful, friendship so precious. I live in fear of dying and of losing loved ones, and I hold on to the little time we have, and try to be as good as I can to people, especially to those dear to me. I don’t know what else to do.

As in life, my art is a tempest of sadness and joy. Thank you for seeing my art–I hope it offers something of sympathy or encouragement while we are here together.