Toshiko Kitano Groner’s public emergence as an artist arose by accident. “I was trying to arrange New York exhibitions for my brother, an abstract expressionist painter, who is an established artist in the area where he lives in Japan”.  When Toshiko came to New York City by herself from Japan, she promised herself that she would help her brother find places to exhibit his work in New York City.



 So one day, she asked a curator and long time artist and teacher in her local community, to take a look at her brother’s work in hopes that his work could be shown in a window display on Main Street.




 

During this time, Toshiko had been painting herself from time to time, strictly for enjoyment, with no thought of exhibiting her own work. As the curator was looking at Toshiko’s brother’s work, she noticed a painting by Toshiko and asked “Whose work is this?” Toshiko said ‘Oh, It’s mine.” The curator was so impressed with her work, that she encouraged Toshiko to participate in an upcoming art show, which she did and which ultimately became the impetus for Toshiko’s emergence as an exhibiting artist.

 

Toshiko’s brother had graduated from a Fine Arts University in his home prefecture and was aspiring to become a recognized artist and abstract painter. But this type of pursuit for herself, whether in art or music seemed hardly possible. However, when Toshiko came to New York City, new vistas opened to her. She began doing what she liked to do --- doing it seriously.  She threw herself passionately into writing songs and performing them at clubs and successfully joined New York City’s music scene. Several years after becoming a singer/songwriter, she was awarded a membership in ASCAP.  She met many known and unknown musicians and learned that it was possible to do what she loved and to be recognized for it.

Since 2001, Toshiko has been painting and exhibiting her work in New York City and other venues.

Exhibitions




Solo Exhibitions

2015 “Gardenscape”, The Octagon Gallery, Roosevelt Is., NY

2013 “Flowers and Fruits”, Onishi Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY

2012 “Flowers, Fruits and Still lifes”, The Octagon Gallery, Roosevelt Is., NY

2011 “Around the Bend”, Onishi Gallery, Chelsea, NewYork, NY

Two Person Exhibitions

2010 “Poetic Expressions”, Gallery RIVAA , Roosevelt Is., NY

2009 “East & West”, The Octagon Gallery, Roosevelt Is., NY

Art Fair

2013 “Affordable Art Fair”, Metropolitan Pavillion, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018

“Grant Winners’ Exhibition”, Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, New York, NY

“Summer Group Show III 2018”, Onishi Project, Chelsea, New York, NY

2017

Group Exhibition, curated by the Art Students League, The Conference Board, NY

“A Landmark Exhibition”, Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, New York, NY

“Time Off”, Gallery RIVAA, Roosevelt Is., NY

“Summer Dayze”, The Octagon Gallery, Roosevelt Is., NY

“Winter Group Show 2017”, Onishi Project, Chelsea, New York, NY

2016

“Shades of Blue”, Gallery RIVAA, Roosevelt Is., NY

“Fall for the Arts”, The Octagon Gallery, NY

“Vernissage XV”, Anniversary Exhibition, Gallery RIVAA, Roosevelt Is., NY




 2015

“Alone Together”, First Street Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY

“Merit Scholarship Winner’s Exhibition”. Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, New York, NY

2014

“Holiday Show 2014”, Onishi Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY

“Snow”, Gallery RIVAA, Roosevelt Is., NY

2013

“Holiday Show 2013”, Onishi Gallery, Chelsea, New york, NY 

“Vernissage”, Anniversary Exhibition, Gallery RIVAA, Roosevelt Is., NY

2012

“Summer Touches”, Gallery RIVAA, Roosevelt Is., NY

2011

“Plain Air”, Ashawagh Hall, The Springs, East Hampton, NY

2007

“Fall for the Arts”, Gallery RIVAA and The Octagon Gallery, Roosevelt Is., NY

2006

“From Tuscany to Paris”, Four Persons Show, Gallery RIVAA, Roosevelt Is., NY

2002

“A Medley of the Arts”, The Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, NY

2001

“Art Frenzy”, Queens and Roosevelt Is., NY

 

Awards

2016 Donn Russell Grant 2016 - The Art Students League of New York

2014 Merit Scholarship Award 2014 - The Art Students League of New York

2013 Honorable Mention - The Art Students League of New York

2011 Honorable Mention - The Art Students League of New York

Education

Certificate of Completion in Fine Arts Painting - The Art Students league of New York

Studio classes - School of Visual Arts, New York University

English Literature - Aichi University, Japan

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