Makoto Fujimura

Makoto Fujimura, an accomplished contemporary artist and recently appointed Director of Fuller’s Brehm Center, is highly regarded as an international cultural shaper and catalyst whose exhibitions, writings, lectures and symposiums have inspired artists and art supporters to move towards a generative creative culture. His work is represented by Artrue International and has been exhibited around the world, including New York, London, Tokyo, Taipei, and Hong Kong.

Fujimura was selected to be a National Scholarship recipient and graduated as the top student with a MFA from the Tokyo University of the Arts, the most prestigious art program in Japan. Upon graduation he was apprenticed by Master Nihonga painter Matazo Kayama (1927- 2004) and achieved a post MFA Doctorate level degree. From 2003 to 2009, he was a Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts of the USA, advising governmental policies on the arts and serving as an international arts advocate.

Fujimura is a recipient of four Doctor of Arts Honorary degrees from Belhaven University in 2011, Biola University in 2012, Cairn University in 2014 and Roanoke College in 2015. He is the recipient of the American Academy of Religion’s “Arts and Religion Award” in 2014. He is also the founder and visionary for the arts advocacy organization, International Arts Movement and Fujimura Institute.

Fujimura was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1960 and spent his formative years between the US, Japan, and Sweden due to his father’s work as a distinguished scientist in acoustics research. He and his wife, Judy, now reside near Princeton, New Jersey.



2015 -Present       Director of Fuller’s Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts

2015                       Board of Trustees at Bucknell

2003 – 2008         Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts of the USA

2001 – Present      Founder of Fujimura Institute

1992 – Present      Founder and Creative Director, International Arts Movement



1992           Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Doctoral Level program in Nihonga, National Cultural Affairs Scholar

1989           Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, M.F.A.

1983           Bucknell University, double major in Art and Animal Behavior, B.A., with a minor in Creative Writing, B.A.



2014           American Academy of Religion’s “Arts and Religion Award”



‧   Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo Museum of Modern Art, The Sato Museum, Japan

‧   Cincinnati Museum of Art, St. Louis Art Museum, USA



2018                    The Beauty of Silence – The Contemporary Art of Makoto Fujimura , Solo Exhibition, Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, Haifa, Israel (February 24th – May 27th, 2018)

2017                              New Works, Solo Exhibition, Artrue Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

2016           Silence and Beauty, Solo Exhibition, Waterfall Mansion and Gallery, New York, USA

2016           Golden Sea, Solo Exhibition, Ahmanson Gallery, California, USA

2015           Aroma, Solo Exhibition, Artrue Beaux Arts, Taiwan

2015           Fire and Water, Solo Exhibition, Galerie Huit, Hong Kong

2015           A Glimpse of Splendor, Solo Exhibition, Artrue Beaux Arts, Taiwan

2013           Golden Sea, Solo Exhibition, Dillon Gallery, New York, USA

2012 – 2013     FOUR QU4RTETS, Baylor, Duke, and Yale Universities and Gordon College, USA

2011           Nihonga: New Traditions, Dillon Gallery, New York, USA

2009           Olana – Songs of Ascent, Solo Exhibition, Whitestone Gallery, Philadelphia, USA

2008           Sanbi-shosha Collection Acquisition Exhibit, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan

2007           New Art, Curated by Keiji Hayashi, Yokohama Citizen’s Gallery, Japan

2006           Water Flames and Zero Summer, Katzen Arts Center, Washington D.C., USA

Making Peace, Solo Exhibition, The City of London Festival with Yoko Ono, London,UK

2005           Considering Peace, Sato Museum, Tokyo, Japan

2003 – 2004     The Still Point, Solo Exhibition, Takashimaya Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2003           Contemporary Nihonga Artists – the Pioneers, Okazaki Museum, Japan

Golden Pines, Solo Exhibition, Dillon Gallery, Oyster Bay, New York

1998           Contemporary Nihonga, Contemporary Museum of Tokyo, Japan