Art Lab Squid Artist Painter Miyauchi Yuka Exhibition: Squid World

Art Lab Squid Artist Painter Miyauchi Yuka Exhibition: Squid World

Miyauchi Yuka is a “squid artist painter” who has been creating squid art, fueled by her bottomless passion for exploring them, ever since she became fascinated with the beauty and tastiness of squids.

Using pigments extracted from these creatures, Miyauchi has been creating artworks that resonate with the life and death of squids. She completed her largest work to date in 2021 in an open studio project in Yusui Town, Kagoshima Prefecture. In this work, she expressed the joy of living by applying deep colors to the canvas while pondering our society and daily lives.

This exhibition focuses on the beauty and fragility of the fascinating living being, that is, the squid. Through Miyauchi’s works reflecting the changes in society and her inner life, the show creates an opportunity to reconsider the state of our civilization and way of living in the modern world.

【Sponsor】Kirishima Open-Air Museum

【Support】Kagoshima Broadcasting Corporation

【Cooperation】IKASHO/IKADORAKU/WAHEI Inc./SUMIYA/NISSHO GAKUEN Kagoshima Josei High School


■Workshop “Make & Fly Squid Kites”

Make your own original squid kite painted with various squid inks of different colors.

First Session: Sunday, March 26, 13:30 –

Second Session: Sunday, April 16, 13:30 –

Participation Fee: 200 yen per person / Capacity: approximately 15 persons per session

*Admission fee is also required to enter the museum.

■Bicolor Squid Curry, an original dish created with local high school students (Its original name, Bicaraa Karee, is a wordplay in Japanese, where “ico” in the word bicolor has the same sound as “ika,” meaning squid.)

Bicolor Squid Curry illustration

Limited servings of 100 per day / starting Wednesday, February 22

Squid Artist Painter Miyauchi Yuka collaborated with sophomore students at Kagoshima Josei Highschool Culinary Department to create the original curry. It will be served at the cafe & shop in the museum’s main building.

* Squid Curry Official Instagram account

■Gallery talks by the museum’s curator

Thursday, February 23 (National Holiday); Saturday, March 4; Tuesday, March 21; Starting at 14:00

■Spring vacation limited project Let’s draw a squid coloring book

■Original squid motif items and books are for sale at the cafe & shop in the museum’s main building


The exhibition will show approximately 40 works, including paintings, illustrations, and installations.

“Squid Squid Heaven (IkaIka Tengoku)” 2021, (Ikiiki Center Kurinosato)

“Squid World (Ika Sekai)” 2022

“Anatomy of a Bigfin Reefsquid” 2022

“Eyeball of a Fresh Bigfin Reefsquid” 2022


* Click here for the exhibition leaflet

* Official Instagram account of “Squid World”

* Exhibition Catalog


Kirishima Open-Air Museum Art Hall
Holding period
2023/02/22 〜 2023/04/16
2023/02/22 - 2023/04/16
Closed on Mondays.
Viewing time
9:00-17:00(Last Entry: 16:30)
Admission fee
General Public : ¥320 (¥250) / High School・University Students : ¥210 (¥160) / Elementary・Middle School Students : ¥150 (¥120)*Figures in parentheses are admission fees for groups of 20 or more.*Admission free for residents of Kagoshima Prefecture over 70.*Students of elementary, junior high and senior high schools within Kagoshima Prefecture admitted free of charge on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. (proof of age, school enrollment required)



Yuka Miyauchi
1985 Born in Osaki Town, Kagoshima Prefecture. Graduated from Tara School of Design. Lives in Kagoshima.
Presented works in various solo and group exhibitions, including, “Kyushu Art All-Member Assembly Exhibition” (Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto 2012 Kumamoto), “IKA-GANA mono Visual Dictionary Exhibition” (iriya plus café @ custom warehouse 2014 Tokyo), “Osumi Art Live Exhibition” (2017 Kagoshima), “STREET MUSEUM TOKYO MIDTOWN” (2020 Tokyo), “FROM THE EDGE: Artists born in Kagoshima in the 1980s” (Kagoshima City Museum of Art 2021 Kagoshima). Winner of “14th Namaiki VOICE ARTMARKET Grand Prix” organized by KTS Kagoshima Television Station (2010), selected for the “22nd Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art” (2019), runner-up in the “TOKYO MIDTOWN AWARD 2019 Art Competition” (2019), winner of “ART IN THE OFFICE 2020” (2020), organized by Monex Group, Inc., Winner of the Special Prize at the “10th On the Origin of Art” (2022).
Contributes a monthly column for mono MAGAZINE (2013-2022, 2023-ongoing). These columns were published as an e-book, “IKA-GANA mono Visual Dictionary” (2017). Branching out to various fields, including TV appearances.