Junko Chodos - Curriculum Vitae

Junko Chodos
Art and Ideas

Junko's Writings
Selected Works
About Junko
Background and Interests:

1939 Born in Tokyo, Japan. Spent childhood during and after WWII.

1961-1962 First visit to the United States. Attended classes at Starr-King School for the Ministry, Berkeley, California (Unitarian).

1963-1968 Entered Waseda University in Tokyo. Majored in Eastern and Western Art History, and the Philosophy of Art.

Studied Eastern and Western Mysticism, and the philosophy of Martin Buber, with Prof. Shigeo Ueda, noted translator of Buber into Japanese.

B.A. in Art History and Philosophy. Graduation Thesis, "Spirituality in Line: Interrelationship of Art and Religiosity".

1968 Moved to the United States.

1969-1970 Studied on a scholarship at State University of New York -- Buffalo, Art major

1971 Married to Rafael Chodos, Lawyer, Author.

1988 Became naturalized U.S. citizen.

1995 With her husband, began supporting and participating regularly in conferences at Claremont Graduate University relating to the history of ideas.


2018 "Can We Hear Our Own Voice?" Solo exhibition at Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas)

2012 FATHOM -- The first Three Acts Restaged (North Park Theater, San Diego)

2010-2011 UCLA - Dortort Gallery, Solo Exhibit coordinated with "Art and Religion" Symposium -- Concerning Art and Religion series.

2006 FATHOM - collaboration with MalashockDance. Dance program based on the life of Kuukai, 9th Century Buddhist priest. Composer Ariel Blumenthal.

2005 Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, California, Junko Chodos: Translucent Meditations. One-person show given as part of Council of 100 Distinguished Woman Artist of the Year award.

2005 Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, St. Louis, Missouri, Junko Chodos: The Breath of Consciousness.

2003 Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California, Requiem for an Executed Bird, at the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, through Feb. 15, 2004.

2002 Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Junko Chodos: A Passionate Witness

2001 Long Beach Museum of Art, Metamorphoses: The Transformative Vision of Junko Chodos

1995 Pacific Asia Museum (Foyer Gallery), In the Forest of Amida Buddha, Pasadena, California

1992 L.A. Artcore Annex,
Art, Mysticism and Psychology, Curated by Rafael Chodos. Los Angeles, California.

Space Gallery, Junko Chodos Painting, Los Angeles, California

1988 Frank Bustamante Gallery,
Junko Chodos Recent Works on
, New York, New York.

L.A. Artcore, Los Angeles, California.

1984 Fujii Garo Art Salon,
The Universe Moves and Humans Dance: Junko Chodos One-Person Show, Tokyo, Japan

1983 Studio Gallery 6, Laguna Beach, California

1979 Gallery Nakatsumi,
Staring at Inner Light: Junko Chodos One-Person Show, Osaka, Japan

Tokyo Central Museum,
Staring at Inner Light; Junko Chodos One-Person Show, Tokyo, Japan

1973 Alibrandi Bottega of Art, First One-Person Show of the Artist Junko Chodos, Boston, Massachusetts


2006 Fresno Art Museum, Eighteen Profiles: Distinguished Women Artists of California, Fresno, California

1997 Long Beach Museum of Art, Roadmaps: Structure, Process and the Collection, Long Beach, California

1996 Asian American Arts Center, "Passion and Compassion: Five Artists' Reflections on Buddhism", New York, New York

1995 Long Beach Museum of Art, Crossing Currents (Permanent Collection Show), Long Beach, California

Santa Monica Museum of Art, Invitational Art Auction, Santa Monica, California, U.S.A.

SPACE Gallery, One Vision, Los Angeles, California.

1994 Long Beach Museum of Art, New Acquisitions Show, Long Beach, California

1993 Couturier Gallery, Present Art, Los Angeles, California

1992 Couturier Gallery, Present Art, Los Angeles, California.

Long Beach City College Gallery, The Sticking Place: Space and Image in Contemporary Collage, Curated by Peter Frank. Long Beach, California.

Olga Dollar Gallery, Collage/Assemblage, Curated by Edward Lau.
San Francisco, California.

Long Beach Museum of Art, New Acquisitions, Long Beach, California.

1991 Fleck-Ellman Gallery, Aspen, Colorado

1990 Space Gallery, Accretions, Collage and Assemblage, Los Angeles, California.
Gallery SHO, San Francisco, California.
Grand Canyon College, A.P. Tell Gallery,
Expressions of Faith IV
Phoenix, Arizona.

1989 Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery, California Collagists Lancaster,
Grand Canyon College, A.P. Tell Gallery,
Expressions of Faith III,
Juried by Bruce D. Kurtz. Phoenix, Arizona.

1988 New York University, Twelfth Annual Small Works Competition, New York.
Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina.
Grand Canyon College, A.P. Tell Gallery,
Expressions of Faith II,
Phoenix, Arizona.

1987 Art 54 Gallery, International Art Competition winner, New York.
Juried by Janet Salz.

1984 Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, California.
Juried by Henry Hopkins. All California winner.

1981 Galeria Artica, Cuxhaven, West Germany.


2014 Panel Discussion, "Art and Faith", at the Getty Museum, April 29, 2014. Moderator: Jack Miles.

2011 Art and Religion Symposium at UCLA Hillel House, "Image and Revelation"

2005 Radio Interview KWMU-FM (Local NPR Station in St. Louis), Live 45 minutes, with Revd. Terrence Dempsey, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art

2004 Lecture at Claremont Graduate University, "Visions and Dreams" conference, November 2004

Lecture Feb. 7th, 2004, Berkeley, at Symposium jointly sponsored by GTU and the Society for the Arts, Religion, and Contemporary Culture, on Art and Spirituality.

2003 "Spirituality and the Process of Creating Art", opening talk at Graduate Theological Union, Oct. 9, 2003

2002 Lecture, Claremont Graduate University, as part of the conference, THE EMPIRE OF TRANSLATION, "Following the Pillar of Fire: From Loss of Language to Visual Expression", Nov. 9, 2002

2001 Lecture, Getty Museum, as part of the conference on EXILE, "Following the Pillar of Fire: From Loss of Language to Artistic Expression", Dec. 8, 2001

1999 Lecture, Claremont Graduate University, Conference on Exile, "Spiritual Refugee", Nov. 13, 1999

1996 Lecture, Long Beach Museum of Art Docent Council Meeting, March 14, 1996, "Transcending Ethnicity: The Creative Process"

1994 Lecture and Slide Show, Institute For Antiquity and Christianity, Claremont Graduate School, Nov. 5, 1994, "Illustrated Remarks on the Process of Artistic Creation"

1992 Lecture and slide show, Association for Transpersonal Psychology, Annual Conference, Asilomar, California, August 28-30, 1992, "Transcending Suffering Through the Artistic Process"

1991 Interview, United Television Broadcasting Systems, Los Angeles, California.

1991 Interview, Radio Pacific Japan, Los Angeles, California.

Lecture, Associates of the Brand Library and Art Center, Glendale, California.

1990 Television broadcast, Sand Castle Productions, Los Angeles, California

Read her original poetry (tanka) at Los Angeles Poettry Festival, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California, in Japanese and English.

1980 Lecture, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Los Angeles, California, "On my Root Series" [in Japanese]


Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (St. Louis)
2015 - Long-Term Loan Root Series, No. 17 ("Garan") 1978

Central European University (Budapest)
2009 Mass Killing, No. 1 (2009) "This must
never happen again..."
2008 Individuation Journal, No. 7 (1995)

Fresno Art Museum
2005 Giant Burls, No. 5 (1989)

Long Beach Museum of Art
1991 Burls Series, No. 18 (1988)
1994 Interplanetary Icon, No. 9 (1990)
1998 Celestial Curtain, No. 1 (1988)

Pacific Asia Museum (Pasadena, California):
1995 Dead Flower Series, No. 8 (1974)


Cry of Ecstasy - A Film by Robert Primes. Malcolm Goldstein Responds to the Art of Junko Chodos (DVD released 2005)

Junko Chodos - The Sketchbooks (2001), CD-ROM published by Giotto Multimedia [giottomultimedia.com].

Requiem for an Executed Bird (1999) - Interactive CD-ROM produced by Giotto Multimedia and designed by Aswan Karapetian.

Junko Chodos: A Spiritual Artist for the New Renaissance Age (1992), videotape produced and directed by William Barnett, c. 20 minutes.

Junko Chodos: Art, Mysticism and Psychology (1992) videotape produced and directed by Rafael Chodos, c. 18 minutes.

Selected Reviews

2002 Cara Hopkins, "Painting with Sound", Colorado Daily, August 20, 2002.
2002 Cara Hopkins, "Junko Chodos: Spiritual Refugee", Colorado Daily, June 25, 2002
1995 William Wilson, "Junko Chodos Finds a Way 'In the Forest'", Los Angeles Times, April 14, 1995.
Peter Frank, in "Art Pics of the Week", L.A. Weekly, May 12-18, 1995
1993 Mac McCloud, "Stuff and Presence", Visions , Los Angeles, California, Summer 1993.
1992 James Scarborough, "Junko Chodos," Visions, Los Angeles, California, December 1992., pp. 52-53.
Peter Frank, "Art Pick of The Week," LA Weekly, Los Angeles, California, October 23-October 29 1992.
James D. Williams, et al., The Interdisciplinary Reader, pp. 621, 624; Harper Collins Publications (1992)
Nancy Kapitanoff, "Art Calendar," Los Angeles Times, January 5, 1992
1991 Noriko Gamblin, "Junko Chodos," Visions, Los Angeles, California, Summer 1991.
Bill Lasarow, "Junko Chodos," ArtScene, Los Angeles, California, February 1991.
1990 Mac McCloud, "Junko Chodos and Roy Herweck at LA Artcore," Visions, Los Angeles, California, Winter 1990.
Suvan Geer, "Art Reviews," Los Angeles Times, Calendar section, July 13, 1990.
Suzanne Lummis, "Into the Mystic: Junko Chodos' Interplanetary Icons," Los Angeles Downtown News, July 9, 1990.
Suzanne Lummis, "Can We Trace the Common Threads Now Woven Into Women's Art?" Los Angeles Downtown News, April 9, 1990.
1988 David Pagel, "Lifting the Curtain: Junko Chodos," Visions, Los Angeles, California, Fall 1988.
Cynthia H. Craft, "Century Gallery Showcases Art, the Environment," Los Angeles Times, June 17, 1998.
Bijutsu Techo, Japanese monthly art magazine, June 1988., “News from Abroad”
“Staring at the Light Beyond the Darkness”, Asahi Shimbun satellite edition, New York and Los Angeles, April 8, 1988
1984 Amaury Saint-Gilles, "Art: People and Places," Mainichi Daily News, Tokyo, Japan, September 20, 1984.
"Junko Chodos One Person Show," Mainichi Shimbun, Tokyo, Japan, September 20, 1984.
“The Globe of the Earth is the Canvas”, in People, Asahi Shimbun, September 6, 1984,
1980 “Junko Chodos Collage”, Geijutsu Shincho, Japanese monthy art magazine, June 1980
1979 "Junko Chodos' Show," Mainichi Shimbun, Osaka, Japan,
December 5, 1979.
"Rich, Dense Beauty," Kobe Shimbun, Osaka, Japan,
December 4, 1979.
Amaury Saint-Gilles, "Art: People and Places," Mainichi Daily News, Tokyo, Japan, November 17, 1979.
"Exhibition: Junko Chodos' One-Person Show," Mainichi Shimbun, Tokyo, Japan, November 1979.
"Finding Self in Encounter with Root: Japanese Woman Who Lives in America has One-Person Show," Asahi Shimbun, Tokyo, Japan, November 15, 1979.
"Staring at Inner Light: Finding the Universe in a root," Sekkai Nippo, Tokyo, Japan, November 17, 1979.
1973 “It's The Way of the Devil”, Bob Garrett, Sunday Herald-Advertiser, Boston, Massachusetts, January 21, 1973