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Ai Ohkawara Biography

Ai Ohkawara was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1979. She studied at Musashino Art University  in Tokyo. She received her Bachelors degree in Japanese Art in 2002 and her Masters degree in Japanese Art in 2004. 

She is married with two children and currently lives in Tokyo, Japan. 


Since her first solo exhibition in Ginza in 2003, she has been featured in numerous art magazines, TV shows, movies, and various other formats. Since 2003, she has been part of numerous solo and group exhibitions across Japan. 

Beginning in 2007, she expanded her artistic reach to multiple international avenues, including Taiwan, China, United States, Singapore, Malaysia, Middle East and Europe. 

 

She has international following, having sold her work across Europe, Asia, and North America. 

She has received numerous awards in recognition of her unique contributions to Japanese art. 

She currently teaches art and her art is regularly part of various exhibitions throughout Japan.

 In 2020, multi award winning novelist “Natsuo Kirino” used Ai Ohkawara work on her novel “日没 (Sunset)”.

 In 2018, Akutagawa award winning novelist “Maki Kashimada” used Ai Ohkawara work on her novel “少年聖女”.

 In 2020, Akutagawa award winning novelist “Noboru Tsujihara” used Ai Ohkawara work on his novel “卍どもえ (Manji domoe)”.

Collections

Her work has been exhibited in nearly 100 different shows over her career. 

Notably: 

Tokyo Art Fair 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021 (Tokyo Art Fair 2020 was cancelled due to COVID).

 

Tokyo Contemporary Fair 2007, 2008, 2009

Sato Museum (Tokyo) 2010, 2004

Matsuzakaya Nagoya Art Gallery 2018, 2019

Takashimaya Osaka Gallery NEXT 2011

Emerging Director’s Art Fair ULTRA 2013, 2014, 2015

Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery (New York) 2007, 2011, 2015  

Williamsburg Art and Historical Center (New York) 2017, 2019

The Hive Gallery and Studios (Los Angeles) 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015

ARTE GIAPPONE (Milan) 2014

*The above is an abbreviated list of a few of the exhibits in which her art has been exhibited*

Ai Ohkawara (b.1979, Tokyo, Japan)

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, 2008 Takashimaya Shinjuku Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2018 Matsuzakaya art plus Gallery, Nagoya, Japan

2018, 2007 NODA CONTEMPORARY, Nagoya, Japan

2012 Takashimaya Osaka Gallery NEXT, Osaka, Japan

2012 The Hive Gallery and studios, Los Angeles, U.S.A

2011 Hellion Gallery, Portland, U.S.A

2009 Matsuzakaya Gallery, Nagoya, Japan

2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 Gallery Juichigatsu, Tokyo, Japan

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021  The Sun Also Rises, Peep Show Space, New York (Curator : William Norton)

2019  Material witness, Williamsburg Art and Historical center, New York (Curator : William Norton)

2017  Making their mark, 100 Bogart Gallery, New York  (Curator : William Norton)

  Building bridges, Williamsburg Art and Historical center, New York  (Curator: William Norton)

2011 - 2015 Onward-Navigating the Japanese Future, The Hive gallery and studios, Los Angeles, U.S.A

2015 Summer group show, Monkdogz Urban Art & Artmisia present, New York, U.S.A

2015 Art Fusion 2015, Jadite Galleries, New York, U.S.A

2014 Creative Artists in Milano, ARTE GIAPPONE, Milano, Italy

2012 2nd International Mail Art Exhibition, Than More Mail Art Museum, Hungary

2011 Pulp & Pigment, Hellion Gallery, San Diego

2011 SEIZE- An international exhibition, Monkdogz Urban Art & Artmisia present, New York, U.S.A

2010 Fuyuhiko Yamamoto’s collection, Sato museum, Tokyo, Japan

2007 Jump, Henry Gregg Gallery, New York, U.S.A

2007 Flashing Flesh, Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery, New York, U.S.A

2005 No War, Maruki Museum, Saitama, Japan

2003 12th Sato International Cultural Foundation Scholarship Artists Exhibition, Sato Museum, Tokyo

2002 13th Asia-America-Latin American Art Show, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo, Japan

 

Selected Art Fairs

2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016,2017, 2018, 2019, 2021 Art Fair Tokyo, Tokyo International Forum, Japan

2013, 2014, 2015 Emerging Director’s Art Fair ULTRA 003-005, Tokyo, Japan

2010 Cut log  Art Fair 2010, Paris, France

2010 Asia Top Gallery Hotel Art Fair 2010, Korea

2009 Sh Contemporary: The Asia Pacific Contemporary Art Fair, Shanghai, China

2009 Art Expo Malaysia 2009, Malaysia

2008, 2009 China International Gallery Exposition 2009, Beijing, China

2007, 2008, 2009 Tokyo Contemporary Art Fair, Tokyo, Japan

2008 Art Singapore 2008, Indonesia

2008 Art Taipei 2008, Taiwan

2007 Asian Contemporary Art Fair 2007, New York, U.S.A

 

Awards and Honors

2006 Tokyo Wonder Wall Award

2003 Tama・de・Art  2003

2002 First Sato Taisei Art Award

2002 16th Aogaki 2001 Japanese painting Award

 

Grants and Scholarships

2002 - 2004 12th Sato International Cultural Foundation Scholarship

2001 Moritani Incorporated Foundation Art Scholarship

2001 Musashino College of Art, Graduate Reunion Scholarship

1998 - 2002 Musashino College of Art Scholarship

 

Selected Articles, Reviews and Books

2019 Art Magazine "Onbeat"

          Art Magazine "Art Collector" 

          Art Magazine "ExtraArt"

2013 Art Magazine “Window of the Art” June, Japan

2013 Art Magazine “Art Collector” June, November , Japan

2012 Book ” Tall trees of Tokyo “ , Published in U.S.A

2010 Art Magazine “Monthly Gallery ” – Pick up artists and exhibitions, November, Japan

2005 Economic Magazine " Volition ",Japan

 

Appeared in TV

BS Fuji TV "Bureiku-zenya"

Collections

Restaurant Arbace. Ginza, Tokyo

Private collections, Tokyo, Japan

Private collections, Russia

 
Appeared in CM
UAE 

Studies

2002 - 2004 MFA, Japanese Painting, Musashino College of Art, Tokyo, Japan

1998 - 2002 BFA, Japanese Painting, Musashino College of Art, Tokyo, Japan