I graduated from Musashino Art University in 2004. I split my time between New York and Tokyo for many years. I have had multiple viewings and showings in Japan as well as abroad.
In 2011, I was hosted by Hellion Gallery in the U.S
. for a solo show. I have also been part of numerous art shows across the globe, from Beijing to Shanghai, Malaysia, Singapore, and in the US and Europe.
I have a client list that reaches around the world, with clients in Russia, Asia, Europe and America.
I have also had a regular presence at art shows in the United States, including Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery, Hive Gallery, and Williamsburg Art and Historical Center.
My art has been used by many famous authors for their book covers. I have also contributed to movies and television shows, like Midnight Swan.
In 2019, I appeared in television and Youtube shows recognizing my art, such as BS Fuji Television.
I have been blessed enough to sell out of all of my main works for many shows and exhibitions, and come close to complete sales in other shows. This achievement has been highlighted by art magazines and articles frequently over the years.
I am a married mother of two, living and working in Tokyo. I love my life, and the duality of being a professional woman and a mother gives me a unique perspective on many things. My personal experiences have heavily influenced my artistic process and is reflected in what I create.
Her work has been exhibited in nearly 100 different shows over her career.
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, 2009 Matsuzakaya 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
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)
2018 "Making their mark", 100 Bogart Gallery, New York
"Making Bridge" Williamsburg Art and Historical center, New York
2016 HiveGallery's 11th Year Anniversary, Hive Gallery, LA
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
2021 Magazine “Books” May, Japan
2020 Art Magazine “Art collectors” February, Japan
2019 Art Magazine “ONBEAT” vol.11, Japan
Art Magazine “ExtrArt” File.21, Japan
Art Magazine “Art collectors” February, Japan
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
Headphone "Beats" CM
Restaurant Arbace. Ginza, Tokyo
Private collections, Tokyo, Japan
Private collections, Russia
2002 - 2004 MFA, Japanese Painting, Musashino College of Art, Tokyo, Japan
1998 - 2002 BFA, Japanese Painting, Musashino College of Art, Tokyo, Japan
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.