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World Art Tokyo is an international exhibition made up of work by young artists who have been recommended by their respective countries’ ambassadors to Japan. The curation is handled by graduate students of Tokyo University of Art who are majoring in art studies and curatorial practices. The theme of the exhibition is “PANGAEA TECTONICS – Diastrophism of Emerging Art ⇄ Diverging New Tales”

In approximately two hundred million years ago, all the continents were connected. The name of this single supercontinent is Pangaea. Movement of the continents due to plate tectonics caused the supercontinent to split apart and this movement of the continents continues today. Some say a supercontinent may form again someday. Art from a huge area encompassing the African and the Eurasian continents comes together in a single exhibition which brings into relief the differences and similarities across the countries of the world.

Participating Embassies Embassy of the People's Republic of China Cultural Section、Embassy of the Republic of Colombia in Japan、Embassy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Japan、Ambassade de France / Institut français du Japon-Villa Kujoyama、Embassy of Hungary、Embassy of Israel in Japan、Embassy of Italy in Tokyo、Embassy of the Republic of Namibia in Japan、Embassy of Switzerland in Japan.

※Alphabetical Order

Wat china

Series of Lost in Luo 3
Ink and pigment on silk

Portrait china

Teng Teng(China)

Born in Anhui province in 1994. Teng works in Traditional Chinese painting. She finished her undergraduate courses under Prof. He Jiaying and prof. Zhao lihui, in Department of Traditional Chinese painting, Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts. Currently she is studying a master degree at the Department of Painting, Academy of Arts & Design, Tshinghua University taught by Prof. Liu Lin. She has been exploring the new schema and unique role of contemporary Chinese figure painting, which is visible in her new work series of ‘New Folktales’ and series of ‘Lost in Luo’ (Luo is a goddess in traditional Chinese literature). Furthermore she has blended and juxtaposed traditional culture with contemporary elements, with the goal of changing people’s views on traditional art. She has won the International Takifuji Art Award’s prize of Excellence, joined The China National Exhibition of College Student Fine Arts and exhibited her works in NAMOC in 2017.

Wat colombia

Hang me out to dry

Portrait colombia

Federico Uribe(Colombia)

Born in Bogota, Colombia in 1962, lives and works in Miami. His artworks resist classification. Rooted in the craft of sculpture and paint, they rise from intertwining everyday objects in all possible and surprising ways, but still with a formal reference to the history and tradition of classical art. He creates sculptures which are not sculpted but constructed and weaved, in curious and unpredictable, repetitive and almost compulsive ways. Uribe studied art at the University of Los Andes in Bogota and he spent years of studies and work in New York, Cuba, Mexico, Russia, England and finally Miami. His works have been presented worldwide including Chelsea Art Museum, New York and Art Mueseum of the Americas, Waschington D.C.

Wat congo

Absence and Presence XXIII
Oil on canvas

Portrait drcongo

Henri Kalama Akulez(DR Congo)

Born in Sampwe in 1973. Akulez obtained his Bachelor of oil painting in 1999 from Academie des Beaux-Arts de Kinshasa. In 2007, he got a master degree at China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. He also obtained a Ph.D. in fine arts there. He assumed as head of the oil painting department of the Academie des Beaux Arts de Kinshasa in 2015. The following year, he became the Chancellor of that academy. He has held solo exhibitions in cities around the world such as Shanghai(2001) and Linz in Austria(2006 and 2008). He also took part in many international group exhibitions held in Brussels, New York etc. In 2007, he was recognized as one five best graduating artists of the province of Zhejiang. In 2012, he was awarded for best artist, at “The 5th biennial exhibition of the International College” of China Academy of Art.

Wat france

Agrégat #2
Approximately 30×30cm

Portrait france

Olivier Sévère(France)

Born in Paris in 1978, lives and works in Paris. Graduated in 2002 at the ENSBA in Paris. Marble, glass or stones form the sense of his art works. Questions around the tangible material remain at the forefront of his interrogations. The savoir-faire linked to it, its origin, even its genesis are the domains he explores. In doing this, he brings a specific point of view regard-ing the materials that surround us while questioning notions of natural vs artificial, as well as the constant metamorphosis of matter and form. He initially started personal exhibitions, group exhibitions and residencies in France, while now also developing these abroad; in 2015 residency at the MMCA in Seoul, then in 2016 at Villa Kujoyama, Kyoto; a personal exhibition was presented during the summer 2017 at the Museum of Hunting and Nature.

Wat hungary

Structures Revolution #1

Portrait hungary

Agnes Husz(Hungary)

Born in Mohachi city, Hungary in 1961. Graduated in 1990 at the Hungarian National Arts and Crafts University, Budapest. She established a kiln at Nagano, Japan in 1993. She participates symposiums, residences worldwide. From 2013 she is elected member of the IAC International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva. She awarded prizes in juried exhibitions in Japan and foreign countries. In 2015 she won the Ferenczy Noemi Prize from the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Hungary. Her solo exhibitions were presented in many private galleries and museums as like Shigaraki Ceramic Park Museum Gallery / The Universe in Helix Forms 2012 /, Kitazawa Museum / Enchanting Spiral Art 2008 /, INAX Tile Museum / New Sensation in Ceramic Art 2004 /, and more. Her works are in public collections in Japan and abroad.

Wat israel

You Are a Saint
Fluorescent lights and metal construction

Portrait israel

Yochai Matos(Israel)

Born in 1977, lives and works in Tel Aviv. Graduated in 2004 at the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design, Jerusalem. His work deals with the public space as a property, taking place in both fields;on the streets and inside the established Art world - searching the cross points between the two disciplines. Matos uses in his works basic and simple images derived from the Modern Culture; images which already contain layers of replication and recycling - an evolution which leads both to the depletion and the over-readability of these images. By dealing with pop and kitsch icons (such as sunsets; flames of fire; a heart; a couple of dolphins jumping over the water; or even the nostalgic logo of the television series Fame) Matos wishes to touch once again the romantic, authentic and lost emotions, suggesting a simple and comforting way of confronting the contemporary disease of emotional disability. Matos has exhibited solo shows and has attended in group shows in Europe, US and in Israel.

Wat italy

Branches of: Pine tree, Prunus mume, Cherry tree, Magnolia, Red maple
Site specific

Portrait italy

Gianluca Malgeri(Italy)

Born in Reggio Calabria, Italy in 1974, living and working in Berlin and Tokyo. Graduated in 2000 at the Italian National Academy of Fine Arts, Florence. He had the first solo exhibition curated by Claudio Marra at Gallery Graffio in Bologna in 1997. In 1998, the first installation “Benedetton” was held in a public space in Florence. He started exhibiting works in the gallery Magazzino from 2007 in Rome. He also had exhibitions at the same gallery, “Insha Allah”(2011), “Homo Ludens”(2015), and participated in other group exhibitions in 2009 and 2012. In 2011 and 2015, he presented his works in the group exhibition “Spheres 4” at the gallery Continua in Mulan, France. In 2015, he also participated in the group exhibition “Edge of Chaos” (Italy, Venice “Casa Donati” ) related to the Venice Biennale.

Wat namibia


Portrait namibia

Saara Ndinelago Nekomba(Namibia)

Born in Ondangwa, Northern Namibia in 1986. Nekomba obtained her Bachelor of Visual Arts and Craft in 2011 at the College of Arts, Windhoek. Her works represent Namibia’s dynamic nature and colorful costumes by mixing beads, fabrics and producing collages. She also expresses the dynamism of the dancers in the traditional ritual of the Udonga people. Nekomba does not only work as a professional artist but also holds workshops in the Namibian countryside to spread the arts. She has been awarded ‘best textile student’ in 2008 and 2009, and ‘best life drawing’ and basic drawing student in 2010 from the John Muafangejo Art Centre. In 2014, she held a solo exhibition at Franco Namibian Cultural Centre, titled “Abstract Intervention”. She has participated in group exhibitions not only in Namibia but also in the UK, Nigeria, South Africa etc.

Wat switzerland

Mixed Feelings Melody Print
Lambda metallic print

Portrait switzerland

Manon Wertenbroek(Switzerland)

Born in Lausanne in 1991. The Swiss/Dutch artist Manon Wertenbroek obtained a Bachelor of the Arts in Photography in 2014 from ECAL(Lausanne University of Art and Design). Since graduating, Wertenbroek has been showing her work in gallery spaces from the Netherlands to Belgium, Italy to France, with appearances at Art Basel, Amsterdam’s Foam Museum and Rome’s Swiss Institute. Her work focuses on portraiture as a symbol and vehicle to explore questions of identity, social interaction, and emotion. She often builds installations using engraved mirrors, reflective materials which are then combined with neon-colored lighting and finally fixed using photography. Her work has been featured in publications around the world including the Guardian, Mousse and British Journal of Photography, Foam Magazine and more. In 2017, she was awarded a Swiss Art Award from the country’s federal of office of culture.

Curator: Seiha Kurosawa (Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School of Global Arts, MA in Department of Arts Studies and Curatorial Practices)

Japanese Cultural Promotion Activities 2017: Pilot Project for Creating International Cultural Hubs

Organizer: Agency for Cultural Affairs / Art Tokyo Association

Supervisor: Toyomi Hoshina (Trustee, Vice President, Tokyo University of the Arts)

Future Artists Tokyo : Switch Room

A student team representing Japan’s art universities has come together to produce the Future Artists Tokyo exhibition.

Created as an opportunity for youth to develop their talents, the group exhibition is made up of work by students from six art universities: Tokyo University of the Arts, Tsukuba University, Joshibi University of Art and Design, Tama Art University, Tokyo Zokei University, and Musashino Art University. The curation team is built from six students and researchers whose studies focus on art curation, one from each of the universities. This exhibition may be the chance to encounter great artists and curators who will rise to the forefront of Japan’s art scene in the near future.

Curation Team

Utsumi Junya

Born in 1990, Tokyo.
2nd year of Master course in Graduate School of Global Arts, Department of Arts Studies and Curatorial Practices in the Tokyo University of the Arts.

Takahashi Wakana

Born in 1993, Hiroshima.
2nd year in Master's Program in Art and Design Graduate School Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba.(Art Environment Support)

Morimoto Mariko

Born in 1995, Chiba.
Currently studying Joshibi University of Art and Design College of Art and Design, Department of Cross-Disciplinary Art and Design Field of Art Produce and Museum Studies.

Naito Masane

Born in 1996, Hokkaido.
Tama Art University, Faculty of Art and Design, Department of Art Science, 3rd Year.

Kim Maki + Morino Daichi

Born in 1995, Mie/Born in 1995, Hyogo.
Musashino Art University, Department of Painting, Painting Course in 4 years.

Tokyo University of the Arts

Siode Asami

Born in 1985, Ehime. Doctoral Candidate in Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. Siode creates paintings as "Expressions in which existence flickers, and expression of the expansion of space caused by that flickering". Expanding and shrinking canvases, born by her knitting rather than weaving yarns, deviate from the foundations of flatness and frame, releasing the energy that resides in the finite and the individual into the air. A nude woman drawn on an amorphous screen of BOX figure 5 exists as an eerie mass that distorts the concept of inner and outer, without being confined by the contour that turns it into an image.

Fat shiode

BOX figure 5
Siode Asami
oil on chalk and hemp threads

Muramatsu Daiki

Born in 1993, Aichi. MA course of the mural painting 2 in Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. Muramatsu produces his works on the theme of the expansion and contraction of the spatial scale. In recent years, he has focused on frames, which connect, while at the same time divide other things. In Here is above sea level, the wooden frame, which is usually an invisible basis of a painting, constitutes the work in three-dimensions and intervenes between the viewer and the drawn "Here is above sea level m". Through this intervention, the various factors which form the basis for appreciating a work are brought to the surface: the viewer’s position and gaze, the work’s height, the exhibition space, and even the variability of the global environment.

Fat muramatsu

Here is above sea level
Muramatsu Daiki
acrylic on board, woods

University of Tsukuba

Sakamoto Yuki

Born in 1993, Kumamoto. 2nd year in Master's Program in Art and Design Graduate School Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba(Western-style painting). Sakamoto continues to explore the existence of "strange things" in her paintings. In the series of works depicting raw meat, despite the motif is grotesque, they cast pleasant colors and light in a succulent and tender texture. The artwork’s title, Euphemism, means a word or phrase in an indirect way. It transforms discomfort into beauty, and with this the viewer, in a roundabout way, is perhaps made to see a bizarre scene.

Fat sakamoto

Sakamoto Yuki
oil on canvas
each 91×116cm

Shiina Shogo

Born in 1994, Ibaraki. 1st year in Master's Program in Art and Design Graduate School Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba(Sho-Calligraphy). One’s fundamental knowledge of the classics must be thorough in order to create works, says Shiina. He also puts emphasis on the variety of expression in calligraphy. The four seasons includes verses of four different persons for each Spring, Summer, Autumn and Summer. Further, the work shows the distinguishing forms of writing, and the unique patterns behind letters that he creates with inspiration evoked by each verse. His works, which seriously address both written and artistic expressions, will certainly prove that calligraphy is an art form.

Fat shiina

The four seasons
Shiina Shogo
Chinese ink, paper

Joshibi University of Art and Design

Okuhara Tina

Born in 1994, Chiba. 2nd year in Master's Program in Joshibi University of Art and Design College of Art and Design, Department of Cross-Disciplinary Art and Field of Media Art and Design. The "Mou-mu" in Calling from “Mou-mu” is her coined word. "Mou" comes from the mou in ‘blindness, haziness and delusion’ in Japanese. "Mu" from the mu in ‘dreams, fogs, and nothingness’. Despite turning away from reality, and secluding into the sphere of Mou-mu, one still seeks relationship to others. Okuhara expresses both the fluctuation of the mind and "Mou-mu", which seems as if it may crumble at any moment.

Fat okuhara

Calling from "Mou-mu"
Okuhara Tina
acrylic paint, transfer print, wood panel
each 29.7×42cm

Shizawa Kotoka

Born in 1996, Tokyo. Joshibi University of Art and Design College of Art and Design, Department of Design and Crafts Concentration in Textiles, Ceramics and Glass. Shizawa created With the wishes surrounding us, inspired by the words said by Mother Theresa: “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” Moved by this remark, she thinks it is required today that people understand happiness of others and help each other. She infuses the work with her wish that their kindness and sympathy will lead to good, and the wish is visualized by the dress that can surround our body.

Fat shizawa

With the wishes surrounding us
Shizawa Kotoka
raw wool, woollen yarn, gauze, others

Tama Art University

Kato Mai

Born in 1994, Osaka. Tama Art University, Graduate School of Art and Design, Master's Degree Program, Painting Major, Printmaking Course, 1st Year. The "-21 g" series represents the -21 grams in weight which is said to decrease at the moment a person dies. It was inspired from one rainy day when Kato felt as though something which had fallen on the roadside, looked like a body whose soul parted. By overlapping again and again on the printing plate, the moment in Kato’s memory when 21 grams is lost from that insignificant body, the motif’s original depth and weight are retained on the screen, as she attempts to record a figure which looks as if it might be lost tomorrow.

Fat kato

“-21g” petals
Kato Mai
Izumi paper

Miyabayashi Hinako

Born in 1997, Hokkaido. Tama Art University, Faculty of Art and Design, Department of Painting, Oil Painting Course, 1st Year. Daily diary is a picture diary of a two-week period. Upon entering college, Miyabayashi left the place where she was born and raised, and with all her senses she took in the scenery, air, humidity, and smell that she first encountered in her new setting. They gave a fresh and strong impression, while at the same time evoking a familiar feeling of long ago in her memory. She each day visualized on a canvas the sights, emotions, and senses that passed through her in her ordinary life.

Fat miyabayashi

Daily diary
Miyabayashi Hinako
oil, acrylic and charcoal on canvas

Tokyo Zokei University

Abe Tomoko

Born in Miyazaki. Doctoral Candidate in Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo Zokei University. Abe, who was injured in her left eye when she was young and has become nearly blind, has cultivated a sense which complements her vision, and makes paintings as a "liminal zone" between the unknowable world and the actual world. The story drawn in Or connect / or cut off, triage INS–4 is connected by a translucent and contorting thin stretch of cloth, thereby producing various images. The work creates the "liminal zone" composed of cloth that is fleeting, yet exhibits a spatial presence, which evokes the fading memories of war and the inheritance of its lesson at present.

Fat abe

Or connect / or cut off, triage INS–4
Abe Tomoko
acrylic, oil paint, pen for cloth, cotton, wooden panel
variable size

Sugahara Gensho

Born in 1993, Tokyo. MFA, Tokyo Zokei University. Sugahara creates a sculpture based on the theme of texture and tactility. In A Man, the fiber-reinforced plastic boy that clothes clothing and poses in street fashion shares the same materials, textures and hollowness of the coated Coca-Cola plastic bottle, whose characteristics is not based on what’s inside but rather on what is displayed on its exterior’s logo. The space that homogeneous and flat surfaces of the two sculptures generate, represents the nature of the contemporary world in which culture dissolves superficially.

Fat sugahara

Sugahara Gensho
fiber-reinforced plastics, plastic bottle
Body:56×172×44cm Bottle:7×12×7cm

Musashino Art University

Kondo Taro

Born in 1995, Kanagawa. Musashino Art University, Department of Painting, Painting Course in 4 years. airport jungle begins with his pasting on the screen a photograph that Kondo himself took in the past. Based on memory, he paints the scenery outside the photo and his own head, showing that he was undeniably standing there. Kondo captures ambiguous image called memory into reality once again, by painting and accompanying with the work a measure, a material that scales some object.

Fat kondo

airport jungle
Kondo Taro
oil on canvas, photo, measure

Ikegami Ryoko

Born in 1992, Mie. MFA, Musashino Art University, Graduate School of Art and Design. Ikegami attempts to preserve on a flat plane clothes, items which will someday disappear. The characteristic of this series of works like Short Sleeves (Kosode) #o-2, is that, when choosing each clothing, she sees it only as a material, without placing any importance on attachment and story. Clothes which were worn once by someone, lose their original function and context by transformed into a single flat plane. Those clothes stay just as materials without fixed meaning, evoking a frightfulness as if people who used to wear were affixed there.

Fat ikegami

Short Sleeves (Kosode) #o-2
Ikegami Ryoko
sewn fabrics

Supervisor: Toyomi Hoshina (Trustee, Vice President, Tokyo University of the Arts)

Art Car MIRAI Artist Selected from Open Call

The Art Car Project for ART FAIR TOKYO 2018 placed an open call for works with the intent of aiming to achieve a “future society that is open to a diverse range of artists that exceed typical parameters”. From the works submitted from the open call as well as works by over 630 artists registered with Paralym Art, the Shogaisha Shishin Kikou Association, five works were nominated, and in December 2017 the final selection was Haruka Asano’s piece, “Picture of winkles”. Asano’s work will adorn a Toyota MIRAI, a hydrogen fuel cell car, an automobile that runs on electricity made from hydrogen. The car will be displayed in the Lobby Gallery of the Tokyo International Forum, an area that is free to enter, so that as many people as possible will have a chance to see the car. ART FAIR TOKYO will continue to cross genres and exceed parameters in support of the growth of artists from a wide range of backgrounds, including makers of outsider art who have not had formal art education, and people with a range of backgrounds who create art brut, in order to contribute to the promotion of arts and culture in Japan and support the development of the art scene.

“The work chosen this time was made not from canvas but from rice bags cut with scissors and by hand, and painted along the wrinkled lines left in the fabric. At first glance, this looks like an abstract painting. It is characterized by colorful, intense rhythm and color distribution, and the there is a sense of unique and overwhelming creativity. This piece will be remarkable no matter how it is cropped, so I’m sure it will attract attention as a unique object when it is reconstructed in three dimensions on the art car. (From the jury comments)


Haruka Asano

Picture of winkles


rice bags




Asian Art Award 2018 supported by Warehouse TERRADA

For the second edition of Asian Art Award 2018 supported by Warehouse TERRADA, the shortlist of finalists: AKI INOMATA, Takehito Koganezawa, Motohiro Tomii and Masahiro Wada was decided by a panel of five curators.

These finalists will create new work or the equivalent, which will then be exhibited at TERRADA ART COMPLEX 4F from 3rd to 18th March 2018. During the exhibition, a jury of six international art world figures (Yuji Akimoto, Yuko Hasegawa, Yoko Hayashi, Joyce Toh, You Yang, and Bao Yifeng) will decide the recipient of the Grand Prize, who will be announced at Art Fair Tokyo 2018 on 8th March.


Asian Art Award 2017 supported by Warehouse TERRADA

Asian Art Award supported by Warehouse TERRADA is a new award for contemporary art created in 2017 with the intent to support artists who are anticipated to be successful first in Japan, then Asia, and ultimately internationally.

Last February, five curators made up a jury which selected five finalists, and in September a finalist exhibition was held where a jury made up of curators based in Japan, Singapore, and China conducted the final review and settled on Chikako Yamashiro’s “Mud Man” (2017 Film Ver.) for the grand prize.

The work was shown this January at Art Stage Singapore 2018, and it will also be shown at AFT2018 in a room adjacent to the Access Area. (March 9-11)

Yamashiro aaa2017

Mud man by Chikako Yamashiro(2017)

Asian Art Award 2017 supported by Warehouse TERRADA- Finalists Exhibition

In cooperation with AICHI TRIENNALE 2016, ©Chikako Yamashiro, Courtesy of Yumiko Chiba Associates