Aoyama Satoru

Born & Lives

1973 Born in Tokyo, Japan
Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan


2001 MFA in Fiber and Material Study Department, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA
1998 BFA in Textiles, Visual Art Department, Goldsmiths College, University of London, London, UK

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017 News From Nowhere, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
The Age of Disappearance, Satoru Aoyama x Ken Ikeda, Mizuma Gallery, Singapore
2016 Division of Labour, White Rainbow, London, UK
2015 Dedicated to Unknown Embroiderers, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2014 "About Painting" Art Fair Tokyo, Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan
2012 "The Man-Machine (Reprise)" Featuring HIRAISHI Hirokazu, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2011 Artists Must Earnestly Make Six Roses in Their Lives, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2010 COMPLEX CIRCUIT - Contact Zone 5 / Satoru AOYAMA (curated by Mizuki Takahashi), Gallery αM, Tokyo, Japan
2009 Glitter Pieces #1-22, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Open Studio, Fuchu Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2007 Ancient Pixels, Chicago Cultural Center, Michigan Avenue Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Crowing in the Studio, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Good Aliens, One in the Other, London, UK
2005 Air, Coffee, Good Morning Tokyo, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2004 Aoyama Satoru Criterium 60, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan
YU-KEI, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2002 Satoru Aoyama, Finesilver Gallery, San Antonio, Texas, USA
In Stitched, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Amazing Craftmanship! From Meiji Kogei to Contemporary Art, Abeno Harulas Art Museum, Osaka, Japan
2018 Contemporary Art of the 21st Century: Exhibition of Taguchi Art Collection from Andy Warhol to Yoshitomo Nara, The Hiratsuka Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan
Takahashi Collection ─ Face and Abstraction, Kiyoharu Art Colony, Yamanashi, Japan
2017 Museum of Together, SPIRAL Garden, Tokyo, Japan
Amazing Craftsmanship! From Meiji Kogei to Contemporary Art, Mitsui Memorial Museum, Tokyo, Japan
A Corridor of Art through the Mountains and Seas, Onomichi City Museum of Art, Hiroshima, Japan
Yokohama Triennale 2017, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No. 1, Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall, and others, Kanagawa, Japan
Takahashi Collection, Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Japan
ESACAPE from the SEA, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2016 Even if contemporary art ended, Gallery Sokyo, Kyoto, Japan
Takahashi Collection, Kanaz Forest of Creation, Fukui Prefecture, Japan
The Collection of the Takamatsu Art Museum - A Concise Guide to Life with Japanese Contemporary Art, Takamatsu Art Museum, Kagawa, Japan
2015 Taguchi Hiroshi Art Collection - A Walk Around the Contemporary Art World After Paradigm Shift, Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, Japan
Rokko Meets Art 2015, Rokkosan, Kobe, Japan
Takahashi Collection Mirror Neuron, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Embroidery × Sound × Art, Aoyama Satoru, Daikanyama Tsutaya Books, Tokyo, Japan
Alternative Choice, Yokohama Civic Gallery Azamino, Kanagawa, Japan
2014 Arafudo Art Annual 2014, Arafudo Onsen, Fukushima, Japan
Red Bull Music Company, Red Bull Japan, Tokyo, Japan
Anti-War: Resistance Against the Anticipated War, SNOW Contemporary, Tokyo, Japan
Find Asia, Yokohama Creative City Center, Yokohama, Japan
Mikkeru Visitor Center Yokohama, Zou-no-hana Terrace, Kanagawa, Japan
2013 Why not live for Art?, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Wonderful My Art, Kawaguchiko Museum of Art, Yamanashi, Japan
Flowers, Towada Art Center, Aomori, Japan
2012 Meguro Addresses – Artist in Urban Life, Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
Photo Reference: Photographic Image in Contemporary Japanese Art Practices, Belgrade Cultural Center - The Art Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia
Zipangu- The Surge of Japanese Contemporary Art, The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum, traveled to Takasaki Art Museum, Gunma
Storyteller - Units of Recognition, Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Aomori
2011 VOCA 2011, Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Dojima River Biennale 2011, Dojima River Forum, Osaka, Japan
Art for Tomorrow, Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
ZIPANGU – 31 spirited artists cutting through new territories of Japanese contemporary art, Takashimaya Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Japan (traveled to: Takashimaya Osaka, Japan and Takashimaya Kyoto, Japan)
CAFE in Mito 2011: Relationships in Color, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan
Parallel Running Theory, Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Cross Counter: Artist Cooperative Project, XYZ collective, Tokyo, Japan
TARO LOVE, Seibu Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
2010 Roppongi Crossing 2010: Can There Be Art?, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2009 TWIST and SHOUT: Contemporary Art from Japan, Bangkok Art and Culture Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2008 neoteny japan - From Takahashi Collection, Kirishima Open-Air Museum, Kagoshima, Japan (traveled to: Museum of Contemporary Art, Hokkaido, Japan; Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Niigata, Japan; Akita Museum of Modern Art, Akita, Japan; Yonago City Museum of Art, Tottori, Japan; The Museum of Art Ehime, Ehime, Japan)
THE ECHO, ZAIM, Yokohama, Japan
Akasaka Art Flower 08, Akasaka Sacas, Tokyo, Japan
2007 Neighbourhood Watch, Nettie Horn, London, UK
2006 New Art 2006, Yokohama Civic Gallery, Yokohama, Japan
ALLLOOKSAME? Art from China, Japan, and Korea, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy
The Souvenir Mine (created by Satoru Aoyama), Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Swallow harder, Frey Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, USA
2005 Since 1994 - Mizuma Art Gallery the 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Scape Codes: Neo-Topography, PKM Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2004 Officina Asia (curated by Renato Barilli), Galleria de Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy
Boys Who Sew (curated by Janis Jefferies), Crafts Council, London, UK
2003 Don’t Look Down, Nunnery, London, UK
2002 Small Collection (curated by Roger MacDonald), Govett-Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand
2001 MFA Thesis Exhibition, The Art Institute of Chicago Gallery 2, Chicago, Illinois, USA
2000 Kindergarten (curated by Roger McDonald), Sumida Kindergarten, Tokyo, Japan

Public Collections

Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Takamatsu Art Museum, Kagawa, Japan

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