OIWA Oscar

 

Oscar OIWA was born of Japanese descent in São Paulo, Brazil in 1965 and is now one of the most accomplished artists to record the impact of globalisation. A recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002 and now based in New York, OIWA has held numerous solo exhibitions around the world, and more notably in museums in Japan such as the Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. His works show a visual interplay of cross-cultural influences from his Japanese heritage and traditions, contemporary manga as well as western impressionism and science fiction film. Oiwa’s works are striking in their portrayal of multiple viewpoints and objects which combine effortlessly into a vivid world of their own.

Education

1989     Graduated from São Paulo University, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, São Paulo.

1995     The Delfina Studio Trust, Artist in Residence Award, London.

1996     The Pollock - Krasner Foundation Grant, New York.

2002     Grant from Asian Cultural Council Tokyo / New York.
Grant from John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York

Solo Exhibitions

1990     "Brazilian Exotic Fruits", Sao Paulo, Brazil
1992     "Virtual Toys", Tokyo, Japan
1993     "Crazy Family", Kanagawa, Japan
1995     “Divina Commedia”, Tokyo, Japan
             “Flower”, Yokohama Museum of Art /Art Gallery, Kanagawa, Japan
             "Kobe Earthquake", Tokyo, Japan
1996     “New Works”, Tokyo, Japan
             "Mother and Child", Installation, London, UK
1997     “Crow’s Nest”, Fukuoka, Japan
             "Via Crucis - Part I", Contemporary Art Factory, Tokyo, Japan
             "Light in Final of Tunnel", Tokyo, Japan
             "Morphe'97", Tokyo, Japan
1998     “The Garden of Eden”, The Royal Ueno Museum, Tokyo, Japan
1997/98 “Via Crucis”, Tokyo, Japan
             "Sakae Kumin Prize", Sakae World Cultural Centre, Kanagawa, Japan
1999      Solo Exhibition of Oscar Oiwa, Paris, France
             "Arca de Noe", Contemporary Art Factory, Tokyo, Japan
             "Sunrise", Gifu, Japan
2000      Solo Exhibition of Oscar Oiwa, Paris, France
             “Masterpieces”, Tokyo, Japan
             “The Garden of Eden”, Centre of Contemporary Art, Leiden, The Netherlands
2001     “Frontier”, Gifu, Japan
2002     “Landscape from a Cow’s View”, Tokyo, Japan
             “Noah Boat”, Paris, France
2003     “Monte Pascoal”, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2004     “Fog, Cloud & Flower”, Tokyo, Japan
             “Playback Film”, Gifu, Japan
2005     “Pooch”, Sao Paulo, Brazil
             Solo Exhibition of Oscar Oiwa, Paris, France
2006     “Caos”, Sao Paulo, Brazil
             “Gardening with Oscar Oiwa: New Paintings”, ASU Art Museum, Nelson Fine Arts Centre, Tempe, Arizona
              “Invisible Reflex: 1993-2006 Retrospective”, Ikeda Museum of 20th Century Art, Shizouka, Japan
              “Works on Paper”, Tokyo, Japan
2007      “Fireshop”, New York, NY
              "North Pole", Gifu, Japan
2008       Solo Exhibition of Oscar Oiwa, Sao Paulo, Brazil
              “The Dreams of a Sleeping World”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan.
              Traveling:Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art
              Solo Exhibition of Oscar Oiwa, Tokyo, Japan
              "Little World", Gifu, Japan
2009       Solo Exhibition of Oscar Oiwa, Connoisseur Contemporary, Hong Kong
              "Asian Kitchen", Beijing, China
              "The Dreams of a Sleeping World", Kagawa, Japan
2010       Caption Gallery, Gifu, Japan
2011       Museo Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
              After Midnight, Galeria Thomas Cohn, Sao Paulo, Brazil
              Oscar Oiwa, Agathe Helion Gallery, Paris, France
2012       A Meeting of Rabbit, Cat, Wave and Nest, Caption Gallery, Gifu, Japan
              Looking My World, Gallery Hosokawa, Osaka, Japan
              Travelling Light, Art Front Gallery, Tokyo, Japan / Kemusan Gallery, Seoul, Korea
              Works by Oscar Oiwa, Connoisseur Contemporary, Hong Kong
2013       Clima Tempestuoso (Stormy Weather), Solo Exhibition, Galeria
              Nara Roesler, Sao Paulo, Brazil
              Unconsciousness of the City, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
2014       Oscar Oiwa, chashama, New York, USA
2015       Oscar Oiwa, Connoisseur Contemporary, Hong Kong

Participated Exibition

1990     "The 8th Sao Paulo Contemporary Art Exhibition, Acquisition Prize, Biennial Foundation", Sao Paulo, Brazil
             "70 Artists, Paco das Artes", Sao Paulo, Brazil
1991     “21st International Sao Paulo Biennial”, Sao Paulo, Brazil
1992     "The Japan Contact Committee for the 21st International Biennial of Sao Paulo", Tokyo, Japan
             "Constellation: Contemporary Art Now '92", Kanagawa, Japan
1993     "Art Works and Factory", Tokyo, Japan
             "Brazilian Art Today", Fujita Vente Museum, Tokyo, Japan
1994     "Kanagawa Art Annual '94", Kanagawa Prefectural Hall Gallery, Kanagawa, Japan
             "NICAF '94", Kanagawa, Japan
             "Tannan Art Festival '94", Fukui, Japan
1995     “VOCA 95- Vision of Contemporary Art”, Encouragement Award, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan
             "Little Aperto, XLVI Venice Biennale alternative exhibition", Venice, Italy
             "Vision of Contemporary Art, Encouragement Award", The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan
             "Artistas Nipo-brasileiros e Japoneses", MAC USP Museum of Contemporary Art, Sao Paulo, Brazil
             "Nipo-brasileiros Contemporaneo", Niigata Prefectual Hall Gallery, touring exhibition: Tokushima Kyoudobunnka Kaikan,
              Tokushima/Gifu Prefectual Museum, Gifu/Azabu Bitjutse
              Kougeikan, Tokyo/Yokosuka City Hamaya Kaikan, Kanagawa/Ota City Higashige Gakusyu Bunka Center, Gunma, Japan
             "Morphe'95", Tokyo, Japan
1996     “Delfina Summer Exhibition”, The Delfina Studio Trust, London, England
             “4th Yokohama Biennale”, Yokohama, Grand Prize, Kanagawa, Japan
             “Osaka Triennale ’96”, Osaka, Japan
             “Contemporary Art Society Market”, Royal Festival Hall, London, England
             “Nipo-brasileiros Contemporaneos”, MASP Sao Paulo Art Museum, Sao Paulo, Brazil
1997     “Voice from Tokyo”, Barcelona, Spain
1998     “90th Year of Japanese Immigration in Brazil” touring exhibition:Ipatinga/Belo Horizonte/Brasilia/Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil
             “Michelin Contemporary Art Competition”, Bologne, France
             “Voice from Tokyo”, Weimar, Germany, Lausagne, Switzerland
             “Osaka Triennale ’98” -sculpture, Mydome Osaka, Osaka, Japan
             "Takeo Paper Show", Spiral Garden, Tokyo Travelled to Osaka and Nagoya, Japan
             "Philip Morris Award 1998 Final Selection", Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan
             "Jugemu", Contemporary Art Factory, Tokyo, Japan
1999     “Voice from Tokyo”, Tokyo, Japan
             “HOT AIR”, Shizuoka Convention & Arts Centre, Shizuoka, Japan
             “Museum walk”, Utsunomiya Museum of Art, Tochigi, Japan
             “Art is Fun: Angelic, Devilish, or Both”, Hara Museum ARC, Gunma, Japan
             "Splash", Canvas Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
             "Brussels Art Fair", Brussels, Belgium
             "The Group 1965 Shine or Rain - The Movie", Tokyo, Japan
2000     “Vacant Lot”, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota, Aichi, Japan
             “Echigotsumari Art Triennial”, Niigata, Japan
             “The Gift to Hope”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
             "Okamoto Taro Award", Tokyo Olimpic Centre, Tokyo, Japan
             "Philip Morris Art Award 2000", Ebisu Garden Place, Tokyo, Japan
             "The Group 1965 in Kansai", Osaka, Japan
             "Today - Latin America and Caribbean Contemporary Art", Miura Museum of Art, Ehime, Japan
2001     “Vision”, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota, Aichi, Japan
             “Modern from Sumida”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
             “In Search of Form”, Pusan Municipal Art Museum, Pusan, South Korea
2002     “Here is the Museum”, Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan
             “Cyclinal Art Site”, Oita Prefectural Museum of Art, Oita, Japan
2003     “Boa Viagem”, Utsunomiya Museum of Art, Tochigi, Japan
             “Japan: Rising”, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Palm Beach, Florida
             “Travelling: Towards the Border”, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
             "Pintura Brasilena Cosecha 2003", Arte BA, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2004     “Japan Art Now”, KIAF-Korea International Art Fair, Seoul, Korea
              Arteamericas The Latin American Fair, Miami, Florida
             “VOCA 1994-2003”, Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki, Japan
             “International Peace Exhibition”, National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea, Seoul, Korea
              FIAC, Paris, France
             "Pararela", Sao Paulo, Brazil
             "Arte BA", Buenos Aires, Argentina
2005     “Rampa”, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona
             “Over the Nature”, Himeji City Museum of Art, Hyogo, Japan
             “40x40x40”, Seoul, Korea
             “Arte BA”, Buenos Aires, Argentina
             “Sight-cruising”, Marugame Genichiro Museum of Art, Marugame, Japan
             “Permanent Collection Exhibition”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
             "The Group 1965 - project 40x40 Seven samurais, even", Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
             "Contemporary Art", Hiroshima, Japan
             "Arteamericas The Latin America Art Fair", Miami, USA
             "Bank ART Life - 24 hours hospitality", Kanagawa, Japan
             "New Acquisitions + Exhibition of the Collection 2005", Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
2006     “A Muse Land 2007: Beautiful Dreamer”, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan
             “Big City Fall”, New York, New York
             “PULSE Art Fair”, Miami, Florida
             “20 Art from Last 20 Year”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sapporo, Japan
             “SP Arte 2006”, Sao Paulo Art Fair, Sao Paulo, Brazil
             “Arte BA 2006”, Buenos Aires Art Fair, Buenos Aires, Brazil
             “PULSE NY”, New York, New York
             "Arteamericas", Miami, USA
2007     "PULSE NY", New York, USA
             "Arteamericas", Miami, USA
             "The (s) Files", el Museo del Barrio, New York, USA
             "PULSE Miami", Miami, USA
             "Art Basel Miami Beach", Miami, USA
             "Horizons-Perspectives of Contemporary Art", Tokyo, Japan
2008     "ARCO", Madrid, Spain
             "PULSE NY", New York, USA
             "SP Arte 2008", Sao Paulo, Brazil
             "Arte BA'08", Buenos Aires, Argentina
             "Trajetoria dos Cem Anos dos Artistas Plasticos Nikkeis no Brazil", Travelling Exhibition:
              Kobe/Matsuya/Yokohama/Kumamoto, Japan
             "Lacos do Olhar", Sao Paulo, Brazil
             "Monumental Proportions", Arizona State University Art Museum, Arizona
             "Nippon - 100 Anos de Integracao Brasil Japao", Travelling Exhibition: Rio de Janeiro/Brasilia, Brazil
             "Summer Breeze", Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona, USA
             "Network Project JAPAN", Seoul, South Korea
             "Contemporary Art Exhibition from the Museum Collection", The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Japan
2009     "PINTA - The Modern & Contemporary Latin American Art Show", The Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, USA
             "Sacred Monsters: Everyday Animism in Contemporary Japanese Art and Anime", Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, USA
             "4th Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial", Niigata, Japan
             "VIVA! New Art. New Visions", Connoisseur Contemporary and Connoisseur Art Gallery, Hong Kong
             "Landscape", Gifu, Japan
             "ZONA", Mexico Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico
             "SP Arte", Sao Paulo, Brazil
             "The City. Presence", New York, USA
             "Satoyama Zoological Garden", Niigata, Japan
             "Niigata City Water and Soil Festival", Niigata, Japan
2010     "Micro Salon 2010 60th Anniversary Exhibition", Tokyo Gallery + BTAP, Tokyo, Japan
             "Setouchi International Art Festival", Installation "Oiwa Island" received the Grand Prize out of 721 entries, Seto Inland Sea, Okayama, Japan
             "Japanese Brazilian Artist (Ricardo Akagawa collection", Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe, Japan
             "Modern Japanese Art from the Museum Collection", The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
             "Art Beijing", National Agricultural Exhibition Centre, Beijing, China
             "SP-Arte 2010 International Art Fair", Sao Paulo, Brazil
             "Flowers in Japanese Art: 16th - 21st Century", Iwami Art Museum, Shimane, Japan
             "Garden: Artists' Microcosm. Let's Browse With Topical Focus", The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
             "Animamix Biennial 2009-2010", Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan and Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China
2011     "SP-Arte/2011", Sao Paulo, Brazil
             "The Group 1965: We are Boys!", Kunstalle Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany
             Global New Art, Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
2012     "Art Dubai", Dubai, United Arab Emirates
             "Art Osaka", Caption Gallery, Gifu, Japan
              In Between Journeys: Here I Am, Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa, Japan
2013      Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong
              MOT Collection Our Ninety Years: 1923-2013, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan
             "Group 1965 - We Are Boys", Kamada Kyosaikai Folk Museum, Kagawa, Japan
             "Peace Meets Art!", Art Arch Hiroshima 2013, Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, Hiroshima, Japan
              Setouchi Triennale 2013, Ibuki Island / Ogi Island, Japan
2014      Cidade Politica, Associacao para o Patronato Contemporaneo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
              The 2nd Anniversary of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Hyogo, Japan
             "Chronicle 1995", MOT Collection, Special Exhibition for the 20th Anniversary, Museum of the Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan
             "Land of Sunlight-Brazilian Japanese Painters and Oscar Oiwa", Gunma Museum of Fine Art, Takasaki, Japan
              Le Printemps de Haute-Correze (11th Edition), Abbaye Saint Andre, Centre d'art contemporain, Meymac, France
2015      Collection Becoming, Twentieth Anniversary, Special MOT Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan
              Asia Hotel Art Fair (AHAF), Hong Kong
              Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Press

2009 "Oscar Oiwa", Prestige Hong Kong August issue, Hong Kong

Public Collections

 Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota, Japan
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
Utsunomiya Museum of Art, Tochigi, Japan
Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona
Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona, USA
Tokyo Station Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art, Fukushima, Japan
Ikeda Museum of 20th Century Art, Shizuoka, Japan
Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation

Private Collections

Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Thailand, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States