Hiroyuki Oki

Hiroyuki Oki was born in Tokyo in 1964, and his activities are based in Kochi Prefecture, Tokyo, and other locations.

He began producing video works in the early 1980s, while he was pursuing studies in the Department of Architecture at the University of Tokyo’s Faculty of Engineering. In 1989, he launched the Matsumae-kun series consisting of video works made mainly in Matsumae-cho, Hokkaido. He received the Special Jury Prize at the Image Forum Festival for his film Swimming Prohibited in 1990, and the NETPAC Award at the 46th Berlin International Film Festival for his HEAVEN-6-BOX (1995) in 1996. His artistic activities are by no means confined to video; they also extend to drawing, installation, and performance.

Oki stays in motion and has traveled to various places around the world, including not only Hokkaido and the Tohoku region in Japan but also Arizona, China, Israel, and Congo, with camera in hand. From the correlative nexus of travel, lifestyle, and philosophy, he depicts a world endowed with a complex composition by dynamic networking. He has been given the highest accolades both inside and outside Japan for the unique poetic expression of his videos featuring a huge quantity of images that follow each other in rapid succession, and has also taken part in numerous international exhibitions.

Oki has taken part in many exhibitions, the main ones including “Abstract Incarnation”, ANOMALY, Tokyo (2024), “Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2023 “Technology?””, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum (2023), “Have something that defines my judgment vol. 4” Hiroyuki Oki, gallery αM, Tokyo (2022), “From me to you, from you to me. Letter/ Art / Project Todoku Exhibition”, Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery, Tokyo (2022), “M+ Moving Image Collection”, M+, Hong Kong, China (2021), “Doing History!”, Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan (2016), “Aichi Triennale 2016 : Rainbow Caravan – Homo Faber”, Choja-machi site, Aichi, Japan (2016), “Hiroshima Trilogy: 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombing Part 1 – Life=Work”, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan (2015), “The Door into Summer: The Age of Micropop”, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan (2007), “Out of the Ordinary”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA (2007), “The Sharjah Biennial 8 Film Programme”, Qanat Al Qasba, Sharjah, UAE (2007), “Roppongi Crossing: New Visions in Contemporary Japanese Art 2004”, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2004), “How Latitudes Become Forms: Art in a Global Age”, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA / Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy (2003), and “ART/DOMESTIC Temperature of the Time”, Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (1999).


Public Collection

Aichi Arts Center, Aichi, Japan
Daisuke Miyatsu Collection
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
Kochi Prefectural Museum of Art, Kochi, Japan
M+, Hong Kong
National Film Archive of Japan, Tokyo
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo
Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa, Japan
Takahashi Ryutaro Collection

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