Ushio Shinohara



Ushio Shinohara
Born in Tokyo, 1932. Lives and works in New York, USA.

During his time studying at Tokyo University of the Arts majoring in yōga (western-style painting), Shinohara apprenticed to Takeshi Hayashi, and participated in the Yomiuri Independent Exhibition, which made his rise to stardom. After leaving the university, Shinohara establishes the group “Neo Dada Organizers” with Masanobu Yoshimura. Despite a short time period of activity as a group, their phenomenal and radical performances have brought significant impact upon Japanese art scene. In 1969, he received a fellowship from The JDR 3rd Fund to spend a year in the United States. Ever since, his large-scale paintings from a vibrant color palette and Shinohara’s energetic “Boxing-Painting” attracted significant attention nationally and internationally. In 2007, he received the 48th Mainichi Art Award for his long-standing achievement. Ushio and his wife Noriko Shinohara debuted in a film “Cutie and the Boxer” directed by Zachary Heinzerling, and it was nominated in 2014 for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 86th Academy Awards. In 2015, he participated in the exhibition “International Pop” organized by and toured from Walker Art Center, Dallas Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art through 2016, followed by the exhibition “The World Goes Pop” at Tate Modern in the same year. After 10 years, he returned to Japan with his solo exhibition presented at YAMAMOTO GENDAI in Tokyo, featuring a signature boxing performance/painting at the opening. Shinohara still remains as one of the respected artists representing Japan.


MoMA, New York
Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal, Canada
Musée d’art Contemporain, Lyon
National Gallery Prague, Czech Republic
Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Itabashi Art Museum, Tokyo
Tokyo The National Museum of Art, Osaka
The Museum of Modern Art, Kanagawa
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima
Yokohama Museum of Art, Kanagawa
Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Nagano
Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama
Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka
Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Tochigi
Chiba City Museum of Art, Chiba
The Miyagi Museum of Art, Miyagi
The Museum of Modern Art, Tokushima
Iwaki City Museum of Art, Fukushima
Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo
Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo
Nigata City Art Museum, Niigata
The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama
The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga
Oita City Art Museum, Oita
The Museum of Modern Art, Hyogo
Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa
The Museum of Art, Kochi
Kourodai Park, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka
Kirishima Open Air Museum, Kagoshima
The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum, Niigata
Saku Municipal Museum of Modern Art, Nagano


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