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 established the group “Neo Dada Organizers” with Masanobu Yoshimura in 1960. 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.

As one of the outstanding artists living today to represent the country, his energetic presence is everlasting with more recent solo exhibitions including “Shinohara Pops! The Avant-Garde Road, Tokyo/New York” The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, NY (2012) and “Gyu-chan, 60 years of roaring on the avant-garde road” Kariya City Art Museum, Aichi (2017) along with the group exhibitions “Parody, around 1970s right and left of double voice – – Japan” Tokyo Station Gallery (2017) and “1968: Art in the Turbulent Age” Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, Chiba City Museum of Art, Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, The Museum of Art, Kochi (2018).



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


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