Yusuke Asai

Yusuke Asai
Born in Tokyo, 1981. Lives and works in Tokyo.

Yusuke Asai is an artist who utilizes various materials to broaden his artistic horizon. Alongside production at his atelier, “Masking Plant” series has been continued since 2003. The drawing of plants with a permanent marker onto the tape multiplies locations to showcase the artwork as if the motif overwhelms the space. For “Earth Paintings” series, he begins by collecting soil and water from local and specific regions to use as raw materials for his paintings. He also created the “Sprouted Plants” series which he cut out the shapes of animals and plants from a sheet of white line, originally seen on the asphalt road, and torches the surface. Recently, he has received a lot of attention for his large-scale earth paintings that extends over 10 meters. He juxtaposes animals and plants without any space, small animals and plants appear inside of bigger living things just like macro exists inside of micro, the ecosystem in the universe.

His significant solo exhibitions include, “Yusuke ASAI: Seeds of Imagination, Journey of Soil”, at The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Kanagawa, Japan (2015); He has also participated in major group exhibitions, such as “All Living Things”, Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka, Japan (2016); and “Echigo-Tsumari Art Field”, Tokamachi City, Niigata, Japan (2015). He is has also endeavoured in many art projects outside of Japan such as “yamatane”, Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, USA (2014).



Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto
Daisuke Miyatsu Collection
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
JAPIGOZZI Collection
Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Modern Art
Ohara Museum
Taguchi Art Collection
Takahashi Ryutaro Collection
Takamatsu City Museum of Art
Tsunagi Art Museum


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