Tsuguo Yanai

Tsuguo Yanai  柳井嗣雄


Studio:  17-1 Karatake Hanno-shi, Saitama 357-0127 JAPAN

Tel/fax:  +81-42-978-5662

Email:  paperartyanaitsuguo@energy.ocn.ne.jp

Stats:   Born in 1953 at Hagi, Yamaguchi

        1977   Graduated Sokei Academy of Fine Arts, printmaking, Tokyo

        1978-80 Studied with Stanley W. Hayter at Atelier 17, Paris

        2006-08 Chief of Akiruno City Papermaking Studio, Tokyo

        2003~  Lecturer at Joshibi University of Arts, Kanagawa


Solo Exhibitions (extract)

1980   Gallery 21+Yo, Tokyo (also in 1987, 1989)

1984   Amaury Saint-Gilles Contemporary Fine Arts, Tokyo

1986   Galerie Pensee, Tokyo

1988   Vieplan Theater Gallery, Tokyo

1991   Gallery αm, Tokyo

1992   Gallery Chofu,Tokyo

1992   Gallery NAITO, Nagoya

1993   Gallery KOUKI, Paris

1994   Tamaya Gallery, Tokyo

1996   INFORMUSE, Tokyo

1998   Gallery Tomos, Tokyo

1998   Iiyama City Museum, Nagano

1999   Yamato Plaza, Tokyo

2000   Gallery Space 21, Tokyo

2002   Hagi Uragami Museum, Yamaguchi

2004   Shomeido Gallery, Tokyo

2006   Makii Masaru Fine Arts, Tokyo

2006   Akishima City Hall, Tokyo

2008   Court Gallery, Tokyo

2009   Galerie VIVANT, Tokyo

2010   Ginza Gallery Joshibi,Tokyo

2011   Paper Art Studio, Saitama (also in 2009,2010,2011,2013)

2013   Gallery Gotoh, Tokyo (also in 1999,2001)

2014   Striped House Gallery,Tokyo


Group Exhibions (extract)

1981-86 International Independante Exhibition of Prints, Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Yokohama

1982-85 CWAJ Print Show, American Club, Tokyo

1982    14th Tokyo Biennale, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum and Kyoto Municipal,Museum

        Tokorozawa Open-Air Exhibition, Tokorozawa Park, Saitama

1983    Grand Prix Print Biennale, Tokyo Central Museum

1984    Three Printmakers, Shinwa Gallery, Tokyo

1985-90 Paper Works of Contemporary Art, Imadate, Fukui

 (awarded prizes in 1985, 1986, 1987, and 1990 Grand Prix)

1985   17th Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum and Kyoto Municipal Museum

       59th KOUTEN, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Osaka City Museum, and Aichi Museum

 (awarded Nojima Prize)

        Contemporary Art in Yamaguchi III, Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum

1986   16th Tokyo Biennale, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum and Kyoto Municipal Museum

1987   Function and Beauty of Japanese Paper, Yamanashi Prefectural Museum

1988   Paper and Contemporary Art, Galleria d’arte Niccoli, Italy

1989   Tokyo Art Festival, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum

        Contemporary Art Festival, Museum of Modern Art, Saitama

1990   18th Tokyo Biennale, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum and Kyoto Municipal Museum(awarded Best Work prize)

        Metaphorical Paper Exhibition, INO Paper Museum, Kouchi

1991-97 Summer Art Festival in Hakushu, Yamanashi

1991   Frontiere de l’Image, Espace Japon, Paris

       Three-Dimensional Paper Work, Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Yokohama

1992   Element of Illusion, Tamaya Gallery, Tokyo

        Luminal Art Exhibition, Sumida Riverside Hall Gallery, Tokyo

1993   Contemporary Japanese Paper Art, Maison de la Culture Cote-des-Neiges, Montreal

        1st Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery,Australia

1994   Contemporary Japanese Paper Art, Hall of Awa Handmade Paper, Tokushima

        23rd Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan, Tokyo Metropolitan and Kyoto Municipal Museum

        JAPON-FRANCE/Mixed Media Art Communication, Theater X, Tokyo

1995    Art Aid, Azabu Museum of Arts and Crafts, Tokyo

        TAMA Art Exhibition, Mitaka City Art Gallery, Tokyo

        October Skip, Azabu Museum of Arts and Crafts, Tokyo

1996   Expression behind Paper, Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art

       Trial of Uchiyama-Paper, Ohsaki West Gallery, Tokyo

1997    Nature-Material & Image, Museum of Art Ein Harod, Israel

International Biennale of Prints, Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art,Yamanashi

1998    Poison and Healing, Gallery Shiba Art, Tokyo

Blue Passage, Bunkamura Gallery, Tokyo

1999   Tamagawa Open-Air Exhibition, Fussa Southern Part, Tokyo

        Form of Japanese Paper, Nerima Art Museum, Tokyo

2000  Contemporary Paper Art, Imadate Art Hall, Fukui  

     International Open-Air Fiber Art Exhibition, Issenba Park in Kamogawa, Chiba

2001    Fiber as Art, Gallery Space 21,Tokyo & Sabae Contemporary Art Center, Fukui

        Words of Paper, Ogawamachi Library Hall, Saitama

2002    Wonderland of Paper, Gunma Tatebayashi Museum of Art , Gunma

        SOFA Chicago 2002, Navy Pier, United States

2003    SOFA New York,Seventh Regiment Armory,United States

2004    Works on – Woks of Paper,Snyderman Gallery,United States

        Art & Exhibition, Philadelphia International Airport, United States

2005    EXPO 2005, Aichi

        Triennale international de la Tapisserie et des Arts , Meison de la Culture, Tournai, Belgium

2006    Edge - Art Documentary Film, “Installation Time ”by Yo Ohta, Yokohama Museum of Art, Kanagawa

2007    Present of Paper Art, Saitama Craft Center, Saitama

2008    Contemporary Art of Japan & Korea, Furusato-kobo, Tokyo

        Evolution of Paper Art , Saitama Craft Center, Saitama

2009-13 Saitama Resonant Exhibitions Project SOUHATSU, PAS, Saitama

2009    Art project Kamakura Junku, Kousokuji-Temple, Kanagawa

2010    Paper Works-Exchange University of Arts- Japan and America, Galleria Nike, Tokyo

        Ecology Art- Japan and Koria, Yamanashi Prefectural Museam of Art, Yamanashi

2011    International Paper Art Exhibition & Sympposium,Chung Shhan National Gallery,Taiwan

        Contemporary Art Now Kawagoe,Art Gallery Koyuu-Kan Kawagoe, Saitama

2012    Wise Collection,Hood Museum of Art, USA

        11th Matsushiro Contemporary Art Festival,School of Matsushiro-Clan Bunbu, Nagano

        Kura and Contemporary Art,Kawagoe, Saitama

2013   The Fountain of Ulus,Plaza Gallery,Tokyo

        Looking at Life- for future,North Plaza Gallery, Saitama

2014   Paper Objects Festival, Kalnciema kvartāls,Latvia







Titles of Series


1. Mono series  (1986~88)

The form appears naturally, determined by the environment it is installed in,

through “induction” of the material’s innate energy.


2. Genius Loci series (1990~95)

Works depicting the connection between the material and the spiritual.


3. Pupa series (1994~98)

This series depicts internally suspended life containing both past and present.


4. Tree series (1989~99)

The orderly, logical world of plant fibers is shown as a symbol of Modernism.


5. Rhizome series (1996~2001)

In contrast to the Tree series, this chaotic, underground network symbolizes

Post-Modern society.


6. Antiquities series (1997~2000)

At the end of the 20th century, these seemingly excavated works of important

figures were created to, paradoxically, rekindle memories of life through

the suggestion of death.


7. Protoplasm and Black Flower series (1992~)

These two groups of “drawings” were created in the papermaking process to

depict the site of life’s origin.


8. Border series (2001~ )

  It shows the relations between self and others, between this world and other world.

  It comes out on cue from 9.11.