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Ryoko Aoki

Ryoko Aoki

b. 1973, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

Lives and works in Kyoto, Japan



M.F.A., Kyoto University of Fine Art

Solo Exhibitions:


Tsubaki-kai 2014 - Shoshin, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo


Green Pocket, Take Ninagawa, Tokyo


Ripples, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY


Hammer Project, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Super Flyer, Kodama Gallery, Osaka, Japan


Sliding Circle, Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


gluesights, Kodama Gallery, Osaka, Japan

criterium 51, Art Tower Mito, Mito, Japan


Flowered House, Kodama Gallery, Osaka, Japan


Patterns, Kodama Gallery, Osaka, Japan


Aokigahara, Sea of Trees, Gallery Blue Nile, Osaka, Japan

Group Exhibitions:


Imprisoned, Jailbreak, Imprisoned, Jailbreak, Aoyama Meguro, Tokyo

Silent Blue, Statements, Tokyo

Frieze Fair, Take Ninagawa, New York


For Troedsson Villa, The Troedsson Villa, Tochigi

Wabi Sabi Shima, from the aesthetic of Perfection and Chaos in the Japanese archipelago, Thalie Art Foundation, Brussel

Tsubaki-kai 2015-Shoshin, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo

Takahashi Collection Mirror Neuron,

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo


Drawing02, Hyphenation, Ginza Shibuya Gallery, Tokyo

Verwacht: NOW JAPAN, Kunsthal KadE Amersfoort, Amersfoort


Ryoko Aoki + Zon Ito, Experimenta Speak to Me, 5th International Biennial of Media Art, Project Space/Spare Room, Carlton, Victoria, Australia


Ryoko Aoki + Zon Ito, The State One Reaches by the age of 9, and the sunshine of those days, Taka Ishii Gallery, Kyoto


The More I Draw: Drawing as a Concept for the World, Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Siegen, Germany

Takamatsu contemporary art annual vol.1, Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa, Japan

Wildflowers seeds, On Sundays, Watari-um Museum, The Watari Museum Of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

Fifth Anniversary Exhibition, Garden of Painting: Japanese Art of the 00s, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan


Art on Paper, The Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC

Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan


Surreal Naivete, M.Y. Art Prospects, New York, NY


Documenta 12, Kassel, Germany

The Door Into Summer: The Age of Micropop, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan, Curated by Midori Matsui


Children of Veins, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, Australia (collaboration with Zon Ito)


ignore your perspective, Kodama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

AniMate, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan (collaboration with Zon Ito)

PAPER, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY


Past in Reverse: Contemporary Art of East Asia, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA

FUSION: Architecture + Design in Japan, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel (collaboration with Zon Ito)

WHY NOT LIVE FOR ART?, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

A Fripon Fripon et Demi, Collection Lambert en Avignon, Avignon, France (collaboration with Zon Ito)

Roppongi Crossing, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (Collaboration with Zon Ito), Japan

On Paper, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Study, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Slow Painting, Daiwa Radiator Factory Viewing Room, Hiroshima, Japan

Dark Shadows, Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

girls dont cry, PAROCO Museum, Tokyo, Japan


Art in Transit, The Palace Side Hotel, Tokyo, Japan

Sogashu, Voice Gallery, Kyoto, Japan


Kyoto x Amsterdam: New Directions, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, Japan

International Triennial of Contemporary Art Yokohama 2001, Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition Hall, Yokohama, Japan (Collaboration with Zon Ito)

Art Crossing in Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan


The J Way, Lydmar Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden

Twilight Sleep, Instituto Giapponese di Cultura, Rome, Italy

Screening Japan, Hallo! Copenhagen, (Room 46, Aarhus), Denmark

Musicvideo Festival 2000, The Video-Bar The Northern Photographic Centre, Oulu, Finland

Made in Kyoto, Voice Gallery, Kyoto


Donaiyanen!, Contemporary Japanese Art So What?, The National Fine Arts School of Paris


Tabula Rasa, Kyoto Municipal Shijo Gallery

Public Collections:

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY



Ice Cream: Contemporary Art in Culture; 10 Curators, 100 Artists, 10 Source Artists, London: Phaidon

Matsui, Midori, The Age of Micropop: The New Generation of Japanese Artists, Tokyo: Parco Publishing and Art Tower Mito


Vergne, Phillipe, First Take: Zon Ito and Ryoko Aoki, Artforum, January

Pedrosa, Adriano, Ryoko Aoki, In: Vitamin D: New Perspectives In Drawing, London: Phaidon

Matsui, Midori, Ryoko Aoki, Exhibition Brochure Text, Hammer Projects, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Vartanian, Ivan, Drop Dead Cute: The New Generation of Women Artists in Japan, Chronicle Books


Hertz, Betty-Sue, Ryoko Aoki, Catalog text, Past in Reverse, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA

Ryoko Aoki, FoIL Magazine No. 5


Matsui, Midori, Ryoko Aoki at Kodama Gallery, Flash Art, March


Kubota, Kenji, Half a Paradise, Exhibition Brochure Text, Criterium 51, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito, Mito, Japan