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Yoshitomo Nara: Biographical Documents






Born 1959, Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan

Lives and works in Tochigi, Japan



1987, Graduate School of Aichi Prefectual University of Art, MA

1988–1993, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany

1993, Completed Meisterschuler from A.R. Penk



Yoshitomo Nara: Drawings – Last 31Years, Château La Coste, France, August 23–November 22, 2019.


En/trance: Yoshitomo Nara, Japan Society, New York, February 26, 2019–2020.




Yoshitomo Nara: Puppy Love, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, opened December 4, 2018.


Yoshitomo Nara: all things must pass, but nothing is lost/precious days around me, sometimes farther along, sometimes under my feet, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, October 25, 2018–January 12, 2019.


Yoshitomo Nara: Drawings 1988–2018, Last 30 Years, Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, September 21–October 18, 2018. (Brochure)


Yoshitomo Nara: Sixteen springs and sixteen summers gone—Take your time, it won’t be long now, Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film, Tokyo, July 7–August 10, 2018. (Catalogue)


Yoshitomo Nara: Ceramic Works and…, Pace Gallery, 12/F H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, March 27–May 12, 2018. (Catalogue)


Yoshitomo Nara, N’s Yard, Nasushiobara City, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, opened on March 16, 2018.


Yoshitomo Nara: Drawings: 1988–2018, Last 30 Years, Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, February 9–March 8, 2018.




Yoshitomo Nara: Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Daikanyama Photo Fair, Daikanyama Hillside Plaza, Tokyo, September 29–October 1, 2017. (Catalogue)


Yoshitomo Nara: For Better or Worse: Works 1987–2017, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, July 15–September 24, 2017. (Catalogue)


Yoshitomo Nara: Thinker, Pace Gallery, 510 West 25th Street, New York, March 31–April 29, 2017. (Catalogue)




Yoshitomo Nara, Museum of National Taipei University of Education, August 19, 2016–January 8, 2017.


Yoshitomo Nara: Picture Box, Kato Art Duo, Singapore, June 16–July 18, 2016.


Yoshitomo Nara: New Works, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, April 28–June 1, 2016. (Catalogue)




Yoshitomo Nara: Shallow Puddles, Blum & Poe, Tokyo, October 3–November 14, 2015. (Catalogue)


Yoshitomo Nara, Johnen Galerie, Berlin, September 18–October 24, 2015.


Yoshitomo Nara: “stars, Pace Hong Kong, 15C Entertainment Building, 30 Queens Road Central, March 13–April 25, 2015. (Catalogue)


Life is Only One: Yoshitomo Nara, Asia Society, Hong Kong, March 6–July 26, 2015.




Yoshitomo Nara: Greetings from a Place in My Heart, Dairy Art Centre, London, October 3–December 14, 2014.


Yoshitomo Nara, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, March 1–April 12, 2014. (Catalogue)




Yoshitomo Nara, Pace Gallery, 534 West 25th Street, New York, May 10–June 29, 2013. (Catalogue)




Yoshitomo Nara: The Little Little House in The Blue Woods, Towada Art Center, Aomori, September 22, 2012–January 14, 2013.


Yoshitomo Nara: a bit like you and me…, Yokohama Museum of Art, Kanagawa, July 14–September 23, 2012. Traveled to: Aomori Museum of Art, October 6, 2012–January 14, 2013; Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, January 26–April 14, 2013. (Catalogue)




Print Works, Roppongi Hills Art & Design Store Gallery, Tokyo, February 17–March 21, 2011.




Yoshitomo Nara: New Editions, Pace Prints, New York, October 27–December 4, 2010.


Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody's Fool, Asia Society Museum, New York, September 9, 2010–January 2, 2010. (Catalogue)


Ceramic Works, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, May 15–June 19, 2010. (Catalogue)




The Crated Rooms in Iceland: Yoshitomo Nara + YNG, The Reykjavik Art Museum, September 17, 2009–January 3, 2010. (Catalogue)


Yoshitomo Nara, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, February 28–March 28, 2009.




Yoshitomo Nara and Installation by YNG, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, December 20, 2008–February 7, 2009


Yoshitomo Nara + graf, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, June 14–October 26, 2008.


Yoshitomo Nara, Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna, April 26–June 26, 2008.


Yoshitomo Nara, Galerie Zink Munich, Munich, March 14–May 3, 2008.




Yoshitomo Nara, Johnen + Schoettle, Cologne, September 29–October 31, 2007.


Yoshitomo Nara + graf: Torre de Málaga, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, September 21, 2007–January 6, 2008. (Catalogue)


Yoshitomo Nara + graf, GEM, Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hague, June 2–October 28, 2007.


Yoshitomo Nara + graf: Berlin Baracke, Galerie Zink Berlin, February 10–April 21, 2007.




Yoshitomo Nara: Moon Light Serenade, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, September 20, 2006–March 21, 2007. (Catalogue)


Yoshitomo Nara + graf: A to Z, Yoshii Brick Brewhouse, Hirosaki, Aomori, July 29–October 22, 2006. (Catalogue).


Yoshitomo Nara + graf, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, February 3–March 11, 2006.




Home, graf media gm, Osaka, December 18, 2005–February 5, 2006.


Yoshitomo Nara, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, September 9–October 8, 2005.




Shallow Puddles, graf media gm, Osaka, December 24, 2004–January 6, 2005.


Yoshitomo Nara: Nowhere Land, Johnen + Schottle, Cologne, October 28–February 5, 2004.


Yoshitomo Nara: From the Depth of My Drawer, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, August 11–October 10, 2004. Traveled to: Kanaz Forest of Creation, Fukui, October 19–November 28, 2004; Yonago City Museum of Art, Tottori, February 10–March 21, 2005; Yoshii Brick Brewhouse, Hirosaki, Aomori, April 16–May 22, 2005; Rodin Gallery, Seoul, 2005. (Catalogue)


Yoshitomo Nara, Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna, March 30–May 5, 2004.


Yoshitomo Nara: New Works 2004, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, January 10–February 7, 2004.




The Good, the Bad, the Average…and unique, Little More Gallery, Tokyo, 2003. (Catalogue)


Yoshitomo Nara, Galerie Zink & Gegner, Munich, 2003.


S.M.L., graf media gm, Osaka, December 20, 2003–February 1, 2004.


Yoshitomo Nara: Your Dog, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, November 8, 2003–June 13, 2004.


Yoshitomo Nara: New Drawings, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, November 8–December 6, 2003.


Yoshitomo Nara: Nothing Ever Happens, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, September 12, 2003–January 4, 2004. Traveled to: Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, January 24–April 4, 2004; San Jose Museum of Art, July 24–October 24, 2004; Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri, December 3, 2004–February 26, 2005; Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, March 25–May 22, 2005. (Catalogue)


Yoshitomo Nara, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, May 2–May 31, 2003.




12 Etchings, Space Force, Tokyo, 2002.


Saucer Tales, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, October 19–November 16, 2002.


Yoshitomo Nara: Who Snatched the Babies?, Centre national de l’estampe et de l’art imprime, Chatou, France, June–September 2002. (Catalogue)




Yoshitomo Nara: I Don't Mind, If You Forget Me, Yokohama Museum of Art, Kanagawa, August 11–October 14, 2001; Ashiya City Museum of Art and History, Hyogo, January 19–March 31, 2002; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, April 7–June 2, 2002; Asahikawa Museum of Art, Hokkaido, June 14–August 14, 2002; Yoshii Brick Brewhouse, Hirosaki, Aomori. (Catalogue)


Clear For Landing, Galerie Michael Zink, Munich, June 9–July 21, 2001.


Drawing Days, Colette, Paris, June 4–30, 2001.


In the White Room: An Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings, Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, January 11–February 10, 2001.




Yoshitomo Nara, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, May 26–June 24, 2000.


In the Empty Fortress, Galerie Johnen + Schottle, Cologne, March 31–April 4, 2000.


Lullaby Supermarket, Santa Monica Museum of Art, March 25-May 27, 2000.


Walk On, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, March 18–June 25, 2000.




Happy Hour, Gallery Hakutosha, Nagoya, Aichi, 1999.


Pave Your Dreams, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, 1999.


Walking Alone, The Ginza Art Space, Tokyo, 1999. (Catalogue)


Yoshitomo Nara: Done; did, Parco Gallery, Nagoya, December 3–30, 1999.


Somebody Whispers in Nuremberg, Institut für moderne Kunst in der SchmidtBank-Galerie, Nuremberg, June 11–August 20, 1999. (Brochure)


In the Floating World, NADiff, Tokyo, April 2–May 10, 1999.


Yoshitomo Nara: An Exhibition of Sculpture in Two Parts (Part II), Blum & Poe Gallery, Santa Monica, March 16–April 3, 1999.


Yoshitomo Nara: An Exhibition of Sculpture in Two Parts (Part 1), Blum & Poe Gallery, Santa Monica, February 16–March 13, 1999.


No They Didn't, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, January 16–February 6, 1999.




Yoshitomo Nara, Institute of Visual Arts, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, September 11–November 22, 1998. (Brochure)




Drawing Days, Gallery Hakutosha, Nagoya, Aichi, 1997.


Lonesome Puppy, Gallery Hakutosha, Nagoya, Aichi, 1997.


Sleepless Night, Galerie Michael Zink, Regensburg, 1997.


Yumeooka Art Project, World Is Yours, Wing Kamiooka Center Court, Yokohama, Kanagawa, 1997.


Screen Memory, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, December 5–December 27, 1997.


Yoshitomo Nara, Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, May–June 28, 1997.




Cup Kids, Gallery Hakutosha, Nagoya, Aichi, 1996.


Empty Surprise, Mitsubishi-Jisho Artium, Fukuoka, 1996.


Johnen+Schottle, Cologne, 1996.


Lonesome Puppy, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo and Gallery Hakutosha, Nagoya, December 24–29, 1996. (Catalogue)


Hothouse Fresh, Gallery Hakutosha, Nagoya, Aichi, January 20–February 24, 1996. (Catalogue)




Cup Kids, Museum of Contemporary Art, Nagoya, Aichi, 1995. (Catalogue)


Nothing Gets Me Down, Galerie Humanité Tokyo, 1995. (Catalogue)


Oil on Canvas, Galerie Humanité Nagoya, Aichi, 1995. (Brochure)


Pacific Babies, Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, July 12–August 19, 1995.


In the Deepest Puddle, SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo, March 10–April 4, 1995. (Catalogue)




Christmas for Sleeping Children, Itoki Crystal Hall, Osaka, 1994. (Brochure)


Hula Hula Garden, Galerie d'Eendt, Amsterdam, September 2–October 2, 1994.


Lonesome Babies, Hakutosha, Nagoya, Aichi, April 5–May 14, 1994. (Brochure)




Gallerie Johnen+Schottle, Cologne, 1993.


Yoshitomo Nara: Be Happy, Galerie Humanité Nagoya, October 12–30, 1993. Traveled to: Galerie Humanité Tokyo, November 29–December 18, 1993. (Brochure)




Loft Gallery, Deventer, The Netherlands, 1992.


Drawings, Galerie d'Eendt, Amsterdam, September 1992.




Cogitationes Cordium, Galerie Humanité Nagoya, Aichi, 1991. (Catalogue)


Yoshitomo Nara: Paintings, Galerie d'Eendt, Amsterdam, October 24–November 24, 1991.


Harmlos, Galerie im Kinderspielhaus, Düsseldorf, January 25–February 21, 1991




Yoshitomo Nara, Galerie d'Eendt, Amsterdam, May 4–30, 1990.




Irrlichttheater, Stuttgart, 1989.




Innocent Being, Galerie Humanité Nagoya, Aichi and Galerie Humanité Tokyo


Goethe-Institut, Düsseldorf, 1988. (Brochure)




Recent Works, Space to Space, Nagoya, Aichi, 1985.




It's a Little Wonderful House, Love Collection Gallery, Nagoya, Aichi, 1984.


Wonder Room, Space to Space, Nagoya, Aichi, 1984.