Chiho Aoshima
Installation View
October 3November 14, 2009
Installation View
Asleep, dreaming of reptilian glory
May 28July 2, 2005
Installation View
September 4October 4, 2003
Installation View
February 8March 9, 2002


Born in Tokyo, Japan, 1974

B.Ec., Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan, 1995

Artpace, San Antonio, TX, Fall 2006

Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan

One-Person Exhibitions 

Rebirth of the World, Kaikai Kiki Pop-Up Gallery, Kyoto, Japan 

Rebirth of the World, Asian Art Museum, Seattle, WA

City Glow, Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Terror and Seduction, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain

City Glow, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX 
Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom
City Glow, Mountain Whisper, Platform for Art, Gloucester Road Tube Station, London, UK
Lyon Contemporary Art Museum, Lyon, France

City Glow, Starkwhite, Auckland, New Zealand

Asleep. Dreaming of reptilian glory, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
City Glow and Paradise, Installation at Union Square Subway Station, New York Public Art Fund (Part of Little Boy: The Arts of Japan’s Exploding Subculture), New York, NY

Matrix 205, U.C. Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Flim Archive, Berkeley, CA
Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France

Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA

Group Exhibitions

Takashi Murakami's Superflat Consideration on Contemporary Ceramics, Towada Art Center, Aomori, Japan 

Juxtapoz x Superflat, Pivot Art + Culture, Seattle, WA 

Immersed, SPACE, Linda Pace Foundation, San Antonio, TX

G I R L: Curated by Pharrell Williams, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France

Japan: Tradition. Innovation,
 Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints
, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN

Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art since the 1960s, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
Disquieted, curated by Bruce Guenther, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR 

Pretty is as Pretty Does, curated by Laura Heon, SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico
Haggerty Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Wonderland through the Looking Glass, KAdE Kunsthal in Amersfoort, Amersfoort, Netherlands
VRAOUM!, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
15th Anniversary Inaugural Exhibition, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA 

The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality, and the Moving Image Part One: Dreams, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Comics + Video Games + Art,  Vancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia, Canada
Kaikai Kiki Artists, Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Re-Imagining Asia, The Haus der Kultren der Welt (House of World Culture), Berlin, Germany

6th Mercosur Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Disorder in the House, Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels, Belgium
Like Color in Pictures, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Co, (cat)
MCA Exposed: Defining Moments in Photography, 1967-2007, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
RED HOT - Asian Art Today from the Chaney Family Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Making Worlds, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand 

Spank The Monkey, Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom, (cat.)
Super Vision, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
Il diavolo del focolare (The Devil of Hearth and Home), Palazzo della Triennale, Fondazione Cosmit Eventi, Milano, Italy
Mizuho Oshiro Gallery, Kagoshima, Japan 
POPulence, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 
See into Liquid, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, Colorado 
Twogether, 34 Long, Cape Town, South Africa
Banquet: A Feast for the Senses, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA 

Variations on the Picturesque, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Ecstasy: In & About Altered States
, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (cat.)
Little Boy: The Arts of Japan's Exploding Subculture, Japan Society, New York, NY (curated by Takashi Murakami) (cat.)
POPulence, Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Houston, TXRising Sun, Melting Moon, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Variations on the Picturesque, Kitchener–Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada 

Art Unlimited, Basel Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland (under the auspice of Blum & Poe and Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin)
Eijanaikai! Yes Future!, Collection Lambert, Avignon, France
Fiction. Love: Ultra New Vision in Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan (cat.)
Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami, FL
Lonely Planet, Art Tower Mito, Ibaragi, Japan
I Feel Mysterious Today, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Palm Beach, FL (cat.), (curated by Dominic Molon)
54th Carnegie International 2004-05, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA (cat.)
T-Junction, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
Tokyo Girls Bravo, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
Gallery Swap: Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, LFL Gallery, New York, NY
Chiho Aoshima, Mr., Aya Takano, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin at LFL Gallery, New York, NY

For the Record: Drawing Contemporary Life, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. (cat.)
SAM Collects: Contemporary Art Project, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA (cat.)
The Mythical Being of Desire: Chiho Aoshima, Shirin Neshat, Shazia Shikander, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, IL (cat.)
Inaugural Group Show, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA  

Chiho Aoshima, Aya Takano, Mr., Takashi Murakami, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
Liverpool Biennial 2002, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom (cat.)
Coloriage, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France (curated by Takashi Murakami)
Tokyo Girls Bravo 2, NADiff, Tokyo, Japan

Hiropon Show, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan (curated by Takashi Murakami)
Superflat, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, CA (curated by Takashi Murakami), (traveled to Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle) (cat.)

Superflat, Parco Gallery, Tokyo and Parco Gallery, Nagoya, Japan

Tokyo Girls Bravo, Nadiff, Tokyo and George's, Los Angeles, CA
Hiropon 32 - 80, Nadiff, Tokyo, Japan

Special Projects

Visionaire 50 Toys



Kvaran, Gunnar B. Murakami by Murakami. Oslo: Astrup Fearnley Museet; Tokyo: Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., 2017: 102-103

Rubin, David S. Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art Since the 1960’s. Texts by Robert C. Morgan and Daniel Pinchbeck. San Antonio, TX: San Antonio Museum of Art; Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2010. 

The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality and the Moving Image. Texts by Kerry Brougher, Kelly Gordon, Kristen Hileman, Anne Ellegood, and Tony Oursler. Washington, D.C.: Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 2008.

Chiho Aoshima, Mr., Aya Takano. Paris: Éditions du Panama; Lyon: Musée d'Art Contemporain, 2006.
Spank the Monkey. Texts by Pedro Alonzo, Peter Doroshenko, and Carlo McCormick. United Kingdom: BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art; Berlin: Die Gestalten Verlag, 2006. 

What’s Good? Conference. Texts by Connie Lam, and Portia So. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2005.
Murakami, Takashi, ed. Little Boy: The Arts of Japan's Exploding Subculture. Texts by Noi Sawaragi, Midori Matsui, Alexandra Munroe, and Tom Eccles. New York: Japan Society; New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2005.
Mark, Lisa, ed. Ecstasy: In and About Altered States. Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art; Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005.
Vartanian, Ivan, ed. Drop Dead Cute: the New Generation of Women Artists in Japan. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2005.
Populence. Texts by David Pagel and Terrie Sultan. Houston: University of Houston, 2005.

Fiction, Love: Ultra New Vision in Contemporary Art. Taiwan: Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, 2004.
54th Carnegie International. Texts by Laura Hoptman, Elizabeth A.T. Smith, Jean-Pierre Mercier, and Branka Stipanc̆ić. Pittsburgh: Carnegie Museum of Art, 2004.
Molon, Dominic, ed. I Feel Mysterious Today. Lake Worth, FL: Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, 2004.

Augaitis, Daina, ed. For the Record: Drawing Contemporary Life. Vancouver: Vancouver Art Gallery, 2003.
Macro Matrix: For Your Pleasure: Cai Guo-Qiang, Chiho Aoshima, Angela Bulloch. Berkeley, California: University of California, Berkeley Art Museum, 2003.
The Mythical Being of Desire: Chiho Aoshima, Shirin Neshat, Shazia Shikander. Chicago: Center for Asian Arts and Media, Columbia College, 2003.

Berg, Eddie, ed. International 2002: Liverpool: Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, 2002.
Murakami, Takashi, ed.Tokyo Girls Bravo. Asaka-shi, Japan: Kaikai Kiki, 2002.

Murakami, Takashi. Superflat. Tokyo: Madra, 2000.

Articles and Reviews 

Aoshima, Chiho. Interviewed by Yusuf Huysal and Ili Saarinen. Time Out Tokyo, August 8, 2016.

Graves, Jen. "Big Screen, Big Scream." The Stranger, July 1, 2015. 
Mishkin, Laura. “’Rebirth of the World,’ Chiho Aoshima.” Daily of the University of Washington Seattle, WA, May 4, 2015.
Rosen, Miss. “Exhibit | Chiho Aoshima: Rebirth of the World.” Crave, September 29, 2015.
Wee, Darryl. “Chiho Aoshima at Seattle’s Asian Art Museum.”, May 7, 2015. 

Welch, Matthew. "Artistic Remix: Contemporary Takes on Timeless Prints." Impressions, no. 34 (2013): 122-39.

Rubin, David., Robert C. Morgan, Daniel Pinchbeck. "Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art Since the 1960’s." San Antonio Museum of Art. Cambrige: MIT Press, 2010.

Genocchio, Benjamin. "Fantastic Voyage." Art & Auction (March 2009): 91.

Gopnik, Blake. "Moving Pictures." Washington Post, February 15, 2008.
McCormick, Carlo. "The Unknown Self: Aoshima In, and On Process." Whitewall (Winter 2008): 132-147, 153.
Virbila, Irene. "Sky’s the limit inside cloud nine." Los Angeles Times, January 2, 2008.

Edgers, Geoff. "ICA lobby mural gets destroyed - by design." Boston Sunday Globe, November 25, 2007, N6.
Liu, Andrea. "Chiho Aoshima." Art US (Winter 2007): 56.
"Metropolis: Visual Response." Another Late Night (Spring 2007): 41.
Rian, Jeff. "The World According to Aoshima." Bing, Winter 2007.

“Arts Mixtes: Chiho Aoshima, Mr., Aya Takano.” 20 minutes, September 29, 2006.
“Art et Mangas.” Les Petites Affiches Lyonnaises, September 9, 2006.
“A découvrir au musée d'art contemporain de Lyon.”, October 10, 2006.
Chandler, Voelz. “A See-Worthy Show of Beauty.” Rocky Mountain News, February 10, 2006.
Davis, Erik. “Reviews: Ecstasy: In and About Altered States.”  Artforum (January 2006): 215-216.
“Dazed People 100 Person Interview.” Dazed & Confused Japan (May 2006): 38, 45, 86-91.
“Exporama.” Art Press, October 2006.
Giacomelli, Fabien. “L'enfance de l'art japonais.”, October 6, 2006.
Happe, Frédéric. “Trois assistants de Takashi Murakami exposent à Lyon.” Agence France Presse, September 23, 2006.
“Kaikai Kiki kezako?” IDEAT, October 10, 2006.
Kaikai Kiki débarque à Lyon.” Le Figaro, September 15, 2006.
“Les mangas entrent au muse.” Lyon Capitale, October 9, 2006.
“Mac de kakidasu shōnen to gensōteki na sekai(‘An world of youth and illusion, drawn on a Mac’).”, July 2006.
MacMillan, Kyle. “‘See into Liquid’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art.” Denver Post, February 2, 2006.
“Mangas au Musée d'Art Contemporain de Lyon.” Cote Magazine, September 2006.
McQuaid, Cate. “With its New Collection, ICA Walks a Fine Line.” Boston Globe, April 12, 2006.
Paterson, Carrie. “Group Shows: Ecstasy.”  Flash Art (January/February 2006): 52.
“Ohana rinko (‘Flower link’).” Vogue Nippon (April 2006): 145.
Poffé, Judith. “Trois artistes japonais contemporains.” Les Cahiers de la Peinture, September 9, 2006.
“Practical Drama.” The Patriot Ledger, September 13, 2006.
“Red Letter Days: November.” San Antonio Express-News, October 29, 2006.
Sansom, Anna. “Big in Japan.” Mixte, August/September 2006.
Saison, Oliver. “Rentrée Chargée pour le Musée d'art contemporain pris en sandwich entre mangas et humanism.” Lyon Plus, October 6, 2006.
Singer, Laurence. “Vos rendez-vous d'automne…” Je Mag (October 2006): 40-41.
Sullivan, Eve. “Chiho Aoshima.” Contemporary Issue 88 (2006): 54-55.
“Takashi Murakami’s World.” Dune, August 20, 2006, 3-7,14-17.
“The Gallery.” Vacation, June 1, 2006,117-121.
“Tokyo-Pop à Lyon.” Le Figaro, October 7, 2006.
Tucker, Annie. “In A Galaxy Far, Far Away: Chiho Aoshima's Parallel Universe.” Juxtapoz (January 2006): 64-67.
Zelevansky, Lynn. “Flying Deeper and Farther: Kusama in 2005.” Afterall (May 2006): 58-60. 

Asano, Masahiko. “Otaku no teki: Murakami Takashi no meikaku naru henkō (‘An enemy of otaku: The clear transformation of Takashi Murakami’).” Bijutsu Techō (June 2005): 104-109.
“Exhibition of the Week,” The Week, April 29, 2005, 23.
Ressler, Darren. “Vision: Murakami.” Big Shot (April 2005): 20-23.
De Graeve, Cyril. “Poku-Art.” Chronic Art (April/May 2005): 54-55.
Dollar, Steve. “Japan, The Monster of Pop.” Newsday, April 8, 2005, B4.
Finkel, Jori. “Reviews: Chiho Aoshima.”  Art in America (October 2005): 188-189. 
Hearthney, Eleanor. “A Marriage of Trauma and Kitsch.” Art in America (October 2005): 56-61.
Herzog, Eve. “Hot Coffee-table Tomes: Sugar and Spice.” Harpar’s Bazaar (May 2005): 139.
Holmberg, Ryan. “Little Boy: Japan Society.” Artforum International (September 2005): 298-299.
Hong, Katherine. “The Apprentice.” W Magazine (April 2005): 61.
Knight, Christopher. “At Once Childlike and Monstrous.” Los Angeles Times, June 10, 2005.
Lieberman, Rhonda. “Rising Sons.” Artforum, April 10, 2005.
Lubow, Arthur. “The Murakami Method.” New York Times Magazine, April 3, 2005, 48-57, 64, 76, 79.
Lytal, Benjamin. “A Show for Fans of Culture.” New York Sun, April 7, 2005, 17.
Montrasio, Giuliana. ”Chiho Aoshima, Fluctuant Sense.” Mood, February 18, 2005,102-106.
Muchnic, Suzanne. “Mind-bending visions.” Los Angeles Times, October 2, 2005, E34-E35.
Matsui, Midori. “Art SV Cut Up.” Studio Voice (June 2005): 78.
Miyamura, Noriko. “Kiseru x Murakami Takashi: Ongaku to āto de yumemiru mirai(‘Kicell and Takashi Murakami: Dreaming of the Future With Music and Art’).” Switch (June 2005): 96.
Myers, Terry R. “Little Boy Boom.” Modern Painters (April 2005): 54-59.
Nakamura, Ryoko Maria. “Vision of a ‘Superflat’ Future.” Japan Times, April 13, 2005,11.
Noh, David. “Dressing Up Manhattan.” Gay City, May 5-11, 2005, 39.
“Nihon no poppukaruchā wo kenshō (‘investigating Japanese popculture’).” Senkyū Shinbun, April 19, 2005.
“Otaku āto in NY (‘otaku art in NY’).” Marie Claire Japan (June 2005): 44.
Pollack, Barbara. “It’s Da Bomb.” Time Out New York Kids, May-June 2005, 77.
Proctor, Minna.  “Tunnel Vision.”  Art Review (June 2005): 80-85.
Schjeldahl, Peter. “Critic's Notebook: Tokyo Pop.” New Yorker, May 5, 2005.       
Siegel, Katy. “Review: 2004 Carnegie International.” Artforum (January 2005): 175.
Smith, Roberta. “Japan’s Collective Unconscious.”  New York Times, April 8, 2005, B27, B31.
Smith, Roberta. “From a Mushroom Cloud, a Burst of Art Reflecting Japan.” New York Times, April 8, 2005, E33.
Stevens, Mark. “Toxic Cuteness.” New York Magazine, April 18, 2005, 84.
Trainor, James. “2004 Carnegie International.” Frieze, January/February 2005, 109.
Vogel, Carol. “The Murakami Influence.” New York Times, April 6, 2005, E1, 71. 

Castroviejo, Julen Alvarez. “Poku: The Japanese Influence.” LLAPIZ (June 2004): 34-49.
Itoi, Kay. “Report from Tokyo.” ArtNet, August 4, 2004.
Johnson, Ken. “Pittsburgh Rounds Up A Globe Full of Work Made in Novel Ways.” New York Times, November 4, 2004, B1 & B6.
Knight, Christopher. “A Global Cacophony.” Los Angeles Times, December 5, 2004, E39 & E48.
Obregon, Christian. “Chiho Aoshima: La ingenuidad morbida.” Spot, November 2004, 38-39.
Smith, Roberta. “Tokyo Girls Bravo.” New York Times, March 25, 2004, B33.
“T-Junction.” Purple Journal, Fall 2004. 

“Aoshima Chiho.” Bijutsu Techō (February 2002): 28-29.
Bender, Stephan. “Japon, années zero.” Repérages (July/August 2002): 78-9.
Giard, Agnes. “Sex Bomb: Barbie Gore.” NOVA (July/August 2002): 85.
Hiro, Rika. “World Report - Los Angeles.” Bijutsu Techo (May 2002): 182-183.
Mine, Molly. “L’Album de Coloriage.” PARIS (June/July 2002): 76-77.
Mondt, Zoey. “Chiho Aoshima: Blum & Poe, Los Angeles.” Frieze (May 2002): 100.
“La Tete Dans Les Nuages.” Mensuel, May 2002.
Pagel, David. “Trouble Creeps Into Paradise.” Los Angeles Times, February 15, 2002, F32.

Abbe, Mary. “Japanese Youth Culture Explodes in Walker Art Center Show.” Star Tribune, July 20, 2001, F2.
Cooper, Jacqueline. “Superflat.” New Art Examiner, September/October 2001, 58-65.
Darling, Michael. “Plumbing the Depths of Superflatness.” Art Journal (Spring 2001): 76-89.
Frank, Peter. “Cultural Flatland.” Art On Paper (March/April 2001): 22.
Fujitsu, Ryota. “Superflat: Battle of America.” Bijutsu Techo (April 2001): 179-190.
Harvey, Doug. “‘Superflat’ at Museum of Contemporary Art.” Artissues (March/April 2001): 53.
Iannaccone, Carmine. “Superflat.” Frieze (June/August 2001): 114.
Kandel, Susan. “Oops, I Dropped My Dumplings.” Artext, (May/July 2001): 40-45.
Kasahara, Chiaki. “Superflat: Going to America.” Kokoku Hihyo (March 2001): 117-124.
Knight, Christopher. “Flat-Out Profound.” Los Angeles Times, January 16, 2001, F1, F7.
Nakamura, Eric. “Unleashed in the East.” Giant Robot no. 22 (Summer): 26-29, 86.
Nakamura, Eric. “The Year Otaku Broke.” Artext (May/June 2001): 36-39.
Stevens, Lennox. “Superfreaky!: Superflat.” Entertainment Today, March 23-March 29, 2001, 6.
Swartley, Ariel. “For the Pop Culturati, Patterns That Say Tokyo Cool.” New York Times, April 22, 2001, 37.
Wong, Martin. “Superflat.” Artbyte (May-June 2001): 59-63.

Museum and Public Collections

Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA 
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

Graves, Jen. “Big Screen, Big Scream.” The Stranger, July 1, 2015.
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Rian, Jeff. “The World According to Aoshima.” Bing, Winter 2007.
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McCormick, Carlo, “The Unknown Self: Aoshima In, and On, Process.” Whitewall, Winter 2008: cover, 132-147, 153.
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Mondt, Zoey. “Chiho Aoshima.” Frieze, no. 67 (May 2002): 100.
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