Hiroki Tsukuda (b. 1978, Kagawa, Japan)
Hiroki Tsukuda was born in 1978 in Kagawa, Japan. He graduated from the Department of Imaging Arts & Sciences at Musashino Art University in 2001. Tsukuda lives and works in Tokyo.
The artist’s drawings and digital collage explore the turbulent, futuristic cityscapes of his imaginings. Created with meticulous detail, these intricate, monochromatic works illustrate collapsed spaces, in which mechanized worlds merge with sci-fi mythos in states of controlled chaos and organic mutation. Similarly, Tsukuda creates installation works out of raw industrial material, flora, and found objects that transpire directly from the artist’s drawings.
Tsukuda’s has mounted solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, Gunma (2019); Capitain Petzel (2018); Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany (2017); and Nanzuka, Tokyo (2014), among others. He has been included in group exhibitions at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2019); Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2019); Jack Hanley Gallery, New York (2016); and Brandenburgischer Kunstverein Postdam e.V., Potsdam (2015), among others.
“Technically speaking, my works are not completely monochromatic, in fact the paper I use is quite yellowish, including some colors such as silver and brown. I am assuming that they are colored paintings, yet I am eliminating the colorfulness from my works since it would then become an obstacle to the pursuit of the shapes.”
2007 First solo exhibition at Nanzuka Gallery, Tokyo
2009 Awarded the Bacon Prize at Art Fair Tokyo
2010 First group institutional exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art Gunma
2011 Solo exhibition at Ten Haaf Projects in The Netherlands
2015 Participates in a residency in Berlin curated by Nanzuka
2016 First solo exhibition with Petzel Gallery in New York
2017 Hour of Excavation, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen
2019 First solo institutional exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, titled Monolog in the Doom
Included in the group exhibition, Roppongi Crossing, at Mori Art Museum in Tokyo
2020 They Live opens at Petzel Gallery
Installation view, They Live, Petzel Gallery, New York, 2020
Installation view, Hiroki Tsukuda: Roppongi Crossing, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2019
Installation view, Monolog in the Doom, Musuem of Modern Art, Gunma, 2019
Installation view, Hiroki Tsukuda: Hour of Excavation, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, 2017
Installation view, Enter the O, Petzel Gallery, 2016
Installation view, New drawings, some journey and some memories, Ten Haaf Projects, 2011
Installation view, Visionary Sensibility, Nanzuka, 2007