News from the Studio! Last up date: March 25th, 2024

Oscar Oiwa Light Shop solo exhibition

Takashimaya, Kyoto Tsutaya Books, 5F Exhibition Space. Date: April 25 (Thursday) - May 15 (Wednesday), 2024.
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Left: 'Light Shop Paris', 2023, oil on canvas 61 x 76cm. Right: 'Light Shop 3', 2023, oil on canvas 122 x 148cm

Oscar Oiwa Oil Octopus in the era of turbulent currents solo exhibition

Hikarie Cube Gallery, Tokyo. Date: April 27th to May 12th, 2024! For exhibition content click here.
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Image: 'Hells Kitchen 5', 2023 oil on canvas 101.5 x 137.7 cm.

The Journey of
Light Rabbit and Shadow Cat

Long ago, on a day when I arrived at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, I witnessed hundreds of wild rabbits scattered around the landing runway. It was sunset, and the horizontal light made the scene mesmerizing. As the rabbits leaped from the shadowed runway, they transformed into bright figures. This event served as inspiration for me to create a rabbit that symbolizes light. During that period, I lived in downtown Tokyo, where numerous stray cats roamed the neighborhood. As darkness fell, the cats moved silently along the walls that separated the houses. These cats became the muse for my creation of the shadow cat representing the absence of light. 'Light Rabbit and Shadow Cat' is a set of characters embodying the concept of light and shadow a timeless theme in the world of painting.

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'Shadow Cat meet with Light Rabbit', 1998, oil on canvas, 227 x 222 cm, 90 x 88".

Group exhibition Sailing for Hope
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Image: Silent Ocean, 2011, oil on canvas, 227 x 333 cm / 90 x 132 inches.

Solo exhibition If I were Living GURYONGPO ART FACTORY, South Korea.

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2023 Keelung Ciao
Date: 2023.09.28 - 2023.10.15. Place: Zhengbin Fishing Port, Keelung City, Taiwan.
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Group exhibition LATIND IN SEOUL

Oscar Oiwa, Wifredo Lam, Carmen Herrera, Danielle de Jesus, Asuka Anastacia Ogawa, Angel Otero, Gala Porras-Kim.

Date: August 25-September 24, 2023. Location: TCC Ltd. 39-11 Itaewon-ro 27-gil Yongsan-Gu, Seoul, South Korea
Presented by TCC, the inaugural exhibition LATIND IN SEOUL redefines boundaries as it unites multi-generational artists of the Latin Diaspora in Seoul..
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Ichihara Lakeside Museum group show
Address: 75-1 Funyu, Ichihara-shi, Chiba. Date: July 15- September 24, 2023
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Video produced by Art-ist, New York. Music: Leo.


Solo exhibition at
40 Wooster Street, New York,
June 8 - July 16, 2023
Opening Reception:Thursday, June 8, 6 -8pm (RSVP)

After being exhibited in Paris and Tokyo, Zeus arrives in New York!

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Picture book Art for the First Time publishing and works on paper exhibition at Gallery Caption, Gifu.
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Echoes from New York exhibition at LURF Museum, Tokyo.
Oscar Oiwa, Ai Makita, Chie Shimizu, Firoz Mahmud and Sao Tanaka.

Group exhibition with artists previously based in Tokyo and now working in New York.
Supported by U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. Date: May 3rd - June 12t, 2023.
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To live in New York is the dream of many people. For contemporary artists, the art market inside of Japan is very limited and many artists wish to work inside a more competitive and international environment, a place where the possibilities are infinite. For this exhibition, we chose five artists living in New York. They moved to the city in different periods and in different ways, some receiving fellowships while others came to study and continued to live here after graduating. Being an artist living overseas is a very risky life because they do not have any protection from a company or institution. But they move forward, fight, survive and create new things. The artworks selected for this exhibition are pieces focusing on a more narrative subject and use traditional materials such as oil painting or acrylic. Some artists have an extensive career in Japan, and some others, despite a long career developed in the US, are completely unknown in Japan.(the Organizer)

My Ring solo exhibition at ART FRONT Gallery, Tokyo.
Date: April 21 to May 28, 2023.

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Throughout my adult life, I have dedicated myself to creating artistic works. Each artwork represents a particular
theme or idea that has inspired me, whether personal or related to broader social issues. As I've continued to
create over the years, each work contributes to the gradual construction of my own visual world. Looking around me,
I see this world that I have created - a rich tapestry of images and ideas woven together in a continuous ring.


Ring Clip, 2023, digital animation, 32 seconds, 22.5 fps. Music: Leo. On sales as NFT.

Light Rabbit x Shadow Cat new Silkscreen prints on sales!


Picture book Art for the First Time, published by Case Publishing,Tokyo.

Japanese version on sales now! For shopping click here. English version coming soon!

Light Rabbit at Taiwan Lantern Festival 2023
Location: Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Station Exit 1, Taipei.
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Light Rabbit (night and day view), 2023, mixed media, 6 (height) x 10 (length) x 7 (width) meter

Video produced by Art-ist, New York.Music: Leo.

Solo exhibition
If I were Living in...

Keumsan Gallery, Seoul
B-103, Namsan Platinum,
46, Sogong-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
Date: 2022.8.29-10.30
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KIAF 2022
Korea International Art Fair
COEX 1F, Hall A&B
Date: 2022.9.3-5
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Touring exhibition to
Guryongpo Art Factory
22, Byeongpo-gil, Guryongpo-eup,
Nam-gu, Pohang-si,
Gyeongsangbuk-do, Korea.
Date: January to March, 2023.

Ogijima Pavilion, a collaboration work with Japanese architect Shigeru Ban for Setouchi Trienalle 2022 (Open August 5th 2022)!

About the Setouchi Triennale. About the Ogijima Pavilion project

The National Museum of Art, Osaka link

My Meta Studio

Solo exhibition at
Mizuma & Kips Gallery
324 Grand Street, New York
March 5th to April 3rd 2022

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If I were living in ...

How would my life look if I was
born in a different time period
and in a different place?

Solo exhibition at NOWHERE
40 Wooster Street, New York.
Date: February 24th to April 3rd, 2022

Special collaboration with
musician Zé Luis.

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My Studio in São Paulo (1956)

Video produced by Art-ist, New York.Music: Leo.

Shadow Cat Meets Light Rabbit digital project

Shadow Cat and Light Rabbit came to being
for the first time in 1996, when the artist
was living in London as part of the
Artist in Residence Program sponsored by
the Delfina Studio Trust.The rabbit
and the cat represent opposite
but complementary realities-- for
example day and night, peace and war
and light and dark.

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Digital drawings(NFTs) on sales now !
Bybit official NFT marketplace!


MOT - Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

Oscar Oiwa special exhibition inside of Permanent Collection Section. Date: July 7th to February 23rd 2022.

“Zeus, the god of Olympia”, 2019, marker pen and charcoal on paper, 3 x 6,7 meters Museum link

Keumsan Gallery link


Commission work for JICA Yokohama

Currently open for the public, for further information click here

Oku-Noto Triennale 2020+

A foremost art festival at the furthest edge of the world. Date: September 4th to October 24th, 2021.

“Flower Pot” installation at former Shoin train station, Suzu. Event link

Nagano Prefectural Art Museum link

Commission work for Kadokawa Culture Museum, Saitama

“The Sun and 10 Goblins”, 2020, drawing on paper 3,0 x 6,7 meters

On view until October 2021! Address: 3 Chome-31-3 Higashitokorozawawada, Tokorozawa, Saitama 359-0023, Japan Museum link

MOMAT- The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Highlights from the Collection. Date: March 23rd to May 16th, 2021.

Painting “Gardening (Manhattan)” (2002) on view. Museum link

The Japan Foundation presents

Beyond the Lines:
Oscar OIWA

The spread of Covid-19 had a heavy impact on society worldwide, and contact between individuals has been greatly curtailed to contain the pandemic. Art museums around Japan have been affected by the situation, with institutions being forced to close their doors, and many exhibitions having to be canceled or postponed. Despite these circumstances, artists are still actively producing and exhibiting. The Japan Foundation (JF) is organizing an online exhibition by six such artists to present their new works, along with interviews, to give viewers at home the opportunity to discover and enjoy their art.

Video produced by Cekai, Tokyo.

Solo exhibition at Artfront Gallery ,Tokyo

Quarantine drawing series

Date: 2021.Feb.5 (Fri) - Mar.7(Sun).Address: Hillside Terrace A, 29-18 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Gallery link

Solo exhibition at Nomart Gallery, Osaka

Quarantine drawing series

Date: 2021.Feb.20(Sat) - Mar.27(Sat). Address: 3-5-22, Nagata, Joto-ku, Osaka Gallery link

Commission work for JICA

Japan International Cooperation Agency, Japanese Overseas Migration Museum, Yokohama.

On view in March 2021

Address: 2 Chome-3-1 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa.Museum link

Talk with singer
Lisa Ono

Moderator Rei Maeda

Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2021

February 11th , 2021.

Time Shipper, Shanghai

2020, mixed media and landscape design. Yangpu Riverside Park.

Commission work for Yangpu District and Shanghai City as part of 2019 Shanghai Urban Space Art Season Free access

The Dreams of a Sleeping World solo exhibition, Los Angeles

USC PAM - University of Southern California, Pacific Asia Museum.
Date: January 10th to April 26th, 2020. For information click here .

CBS news(Los Angeles), January 10th, 2020.