Tam Ochiai

  • Installation view from "Itinerary, non?" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2019 ©Tam Ochiai photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • Installation view from "Itinerary, non?" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2019 ©Tam Ochiai photo by Kenji Takahashi
  • january 2018 oil on canvas 163.0 x 117.0 cm ©Tam Ochiai
  • february 2013 acrylic on canvas 163.0 x 117.0 cm ©Tam Ochiai
  • march 2016-18 oil on canvas 218.0 x 165.0 cm ©Tam Ochiai
  • april 2013-18 oil on canvas 228.3 x 193.1 cm ©Tam Ochiai
  • may 2016-18 oil on canvas 229.0 x 193.3 cm ©Tam Ochiai
  • june 2013-18 acrylic, oil on canvas 228.2 x 193.5 cm ©Tam Ochiai
  • july 2013-18 acrylic, oil canvas 228.5 x 193.2 cm ©Tam Ochiai
  • august 2018 oil on canvas 193.2 x 131.3 cm ©Tam Ochiai
  • september 2013- 2018 acrylic ,oil on canvas 228.5 x 193.0 cm ©Tam Ochiai
  • october 2013-18 oil on canvas 228.0 x 193.4 cm ©Tam Ochiai
  • november 2013 acrylic on canvas 228.5 x 193.3 cm ©Tam Ochiai
  • december 2013-18 acrylic ,oil on canvas 228.7 x 193.0 cm ©Tam Ochiai
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  • Installation view from "Meadow Traveler, Madeleine Severin" at Tomio Koyama Gallery Kyoto, 2012
  • L, 2012 bleach on fabric, 193.0 x 132.0 cm, ©Tam Ochiai
  • words, 2012 bleach on fabric, 193.0 x 132.0 cm, ©Tam Ochiai
  • 落合多武 Tam Ochiai radio wave 2012 bleach on fabric 193 x 132 cm © Tam Ochiai
  • installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery Kyoto, 2012-2013 ©Tam Ochiai
  • installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery Kyoto, 2012-2013 ©Tam Ochiai
  • installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery Kyoto, 2012-2013 ©Tam Ochiai
  • 落合多武 Tam Ochiai meadow traveler’s restaurant guide 2012 28 x 21.5 cm, set of 29 pen and marker on paper
  • Installation view from "Yokohama Triennale 2011: Our Magic Hour" at Yokohama Museum of Art, NYK Waterfront Warehouse (BankART Studio NYK), Kanagawa, Japan, 2011
  • Installation view from "Yokohama Triennale 2011: Our Magic Hour" at Yokohama Museum of Art, NYK Waterfront Warehouse (BankART Studio NYK), Kanagawa, Japan, 2011
  • Installation view from "Yokohama Triennale 2011: Our Magic Hour" at Yokohama Museum of Art, NYK Waterfront Warehouse (BankART Studio NYK), Kanagawa, Japan, 2011
  • installation view from [ Yokohama Triennale 2011 ] at Yokohama Museum of Art, 2011 ©Tam Ochiai
  • installation view from [Yokohama Triennale 2011] at Yokohama Museum of Art, 2011 ©Tam Ochiai
  • Installation view from "spies are only revealed when they get caught" at WATARIUM Museum, Tokyo, 2010
  • Installation view from "spies are only revealed when they get caught" at WATARIUM Museum, Tokyo, 2010
  • Installation view from "spies are only revealed when they get caught" at WATARIUM Museum, Tokyo, 2010
  • installation view from [spies are only revealed when they get caugh] at WATARIUM Museum, 2010 ©Tam Ochiai, photo by Fuminari Yoshitsugu
  • Installation view from "spies are only revealed when they get caught" at WATARIUM Museum, Tokyo, 2010
  • Installation view from "spies are only revealed when they get caught" at WATARIUM Museum, Tokyo, 2010
  • installation view from [spies are only revealed when they get caugh] at WATARIUM Museum, 2010 ©Tam Ochiai, photo by Fuminari Yoshitsugu
  • installation view from [spies are only revealed when they get caugh] at WATARIUM Museum, 2010 ©Tam Ochiai, photo by Fuminari Yoshitsugu
  • installation view from scratching, blood or cat carving at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2007 ©Tam Ochiai
  • cat curving, 2007 acrylic, color pencil on canvas, 224.0 x 198.0cm, ©Tam Ochiai
  • installation view from scratching, blood or cat carving at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2007 ©Tam Ochiai
  • Installation view from "scratching, blood or cat carving" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2007
  • cat carving , 2007
 DVD 39'51"
, ©Tam Ochiai
  • red slide, 2007 acrylic, color pencil on canvas, 30.5 x 43.3cm, ©Tam Ochiai
  • installation view from scratching, blood or cat carving at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2007 ©Tam Ochiai
  • castel beraneer, 2007 acrylic, color pencil on canvas, 39.7 x 30.0cm, ©Tam Ochiai
  • 猫 彫刻 cat sculpture, 2007 polyurethane plastic key board, 84.5 x 28.0 x 12.5 cm, ©Tam Ochiai
  • Installation view from "The Door into Summer" at ART TOWER MITO, Mito, Ibaraki, Japan, 2007
  • installation view from The Door into Summer at Art Tower Mito , 2007 ©Tam Ochiai
  • Installation view from "The Door into Summer" at ART TOWER MITO, Mito, Ibaraki, Japan, 2007
  • Installation view from "The Door into Summer" at ART TOWER MITO, Mito, Ibaraki, Japan, 2007
  • Installation view from "The Door into Summer" at ART TOWER MITO, Mito, Ibaraki, Japan, 2007
  • Installation view from "The Door into Summer" at ART TOWER MITO, Mito, Ibaraki, Japan, 2007
  • Installation view from "The Door into Summer" at ART TOWER MITO, Mito, Ibaraki, Japan, 2007
  • installation view at Art Basel Miami Beach , 2004 
©Tam Ochiai
  • flying squirrel, 2004 color pencil and pencil on cardboard, 37.0 x 13.5cm, ©Tam Ochiai
  • a tangled tale, 2004 acrylic, color pencil and pencil on canvas, 188.5 x 127.0cm, ©Tam Ochiai
  • Skink (ski wheff), 2004 acrylic on canvas, 152.4 x 208.3cm, ©Tam Ochiai
  • Free #4 (8 pieces), 2004 acrylic, color pencil and pencil on canvas, variety sizes, ©Tam Ochiai
  • installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 2004 ©Tam Ochiai
  • bee, 2001 acrylic, color pencil and pencil on canvas, 177.8 x 218.5cm, ©Tam Ochiai
  • cosimo, 2001 acrylic and color pencil on canvas, 203.2 x 152.4cm, ©Tam Ochiai
  • It's going to rain, 2001 acrylic, color pencil and pencil on canvas, 163.0 x 143.0cm, ©Tam Ochiai
  • claudine, 2000 acrylic, color pencil and pencil on paper, 56.7 x 38.5cm, ©Tam Ochiai
  • Beige Ponce Dress Madeleine, 1999 acrylic and pencil on canvas, 30.5 x 23.0cm, ©Tam Ochiai
  • installation view from "Madeleine" at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 1999 ©Tam Ochiai
  • heaven can wait, 1997 acrylic and pencil on canvas, 111.5 x 76.5cm, ©Tam Ochiai
  • installation view at Tomio Koyama Gallery, 1997 ©Tam Ochiai
  • Installation view from "Yokohama Triennale 2011: Our Magic Hour" at Yokohama Museum of Art, NYK Waterfront Warehouse (BankART Studio NYK), Kanagawa, Japan, 2011

Tam Ochiai was born in Yokohama, Kanagawa in 1967. He moved to the United States in 1990 after graduating from Wako University, and completed his M.A in New York University in 1993. He currently lives and works in New York.

His major exhibitions include, “Criterium 16: Tam Ochiai ‘Shopping bags’” (Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan, 1995); “MOT Annual: Fiction? Painting in the Age of the Virtual” (Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan, 2002), “Flashback” (Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany, 2005); “The Door into Summer –The Age of Micropop” (Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan, 2006); “Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art” (Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo [touring Japanisches Kulturinstitut, Cologne, 2009, and numerous other venues]; “spies are only revealed when they get caught” (WATARIUM Museum, Tokyo, Japan, 2010); and “Yokohama Triennale 2011: Our Magic Hour” (Yokohama Museum of Art, NYK Waterfront Warehouse [BankART Studio NYK], Kanagawa, Japan). For the 2016 exhibition re wild(e) (ARATANIURANO, Tokyo), Ochiai engaged in new attempts such as his work with film director Hiroyuki Oki in which the two collaborate in the production of drawings, video, and onsite three-dimensional works. The “Ashtray Sculptures” presented at this exhibition were also featured in his 2017 solo show Tarragon, Like a Cat’s Belly at Team Gallery in New York, attracting much attention. In recent years he has been involved in Anne Eastman’s artist-in-residence program at the Troedsson Villa in Nikko, thus continuing to engage in experimental artistic practices with artists from both Japan and overseas.

Ochiai’s works are housed in the collections of The National Museum of Art, Osaka, The Japan Foundation, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Deutsche Bank, and the Takahashi Collection.

Solo exhibitions

2019 "Chopin, Op. 97" Tetsuo's Garage, Nikko, Tochigi, Japan
“Itinerary, non?” Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2017 "Tarragon, Like a Cat’s Belly" Team Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2015 "Everyone Has Two Places" Team gallery, New York, NY, USA
2012 "Meadow Traveler, Madeleine Severin" Tomio Koyama Gallery Kyoto, Japan
2010 "spies are only revealed when they get caught" WATARIUM Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2008 "Tiam O'Shian IV" Team Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2007 "scratching, blood or cat carving" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2006 "occhialli & libreli" Arndt & Partner Zurich, Switzerland
2005 Galerie Lisa Ruyter, Vienna, Austria
"tail (exercises in punctuation)" Team Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2004 Galeria Francesca Kaufmann, Milano, Italy
"mystery of tail" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
"maroon drawing" Aoi Gallery, Osaka, Japan
2001 "Installation No.8" Dorothee De Pauw Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
"august" Team Gallery, New York, NY, USA
"foreskir" Ardnt and Partner, Berlin, Germany
2000 "inavgurazione" Galleria Francesca Kaufmann, Milano, Italy
Team Gallery, New York, NY, USA
1999 "Madeleine" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1997 Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Team Gallery, New York, NY, USA
1996 Jose Freire Fine Art, New York, NY, USA
1995 Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Ibaragi, Japan
1993 Jose Freire Fine Art, Project Room, New York, NY, USA
Washington 80 Galleries, New York, NY, USA

Group exhibitions

2019 "Weavers of Worlds - A Century of Flux in Japanese Modern / Contemporary Art" Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan
2018 “Clues for Art Appreciation” Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan
"Collection 2: The 1980s Zeitgeist as a Point of Departure" The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
"troedsson villa mountain school" In and around Troedsson Villa, Nikko, Japan
"The Myriad Forms of Visual Art: 196 Works with 19 Themes" The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
"Takahashi Collection Face and Abstraction" Kiyoharu Art Colony, Yamanashi, Japan
2017 "Satellite TV" Tetsuo's Garage, Tochigi, Japan
"Group exhibition" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2016 "Troedsson Villa Mountain School" Troedsson Villa, Tochigi, Japan
"Troedsson Villa Mountain School" Statements, Tokyo, Japan
"On Empathy" BRIDGET DONAHUE, New York, NY, USA
"Tam Ochiai x Hiroyuki Oki "re wild(e)" ARATANIURANO, Tokyo, Japan
2015 "For Troedsson Villa" Troedsson Villa, Tochigi, Japan
2014 "MOT Collection Part1: Postwar Art in Close-up" The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan
"Group exhibition by Tomio Koyama Gallery" TOLOT/heuristic SHINONOME, Tokyo, Japan
"Twentieth Anniversary Special MOT Collection Chronicle 1995" Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan
2013 "Collection" The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
"Wonderful My Art" Kawaguchiko Museum of Art, Yamanashi, Japan
"Takahashi Collection, Mindfulness!" Kirishima Open-Air Museum, Kagoshima, Japan [touring Sapporo Art Museum, Hokkaido, Japan]
2012 "Fuyu no Tabi" Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
"for missing O 'KYTO'" TKG Editions Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
2011 "MOT Collection/ Silent narrator: on plural stories" Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Collection Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
"Yokohama Triennale 2011: Our Magic Hour" Yokohama Museum of Art, NYK Waterfront Warehouse (BankART Studio NYK), Kanagawa, Japan
2009 "Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art" curated by Midori Matsui, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo [touring Japanisches Kulturinstitut, Cologne, 2009/ The Japan Foundation, Tronto, 2010/ Galeri'a Arnold Belkin, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, 2011]
2007 "The Door into Summer" ART TOWER MITO, Mito, Ibaraki, Japan
2006 "10th Anniversary" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2005 "Flashback" Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
"25 Years Deutsche Bank Collection" Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany
"Honeymoon with Romeo" Groeflin Maag Galerie, Basel, Switzerland
"Works on Paper" Arndt & Partner, Berlin, Germany
2004 "Yoshitomo Nara, Tam Ochiai, Hiroshi Sugito: New Prints" Space Force, Tokyo, Japan
"New Generation Heavenly Creatures" Galerie Thaddaeus Ropas, Salzburg, Austria
"The Rose Garden Without Thorns" Galerie Lisa Ruyter, Vienna, Austria
"Repulsion" Illinois State University, Normal, IL, USA
2003 "Opening Exhibition" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
"Japan: Rising" Palm Beach ICA, Miami, FL, USA
"Pop Jack" Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO, USA
2002 "Fiction? Painting in the Age of the Virtual" Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
2001 "The Place of Happiness" Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
"Jap in a box" Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK
"E/Motion Studies" Queens Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA
"Superimposition" Caren Golden Fine Art, New York, NY, USA
2000 "Dark mirrors from Japan" De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo, Japan
"Portrait" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
"Tectonic" La Panaderia, Mexico City, Mexico
"The Nocturnal Dream Show" Pat Hearn Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Lidmar Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden
1999 "Tam Ochiai/ Steven Parrino" Team Gallery, New York, NY, USA
"VOCA '99" The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan
"The Bastard Kids of Drella, Part 9" Le Consortium, Dijon, France
"Soap" Gallery Zero, Osaka, Japan
"On Paper" Stalke Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
"Spiral TV" Spiral Garden, Tokyo, Japan
1998 "Remix" Team Gallery, New York, NY, USA
"Sassy Nugetts" A-1 Artspace, Knoxville, TN, USA
1997 "Gallery Artists" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1996 "Benefit" White Colums, New York, NY, USA
1995 "M & M" Jose Freire Fine Art, New York, NY, USA
1994 "For Collections" New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ, USA

Public collections

Deutsche Bank
The Japan Foundation
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
The National Museum of Art, Osaka
Takahashi Collection

Books

The Age of Micropop: The New Generation of Japanese Artists / Midori Matsui / PARCO 2007
tail tale Tam Ochiai / Little More 2004