Installation view from “Cherubino” at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2013 ©Satoshi Hirose photo by Kenji Takahashi


Satoshi Hirose was born in Tokyo in 1963. After graduating from Tama Art University in 1989 and then completing a degree at Milan’s Brera Academy of Fine Arts in 1997, he is now based in Tokyo and Milan. He elaborates on the trans-cultural experience in his artistic visualizations, which use every-day materials to evoke sensations of clarity and floating. Major group exhibitions include ‘Lemon Project 03’ (1997, The Ginza Art Space, Tokyo), and ‘2001’ (2000, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art). Other solo exhibitions include last year’s ‘Mixed Bathing World 2012’, and this year a new show at Arts Maebashi, ‘Your Sky, My Sky: Sky Project for Arts Maebashi’ which is currently on display. The theme of this exhibition is ‘Travel’. The title Cherubino is an Italian word for cherubim, an angel moves around the heaven and the earth freely. Living in Milan for many years, as well as often travelling the world, has led Hirose to see the sky as something like a mirror reflecting the everyday, which can be looked up to from wherever one is. The exhibition comprises the photographic works ‘Sky Series’ and ‘Night Series’, the latter of which will be shown for the first time. They will be exhibited together with sculptural works including ‘BLUE BOX’ in which a vision of the sky is seemingly crystallized, ‘Bean Cosmos’ which might be termed a microcosm of the universe, and the work ‘Pozzuo del Mondo’ made using black stone. In this exhibition, as in travelling, even the ‘everyday’ may be rediscovered as a new mode of being.

Artist Profile

Satoshi Hirose

Satoshi Hirose was born in 1963 in Tokyo. He graduated from Tama Art University in 1989 and two years later he received an Italian government scholarship and moved to Italy. In 1996-97, he stayed in Italy under POLA Art Foundation Grants Program. He then completed a degree at Milan’s Brera Academy of Fine Arts in 1997, and studied in New York under Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists provided by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2008-09. He is currently based in Milan and Tokyo.
His major solo exhibitions include “Lemon Project 03” (The Ginza Art Space, Tokyo, 1997), “Paradiso- Criterium 34” (Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan, 1998), “2001” (Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, 2000), and in more recent years “Heteronym” (Galleria Umberto Di Marino, Napoli, 2015), and “Vis à Vis Flâneur – SATOSHI HIROSE” (Fondazione Molise Cultura, Campobasso, Italy, 2016).

He has presented work in numerous group exhibitions including “Neo Tokyo” (Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2001), and “Beppu Contemporary Art Festival 2012: Mixed Bathing World” (Beppu City, Oita, Japan, 2012), as well as a commission “Your Sky, My Sky: sky project for Arts Maebashi” Arts Maebashi, Gunma, Japan (2013). He has held five solo exhibitions at Tomio Koyama Gallery in 2000, 2005, 2008, 2009, ad 2013. Hirose also has worked on commissions in collaboration with companies.This July, he is creating an artwork in the new building of PeptiDream, a pharmaceutical company that pursues drug development.