Record numbers turn out for Tokyo International Art Fair 2019

12th July 2019: Belle Salle Roppongi was teeming with talented artists, leading galleries and appreciative art lovers in their thousands as the city of Tokyo played host to the 5th annual Tokyo International Art Fair.

The two day art fair, one of the highlights of the city’s cultural calendar, featured work created by leading artists from around the world including Ron English, Cho, Hui-Chin, High Art Gallery and Araki Nobuyoshi. Artists and visitors alike declared it a huge success, with record numbers turning out to show, enjoy and buy art.

More than 100 exhibitors from 23 countries travelled to Tokyo to take part in the largest free to attend showcase of contemporary art seen in the city.  Paintings, sculpture, photography, illustrations, jewellery and bespoke crafts transformed the setting into a sea of colours, as the aisles buzzed with excitement as visitors chatted to the artists and snapped up unique works.

Trade was brisk, with artists and galleries reporting strong sales throughout the event, as Tokyo International Art Fair director and curator Joëlle Dinnage explains. “It was the fifth time that I and my colleagues from the Global Art Agency travelled to Tokyo to host the art fair and this year surpassed all our expectations,” she says.

“I can honestly say that it was one of the busiest, most vibrant art fairs we have ever organised anywhere in the world, with an incredible atmosphere on both days. The excitement was palpable.

“Wherever I looked, I saw artists, surrounded by enthralled visitors, talking passionately about their work. We were totally bowled over by the level of talent on display, something which made judging the Tokyo International Art Fair Awards on the second day harder than ever.  Finally, we did select our winners1 and I warmly congratulate them, though everyone who took part was worthy of praise,” she says.


1) Harry Arling (Netherlands) middle

2) Jiro Shimizu (Austria) left

3) Tunikov (Russia) right


The organisers’ enthusiasm was matched by the artists present, who were quick to share their appreciation for the event.  

“It was a great opportunity to be a part of the show. I was able to meet an incredible amount of extremely talented artists as well as gallery representatives from all around the country and the world. I can’t thank you enough. I know that being part of such a high calibre event is going to be a major part of my success story,” says American artist Johnny, the “The Spilt Ink”, who resides in Tokyo.

“I too had a great time at the Tokyo International Art Fair,” says Dutch artist Stephan van Riezen. “I sold a few paintings, but most importantly, I met amazing people. I’m in love with Tokyo now, something which is giving me great inspiration.”  

"Tokyo was great and so was the art fair,” adds painter Rima Chahine. “I sold all of my paintings, so I am very happy with the results.  The atmosphere of the opening night and the second day was stunning and captivating. I made many friends, both artists and collectors, and met buyers and potential buyers.”

Dates for the sixth Tokyo International Art Fair are beginning of June 2020, applications to participate will open shortly, but in the meantime, artists and galleries can register their interest for next year’s event by going to

More information about the event can be found at 


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Note to editors:

Details of the winners of the Tokyo International Art Fair Awards 2019 can be found here.

Second Tokyo International Art Fair brings famous names to Omotesando Hills

Building on the success of the first edition - the Global Art Agency are busy organising the second Tokyo International Art Fair for 13 & 14 May 2016 at an amazing new venue "Omotesando Hills" which is located in Aoyama, sometimes termed "Tokyo's Champs-Élysées". 

More than 150 exhibitors from over 30 countries will be filling the Space-O hall at the Omotesando Hills venue with an incredible display of contemporary art and thousands of artworks for sale. 

Organisers Joëlle Dinnage and her business partner Natal Vallvé from the Global Art Agency are making the fantastic (free) two-day art extravaganza a versatile art happening for the locals of Tokyo. A huge variety of artworks, offering every visitor something to suit their style, all in an affordable price-range to buy and to take home on the day.

Satoshi Maruhashi who is part of the organisation says: "I am extremely happy with the new venue, it will be another spectacle."

On show will be paintings, sculptures, photography art, illustrations, printmaking, and jewellery, with a live painting and music show at the event.

“Almost 6000 people visited the event last year, connections were made, and great sales happened, so everyone was extremely satisfied. There was no doubt to organise a second edition, and we have worked very hard to get a brilliant new venue in one of Tokyo's hotspots attracting art aficionado's from all over the world." said organiser Joëlle Dinnage.

"We have new talent exhibiting this year as well as some known names that exhibited last year, and of course there are the famous names such as Mr Brainwash who will showing, as well as Shane Bowden - also known as the Andy Warhol on steroids - who did very well last year."


Laura Jordan (UK), Canal Cheong-Jagerroos (Finland), Svetlana Sintseva (Belgium), Hayat Saidi (Morocco), Hiba Sultan (Saudi Arabia), Sophia Shiyan (Russia), Li Wei Chen (Taiwan), Kaze Gallery (Japan), STYLO (Thailand), Mark James Ford (Germany), Loryn Kolbrenner (USA), Suzi Fadel Nassif (UAE), Thomas John Taylor (USA), Franco The Creator (USA), Shane Bowden (Australia), Mr Brainwash (France), New York Art Gallery (Japan), Krystal Glam Art Gallery (Japan), and many more... Also Michael Lam (NYC) who creates single stroke paintings based on his calligraphy skill. Lam has received awards and recognition for his work all over the world and worked to support UNICEF for children. 

The fair opens on Friday 13th May with a private view and vernissage for invitees only starting at 18.00pm to 21.00pm (limited tickets are also available to purchase online).

On Saturday 14th May the art fair is open to the public from 11.00am to 19.00pm with the Global Art Awards happening at 18.00pm that day announcing the best Artist of the fair. Prebook tickets here.

Tickets to the Tokyo International Art Fair 2016 are free and can be booked online by going to their website The event takes place from Friday 13th May to Saturday 14th May 2016 at OMOTESANDO HILLS - MAIN BUILDING B3F SPACE O, 4-12-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001 JAPAN.

For more information about the event and to visit please visit

Participating as an Exhibitor:

The Tokyo International Art Fair are now in the final stage of curating and selection process. They are inviting the outstanding artists to apply online