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The count-down is on for Tokyo's most vibrant art event this year


Expect over 100 exhibitors to take over Belle Salle Roppongi for the 5th Edition of Tokyo's must-see art event!


07-08 JUNE 2019 | 2019年6月7日-8日

“Ice Cream” by Ron English

“Ice Cream” by Ron English

Ron English's POPaganda is one of the headliners of the 5th edition of the Tokyo International Art Fair 2019. English's Cereal Killers and other characters from his renowned POPaganda art will be bursting onto the Toyko art scene next month when one of the world's most prolific and recognisable artists takes centre stage at the Tokyo International Art Fair.

English, famous for his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, joins other leading artists and galleries from around the globe making for the fifth edition of the city's must-see art event.

Set in the stunning Belle Salle Roppongi, just a stone's throw from the Mori Art Museum, the Tokyo International Art Fair brings together under one roof some of the most exciting and challenging artwork ever seen in the city.


More than 100 artists and galleries will take part, transforming Tokyo's artistic landscape. Art collectors and enthusiasts alike will get a one-off opportunity to view the wide range of art on show, talk to the artists to learn what inspired them and buy unique art for their home, workspace or garden. They can also enjoy an exclusive preview by attending a champagne private view when the art fair opens its doors on the evening of Friday 7th June.


Paintings, sculpture, photography, illustrations, jewellery and bespoke crafts created using a wealth of different media and techniques are just some of the artworks at the two day event, with each artist carefully selected for the calibre, style and individuality of their work.

In launching the fifth edition of the hugely successful Tokyo International Art Fair, Joëlle Dinnage of the award-winning Global Art Agency says, "This year's event will be a highlight on the vibrant Tokyo art scene, bringing a spectacular collection of contemporary work from established as well as emerging artists from across the globe – exhibitors from over 23 countries including many from Europe and Asia. I am thrilled to see a lot of Pop Art style work this year, which I am sure the local people will also be excited with.

Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst

“Gato Samuray” by TOT (Colombia) represented by HighArtGallery (Japan)

“Gato Samuray” by TOT (Colombia) represented by HighArtGallery (Japan)

"Big names, among them Ron English represented by APPortfolio (China), Cho, Hui-Chin (Taiwan), Gallery 21 (Japan), Damien Hirst represented by Dutch Curator and many more, will be there, so the quality and the sheer diversity of the work on show will be outstanding. We want to fill the city with colour and get everyone talking about and buying art. The event will inspire and enrich everyone who steps foot through the door."

Alongside the art on show, the fair will feature live painting, also live music by DJ ‘Katsuya Everywhere’, expect Geisha’s to pour champagne on the opening evening, and there is the chance for every visitor to attend the Global Art Awards Ceremony on Saturday 8th June. The culmination of the event, the Global Art Awards recognise and acknowledge the hard work of all artists and galleries taking part, singling out one overall winner and two runners-up for particular praise.

In the meantime, Dinnage and her team has picked out her personal selection for must-see work this year:

Padi Faraji

Padi Faraji

Padi Faraji

An abstract artist originally from Iran now based in Japan, Faraji takes her inspiration from nature, in particular the ocean. Designs, colours and textures of layers upon layers with dramatic movements often play out in her works. Paint is not just a colouring material; by applying paint layer by layer, the artist creates a sculptural expression.

Harry Arling

Dutch artist Arling creates Kosmotronics, works of art made from plastic waste. It's the Art of Alchemy, where the discarded, unwanted and waste of a consumer society is transformed into the dreams of the child in us all, in the fantastical and beautiful. Colour lifts the spirit and detail delights the eye. The mechanical whimsical; the joyous unreal made solid.

Cho, Hui-Chin

Cho, Hui-Chin

Cho, Hui-Chin

A resist-destiny female artist from Taiwan suffering from the distorted world who enjoys creating distorted artworks. Her grotesque yet serene artworks explore the existence between life and death, investigate the darkest humanities and reveal the fetish. She works across painting and sculpture and with deeply symbolic materials, explaining their association with "life once lived".

Jatin Khan

Jatin Khan

Jatin Khan

Khan's (India) art focuses on the fundamental commonality of all humanity, specifically emotion, evolution and ascension. It simultaneously aims to transcend all concepts of regionalism, stereotype herd culture and societal programming, with a unique unrepeatable quality. Each work is a different experience in itself aimed at evoking pure emotion, carrying its own unique energy signature.


The Indonesian artist's work is a continuous tour between our inner landscape towards our idea of “light”, our very nature of existence in this present universe. It’s about the portrayal of your own ‘bigger’ or higher self, God according to your own image, across the portal, digging through dimensions. Surrounded with ice, maybe water, a spectrum of colours not yet known to earth standing beyond him, the one who always guides him, his own future self.

Alexander Yaya, Crisolart Galleries (Barcelona, Spain)

A prominent representative of the so-called “highbrow” art movement, largely focused on figurative and abstract sculpture and painting, Yaya's works are distinguished by organic forms and spectacular colours that create a harmonious balance between nature and human. The artist is prone to decorativeness; his works work equally well as monumental graffiti on the wall of a house or a stylish fabric print.

Michele Righetti

Singapore-based painter and sculptor Michele Righetti is an incisive contemporary thinker of art able to master inter-disciplinary techniques and styles through paintings, sculpture and graphics. A unique and fascinating imaginary world is celebrated through artworks telling stories deeply rooted within life experiences, memories, culture and fascination for nature elements.

Ron English, APPortfolio, China

One of the most prolific and recognisable artists alive today, Ron English has bombed the global landscape with unforgettable images, on the street, in museums, in movies, books and TV. He coined the term POPaganda to describe his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, from superhero mythology to totems of art history, populated with his vast and constantly growing arsenal of original characters.

Araki Nobuyoshi

The 3D sculpture is a handmade, hand-painted ceramic based on Araki’s childlike drawing in his publication Dotei Datcho-Kun, 1995. The elephant artwork DELON KUN presents a symbol of a man, showing when several men compete to win the best woman first. However, they are so fiercely competitive that they cannot move together and finally all fail and show a state of sagging, just like human sexuality and physiology.

Andrei Tunikov

Striving to convey dynamics and character through plastics, Tunikov turned to the image of birds and discovered an amazing world of their feelings and emotions. His choice is migratory birds forced to move around in search of warm places for hunting and propagation. The artist emphasises and expresses this life path full of discoveries, challenges and victories, reflecting the details of anatomical and physical resemblance to life.

The Tokyo International Art Fair takes place on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th June 2019.

Dates & Times:
Friday 7th June 2019, 18.00 - 21.00 - Opening - private view by invitation & ticket only. Including Champagne Reception, Private View and Vernissage sponsored by Wall Street Journal and DJ Katsuya Everywhere. Tickets available here

Saturday 8th June 2019, 11.00 - 18.00 - Open to the public, free entrance.

Live painting and the Global Art Awards Ceremony at 17.00. Pre-book tickets here



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Araki Nobuyoshi | Japan

Araki Nobuyoshi | Japan

TIAF 2017 REVIEW - Tokyo International Art Fair 2017, Hikarie, Shibuya.

More than 6000 art aficionados were eager to enter through the doors of Hikarie Hall over the weekend (Friday 26th and Saturday 27th May 2017) as Tokyo city hosted the third Tokyo International Art Fair organised by the Global Art Agency (GAA Ltd).

Hikarie Hall was arranged to perfection with over 150 artist and gallery stands from over 30 countries from around the world. The atmosphere was charged with positive vibes as visitors took in the wide range of original art available and took pieces they had purchased home.

Visitors were sipping away on Bombay Sapphire Cocktails sponsored by Bacardi Japan, whilst looking around to invest into a piece of original art.

Exhibitor Sabet from California who sold one of his original paintings "Snow Monkey" for a substantial price of $ 12,000. Was back again this year and performed some live painting sessions to the crowd of Tokyo. He said: "It has been yet again amazing and I'll forever be grateful to the GAA team! Cannot wait till next year!"

Exhibitor Victoriano said: "Tokyo International Art Fair 2017 has been an amazing experience, It was the first time I shown part of my new CMYK collection so I wasn't sure what to expect, but was overwhelmed by all the nice comments, and I sold my 2 star pieces. All in all a great event, thanks GAA team!"

The weekend culminated in the announcement on Saturday afternoon of the winner of the "Best Tokyo International Art Fair Artist" in by both the panel of judges and members of the public.

From left to right: LOC, Mr Vallve, Ms Dinnage, Ben Mori, Mr Maruhashi, Shinichi Tashiro.

From left to right: LOC, Mr Vallve, Ms Dinnage, Ben Mori, Mr Maruhashi, Shinichi Tashiro.

Art by Shinichi Tashiro

Art by Shinichi Tashiro

First prize went to Japanese street artist Shinichi Tashiro (represented by TOKYO Gallery Singapore) Tashiro who is known for constructing highly inventive collages that make humorous commentaries on subjects from fashion to consumer culture. The second prize went to Ben Mori (represented by SEZON Art Gallery) who was born in Tokyo to a Japanese Father and an American Mother. After graduating from Keio Jr. High, he then attended school on the East Coast where he graduated from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, majoring in Graphic Design. And the third prize went to LOC Gallery (Hong Kong) LOC pride themselves for being a bridge for art, interior design and children's education, pushing the boundaries of what a traditional design firm should be - and our Jury agreed.

Organisers of the fair; Joëlle Dinnage and Natal Vallvé from the Global Art Agency added their appreciation to the city's reaction to the event and the enthusiasm they found from artists and visitors alike.

"TIAF 2017 was a great success not only for the big selection of exhibitors from all around the world. It was a window of what's going on in the contemporary art world nowadays due the best artists " Natal Vallvé said.

"We'll be back for more in 2018 and are already planning next year's event," they said.

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Tokyo's newest art fair brings global talent, famous names, and street-art to Harajuku!

"Rolling Stones" by Mr Brainwash (Los Angeles) - Represented by New York Gallery (Tokyo)

Press Release II : For immediate release.

22nd April 2015: Artistic talent from all around the world as well as from Japan is converging on Tokyo next month as the city gets ready to hold the first Tokyo International Art Fair from 22nd to 23rd May 2015 at Harajuku Quest Hall.

Some 150 outstanding artists and distinguished galleries from 30 countries as far flung as United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Netherlands, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, China, India, Russia, Africa, the USA and Australia and many prestigious exhibitors from the city itself will be out in force at the fantastic free two-day art extravaganza.

Art by Shane Bowden

Among these are Tokyo based New York Gallery, who represent the artworks by Los Angeles based Mr Brainwash (known from his role in the Oscar nominated "Exit Through the Gift Shop" a film by Banksy.) And also represent the Australia's Brisbane-born artist Shane Bowden based in California. Known for his intuitive, free feeling and wacky themes. Shane is like a Andy Warhol injected with steroids, and is likened to Damien Hirst. Collage technique, unpredictable material, and forms being created in the mess deliberately. From Tony Blair (former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom) up to the conference room of the Vogue Magazine, his artwork has been loved by a wide range from prominent collectors from around the world, regardless of genre. Shane will attend the Tokyo Art Fair in person so a unique opportunity to meet him!

Krystal & Glam Luxury art gallery - Daniele Donde

Tokyo based Krystal & Glam luxury art Gallery represent the works by Daniele Donde. Handcrafted fine artworks that have great detail, and is dazzled with glamorous and precious stones. The artworks have been featured by the press globally and is a must-see, or a must-buy.

9th Wave Gallery (Hawaii) will have a collection of contemporary art incorporating everything from Zen Surrealism to Hawaiian Surf Art, by a selection of international artists that create cutting edge art, presenting them with a message of Aloha.

Local Japanese artists that participate include; 
Asako Iwamizu, famous for the use of vibrant colors eliciting a sense of joy. Hayato Shiratori, known for his Manga art. Ginger, illustrator, sign-writer, pin striper, and graphic artist. Gypsy.P, musician and spiritual artist. Yucchi Design By Evolve, surf art and design, original art boards and wetsuits. Susanow, Street Artist. TAIKEN, urban artist with a love for HipHop. Fusako Ekuni, working with the mysteries of the light and the energy. Sunrise Welward Art, self taught Artist from Ireland, living in Japan inspired by South-Africa where she grew up.

…and many other exhibitors living locally in Tokyo.

"Guna" by Demian Dressler represented by 9th Wave Gallery

Satoshi Maruhashi (Tokyo): "I have been looking forward to the Tokyo Art Fair for a very long time. It's great that Japanese Artists as well as European and many other Nationalities are coming together for this first huge artist art fair in Tokyo."

Christine Walters - Live Performance Art

Christine Walters (USA) who will take part is a Performance Artist who paints the abstract of LIVE DJ music. Born in Indiana, schooled in Alabama and cultured in New York City Walters comes from an artistically divers family which she accredits her love for combining music and performance painting.  For Christine music is not just music, it's a medium that spills onto a surface. - "It will be a spectacular show at the Tokyo Art Fair."

Sarah Britten (South-Africa) works in a somewhat unusual medium: lipstick. (Yes, really.) Sarah started working with it in 2002, when she became involved with a Range Rover campaign in late 2010 that she began to paint lipstick cityscapes. 

"Red Bull" by Sarah Britten - Lipstick Art

Souren Mousavi (UK) was born is Persia in 1969 and her ancestral family is linked to the Persian Monarchy. Her childhood found her embroiled in the Iran-Iraq war which was to have a lasting impact on her life. Souren`s passion for all things artistic eventually resulted in her graduating with a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from the University of Tehran. Her expression of freedom and her commitment to women`s rights led to her arrest and eventual imprisonment. Her work was deemed offensive by the regime and Souren was to experience many years of darkness. Souren now lives and works in Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-Upon-Avon. 

Art by Souren Mousavi

Curator Joelle Dinnage, says about the selection “The applications to participate exceeded expectations, that's why the selection process has been very strict and resulted in a divers and profound selection, which has all of its exhibitors fizzing with excitement of being part of the inaugural event. It has also got a great declaration of how popular contemporary visual art is in Tokyo, with hundreds tickets pre-booked visitors waiting to attend with anticipation. The organisation Global Art Agency Ltd is extremely looking forward to this event, as its the first (of many) in Asia." 

"Flying Dreadnought" by Vinki Qoz

Natal Vallve also a Curator at the organisation said: "Asian artists nowadays are one of the most emerging artists around the world, and we can see the same is happening with the asian art market, which growing extensively. We are proud to be the first UK based organisation bringing so much talent together to Tokyo, and also our collectors have been fanatic to come to the art fair from many different countries such as Spain, and UK to see the extraordinary show."

Among paintings on show there will be sculptures, photography art, illustrations, street & urban art, illuminated artworks by Vinki Qoz (China), and live performance art accompanied with live music from several well-known Japanese DJ's.

The Tokyo International Art Fair takes place at Harajuku Quest Hall on Friday 22nd May 2015 with the private viewing from 6pm to 9pm with tickets costing 1500 JPY and include a glass of Champagne, live music and the chance to meet some of the high profile artists and galleries taking part.

On Saturday 23rd May 2015 the fair is open to the public and free to enter from 11.00am - 17.00pm with the Global Art Award Ceremony at 16.00pm in which the Best Artist Award will be announced.

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