Tokyo Art Fair 2019

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.


Tokyo International Art Fair


5th Edition, 07-08 JUNE 2019 | 2019年6月7日-8日

Belle Salle Roppongi

The award-winning Global Art Agency selects the highlights for the fifth Tokyo International Art Fair, taking place at the Belle Salle Roppongi on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th June 2019.

Padi Faraji

Title: Fishpond by Padi Faraji

Title: Fishpond by 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.

Cho, Hui-Chin

A resist-destiny female artist 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

Khan's 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 to each work. The imagery tends to unfold in duality; the complete picture with its primary impact, and the emergence of various minute elements which compound upon the primary impact. Each work is a different experience in itself aimed at evoking pure emotion, carrying its own unique energy signature.


A continuous tour between our inner landscape toward our idea of “light”, our  very nature of existence in this present universe. Befriend with the Infinity you forgot. 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. The infinite encryption - from simple cells to making what’s beyond here and now.

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 can't move together and finally all fail and show a state of sagging, just like human sexuality and  physiology. 

Alexander Yaya, Crisolart Galleries

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. He stylizes the proportions of human bodies, making his models thinner and taller, lengthening their hands, generalising the silhouettes. All his heroines look fragile and the girl here is melancholic, whilst the fish watches with a playful smile.  The viewer wonders who plays the lead and who is pulling whom forward. Yaya plays up the clash of primary colours: the yellow is open and red turns a cherry hue, cooled down to avoid discord with other tones. Perhaps, if the composition on the right were cut off earlier, the work would look more harmonious, adjusted and stable. The girl would be exactly on the central axis, and there would be no doubt about who the scene is centred around.

Harry Arling

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

Andrei Tunikov, Crisolart Galleries

Striving to convey dynamics and character through plastics, Tunikov turned to the image of birds and discovered an amazing world of their feelings, full of emotions. Angrily shifted eyebrows, open beak, ruffled neck - these details are capable of conveying characters and psychological conditions.  The 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. His work reflects all the details of anatomical and physical resemblance to life model, requiring a painstaking everyday work to elaborate all the details of feathers, taking a year to complete.

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. 

雙勺冰淇淋 Ron English 經典獨家販售的口味

Ronnnie Rabbbit 和 Starskull。


Double scoop ice cream Ron English signature flavours: Ronnnie Rabbbit and Starskull. Happily delicious!

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. Other characters carousing through English’s art, in paintings, billboards and sculpture include three-eyed rabbits, udderly delicious cowgirls and grinning skulls, blending stunning visuals with the bitingly humorous undertones of America’s Premier Pop Iconoclast.

Tokyo International Art Fair 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 and music from DJ Katsuya Everywhere.  Tickets available here

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

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



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