Tokyo International Art Fair 2016

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

Success for second Tokyo International Art Fair 2016 - Omotesando Hills


More than 8000 art aficionados were eager to enter through the doors of Omotesando Hills over the weekend (Friday 13th and Saturday 14th May 2016) as Tokyo city hosted the second Tokyo International Art Fair organised by the Global Art Agency (GAA Ltd).

The Space-O hall at the venue 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 Martini Champagne and Bombay Sapphire Cocktails sponsored by Bacardi Japan, whilst looking around to invest into a piece of original art.

Exhibitor Sabet from California sold one of his original paintings "Snow Monkey" for a substantial price of ¥1,300,000. He said; "Thank you to Global Art Agency for giving me a platform to sell here at the Tokyo International Art Fair - it has been amazing and I'll forever be grateful to the GAA team! Can't wait till next year!"

Tahe D from Tahiti said; "Thanks to this event I have sold my art and most importantly I am now sponsored by Air Tahiti and Tropical Vision. It has been amazing!" 

Ernesto Heen who was represented at the Digital Art Showcase: "Thank you for the great Tokyo International Art Fair. Promoting my work that was shown on the Digital Art Screens even if I couldn’t be there in person. I look forward to the next occasion and would like to congratulate all participating artists and the GAA Art Event Team for their great work." 

Frank van der Meijden from the Netherlands sold completely out after he met a collector coming all the way from Spain to the event. "I am over the moon, I had one of the biggest stands and I completely sold out. Big thanks to the organisation."

Frank wasn't the only one that sold out. Shane Bowden (Australia, living in San Diego) represented by the New York Gallery (Japan) sold also completely out and was one of the highlights of the show. 

Visitors also enjoyed the Me-Fie booth were they could create long-lasting TIAf 2016 memories in the form of selfies with special effects. 

The Contemporary Art of Excellence Book Volume II was in populair demand at the event, with over 150 books sold at the fair to collectors coming from as far as United States, Singapore and Hong Kong.  

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

First place went to August Vilella (Barcelona) who creates oil paintings by means of a surreal-intuitive method. Second place went to Sezon Art Gallery (Tokyo), and third price to Shingo420 (Tokyo). The Facebook competition winner voted by the public went to Babtiste Tavernier

Organisers of the fair; Satoshi Maruhashi, 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 2016 was a great success not only for the big amount of visitors and sales, but also for the fine 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 from different countries from around the world represented the style, the concept and new languages from each country showing the different personalities in the art world." Natal Vallvé said.

Joëlle Dinnage organiser added: "I am extremely happy with the sales this year, it has exceeded last year's event in Tokyo. The first prize winner of this year's Best TIAF Artist Award August Vilella is in the process of selling 3 artworks worth $45,000 in total. This is a substantial amount for an individual emerging artist, and shows how much new talent is out there that has huge potential. Seeing the exhibitors so fulfilled makes us very happy." 

“We’ll be back for more in 2017 and are already planning next year’s event,” Satoshi Maruhashi said.

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Tokyo International Art Fair 2016 | Omotesando Hills

"Life is beautiful” is a phrase that clearly applies to street artist Thierry Guetta, aka Mr. Brainwash. In just a matter of years, he went from spray-painting alleyways to selling art installations worth thousands. He even collaborated with pop star Madonna.

Life is just as beautiful for painter Dawn Ward, aka Sunrise Welward Art. Last year she traveled to Tokyo from Okinawa for the Tokyo International Art Fair, sold most of her paintings there, and afterward received queries from galleries and potential clients.

Both artists are among the more than 150 showing their work at this year’s fair, which takes place on May 13 and 14. The event aims to showcase both rookie and veteran artists, as well as create chances for networking and buying the art on display.

As the fair runs on two days, it will also be split into private and public viewings. First up is the private, which costs ¥1,500. That provides potential buyers with first pick of the art on offer and includes a serving of Champagne. The public viewing is free, but a lot of people are expected to show up: the inaugural Tokyo International Art Fair last year welcomed more than 6,000 guests.

In addition to New York Art Gallery exhibiting Mr. Brainwash and Sunrise Welward Art, keep an eye out for artists such as Michael Lam, the New York-based artist famous for his single stroke calligraphy, and Shane Bowden, who has been described as “Andy Warhol on steroids.” London-based director James Skeritt will be using this year’s art fair to unveil two new films, “Sleeping” and “What is 9thWaveGallery.” Both pieces feature the works of Japanese, Hawaiian and Irish artists. (Drew Bateman).

Dates & Times:
Friday 13th May 2016 : 18.00pm - 21.00pm
Including Champagne Reception, Private View and first opportunity to buy art.

Saturday 14th May 2016 : 11.00am - 19.00pm
Live painting, Buy Art Show, Global Art Awards Ceremony (18.00pm) FREE ENTRY

Tickets: Available here

Venue: Omotesando Hills, Main Building, B3F SPACE O. 4-12-10 Jingumae,Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001 JAPAN



Tokyo International Art Fair 2016 - Omotesando Hills

Satoshi Maruhashi - Global Art Agency

Satoshi Maruhashi - Global Art Agency

昨年、大成功を収めたアートフェア-TOKYO INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR- が今年もまた5月13日(金)、14日(土)の2日間において、東京のシャンゼリゼと呼ぶに相応しい青山、表参道ヒルズを舞台に開催される。

30カ国以上、150名を越える参加アーティストの現代アートが販売作品として、表参道ヒルズ B3スペース オーに集約される。






今年の参加アーティストには期待の新鋭アーティストはもちろん、前回、大好評だったミスター・ブレインウォッシュとして知られるシェーンボーデンの名前もあります – 現代のアンディ・ウォーホルを思わせる彼の作風は前回、非常に好評でした。


ローラ・ジョーダン(イギリス), キャナル・チェンジャルー(フィンランド),セヴェラナ・シンテスヴァ(ベルギー),ハイヤット・セイジ(モロッコ),ソフィア。シアン(ロシア),リ・ウェイ・チェン(台湾),風ギャラリー(日本),マーク・ジェームスフォード(ドイツ),

Hiba Sultan (Saudi Arabia)

Hiba Sultan (Saudi Arabia)









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





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