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Ataru Sato

Ataru Sato (b.1986 Chiba, Japan) currently lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. In his work, he shows the dualities of life by deeply questioning his own soul and his interactions with the world around him. Life, sexuality and happiness, but also death, decay and sadness are simultaneously present in his work. His intriguing and expressive use of pencil lines and colour reflects these introspective fascinations and obsessions. What does it mean to understand others? Can we survive without being connected to each other? Driven by these questions, Sato creates a highly erotic, almost psychedelic universe where personal fears, loves and intimacies are depicted.

Ataru Sato
YTBT, 2019
Acrylic, oil, pencil on panel
42 × 29.7 cm
(16 1/2 × 11 3/4 in)
Photography: Kei Okano

Ataru Sato
A dispute between Achilles and Agamemnon, 2019
Installation view at INTERPRETATIONS, TOKYO curated by Dries Van Noten
Hara Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Photography: Kiruke Watanabe

Ataru Sato
Installation view at the Dojima River Biennale, Osaka, Japan, 2019
Photography: Kenta Hasegawa

Ataru Sato
Installation view at the Dojima River Biennale, Osaka, Japan, 2019
Photography: Kenta Hasegawa

Ataru Sato
Installation view at the Dojima River Biennale, Osaka, Japan, 2019
Photography: Kenta Hasegawa

Ataru Sato
Apparaître, 2018
Pencil on paper and paper collage mounted on panel
73 × 51.6 cm
(28 3/4 × 20 1/4 in)

Ataru Sato
Hospital, 2018
Acrylic, ink, oil on panel
42 × 29 cm
(16 1/2 × 11 3/8 in)

Ataru Sato
Flesh, 2018
Acrylic, ink on panel
21 × 14.8 cm
(8 1/4 × 5 7/8 in)

Ataru Sato
Catastrophe, 2017
Pencil on paper and paper collage mounted on panel
36,4 × 25,7 cm (14 1/4 × 10 inches)

Ataru Sato
Boy, 2017
Acrylic, pencil, ink on paper and paper collage mounted on panel
29,7 × 42 cm (11 5/8 × 16 1/2 inches)

Ataru Sato
His Sea, 2014
Pencil, coloured pencil and ink on paper mounted on panel
84,1 × 59,4 cm (33 × 23 3/8 inches)

Ataru Sato
Serious Injury, 2010
Pencil, coloured pencil and ink on paper
23 × 20,6 cm (9 × 8 inches)

Ataru Sato
L’incarnation de l’amour, 2017
Pencil and ink on paper, papercollage mounted on panel
29,8 × 21,1 cm (11 5/8 × 8 1/4 inches)

Ataru Sato
Animus, 2017
Pencil and ink on paper, papercollage mounted on panel
29,8 × 42,1 cm (11 5/8 × 16 1/2 inches)

Ataru Sato
Zero, 2016
Pencil on paper
9.6 × 8.6 × 4.5 cm (3 3/4 × 3 3/8 × 1 3/4 inches)

Ataru Sato
渚のバルコニー, 2014
Pencil, color pencil, ink on paper
41 × 19 cm (16 1/8 × 7 1/2 inches)

Ataru Sato
Come inside, 2014
Acrylic, ink on canvas
23 × 22.7 cm (9 1/16 × 8 15/16 inches)

Ataru Sato
Signal, 2013
Pencil on paper mounted on panel diptych
24.2 × 33.3 cm (9 1/2 × 13 1/8 inches) (each)

Ataru Sato
Sign, 2012
Pencil, color pencil on paper mounted on panel
91 × 72.7 cm (35 13/16 x 28 5/8 inches)

Ataru Sato
Maybe tonight, 2012
Pencil, color pencil on paper mounted on panel
84 × 59.4 cm (33 1/16 × 23 3/8 inches)

Ataru Sato
A world without the world, 2012
Pencil on paper mounted on panel
100 × 72.7 cm (39 3/8 × 28 5/8 inches)

Ataru Sato
Naked boy, 2011
Pencil on paper
29 × 20 cm (11 7/16 × 7 7/8 inches)

Ataru Sato
Distance, 2011
Pencil, ink on paper mounted on panel
91 × 72.7 cm (35 13/16 × 28 5/8 inches)

Born 1986, Chiba, Japan. Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.


EDUCATION

2009 B.A. Advanced Art Course, Department of Information Design, Faculty of Art and Design, Kyoto University of Art and Design, Japan


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019 Ataru Sato, Office Baroque, Brussels, Belgium
2018 +10, KOSAKU KANECHIKA, Tokyo, Japan
2017 Courtship, KOSAKU KANECHIKA, Tokyo, Japan
2015 MAN, Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo, Japan
2011 First Love, Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo, Japan
2010 His Sea, Mehr (Midtown), New York, USA


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019 4 Artists, KOSAKU KANECHIKA, Tokyo, Japan
Dojima River Biennale, Osaka, Japan
6 Artists, KOSAKU KANECHIKA, Tokyo, Japan
Interpretations, Tokyo curated by Dries Van Noten, The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
2017 Men, Koyanagi, Tokyo, Japan
2016 Jitto, curated by Tabaimo, Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Basel, Switzerland
2014 Inside, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
2013 Now Japan; Exhibition with 37 contemporary Japanese artists, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, Netherlands
Takahashi Collection Mindfulness!, Sapporo Art Museum, Hokkaido, Japan
Takahashi Collection Mindfulness!, Kirishima open-air Museum, Kagoshima, Japan
2012 Cosmic Travelers – Toward the Unknown, Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
2011 OUR MAGIC HOUR – How Much of the World Can We Know?, Yokohama Triennale 2011, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan
2010 10000 LIVES, The 8th Gwangju Biennale 2010, Gwangju, South Korea
VOCA 2010: The Vision of Contemporary Art, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan
neoneo Part1 [boys] neoneo boys wa so-shoku-kei?, Takahashi Collection Hibiya, Tokyo, Japan
2009 Stars Popping Out of Chaos 2009 Artist’s File, Spiral Garden, Tokyo, Japan
Dorodoro, Doron – The Uncanny World in Folk and Contemporary Art in Asia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
2008 Jungju An, Kengo Kito, Kae Masuda, Hiroharu Mori, Robert Platt, Ataru Sato, Kouichi Tabata, Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo, Japan
Schüttelreime, Office Baroque, Antwerp, Belgium
TERASE!, Kyoto Tower Bldg. / Sky Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
2006 Vier Junge Japanische Künstler, Werkraum Godula Buchholz, Denklingen, Germany


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Takahashi Collection, Tokyo, Japan
Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, USA

Ataru Sato

Limited edition self-published zine (2016)
Signed by Ataru Sato

Dimensions: 30 × 21 cm
Pages: 14

Last copies available at Office Baroque Books

Ataru Sato
First Love

Published by artbeat publishers, 2009

Dimensions: 305 × 230 mm
Pages: 104

Last copies available at Office Baroque Books

Ataru Sato in 4 Artists at Kosaku Kanechika, Tokyo, Japan
19 October – 30 November 2019

Ataru Sato in the Dojima River Biennale, Osaka, Japan
27 July – 18 August 2019

Junko Oki and Ataru Sato in 7 Artists at Kosaku Kanechica, Tokyo, Japan
26 January – 23 February 2019

Ataru Sato in INTERPRETATIONS, TOKYO at Hara Museum, Tokyo, Japan
29 – 31 March 2019

+10, Ataru Sato at Kosaku Kanechika, Tokyo, Japan
9 June – 21 July 2018

Daniel Sinsel in ISelf Collection: The Upset Bucket at Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
5 December 2017 – 1 April 2018

Junko Oki and Ataru Sato in 6 Artists at Kosaku Kanechika, Tokyo, Japan
20 January – 17 February 2018

Ataru Sato in Men at Koyanagi, Tokyo, Japan
12 September – 14 October 2017

Minako Norimatsu, Greek mythology inspires a Dries Van Noten-curated exhibition in Tokyo, Wallpaper, March 2019

Miwa Susuda, Ataru Sato, Office, June 2017

Andrey Bold, Interview: Ataru Sato, Gadabout Magazine, September 2012