Lives in Queens, New York.
2018 MFA Visual Arts, SUNY Purchase College, School of Art+Design, Purchase, NY
1998 BFA, Painting, Tokyo Zokei University of Art and Design, Honors, Tokyo, Japan
Awards and Residences
2019 Open AIR, The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, Missoula, MT
2018 chaNorth Artist Residency, Pine Pains, NY
Outstanding MFA Recognition Award, SUNY Purchase, NY
2017-18 Merit Scholarship: SUNY Purchase College, Purchase, NY
2016-17 Merit Scholarship: SUNY Purchase College, Purchase, NY
2004 Akiyoshidai International Art Village, Yamaguchi, Japan
1998-2000 Research Fellowship, Center for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu (CCA), Fukuoka, Japan
1998 Zokei Award, Tokyo Zokei University of Art and Design, Tokyo, Japan
2021 Enola's Head, Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX (Forthcoming)
2020 Beautiful Sky Golf Course, Missoula Art Musuem, Missoula, MT
Spider's Thread, Ulterior Gallery, New York, NY
2019 A Trip to the Moon, Shirley Fiterman Art Center at BMCC, New York, NY
Study with the Moon, Material Art Fair, Mexico City, Mexico
2017 The Kingdom of Kitai, Ulterior Gallery, New York, NY
Selected Group Exhibitions / Art Fairs
2019 Translating Place, Gallery of Visual Arts, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
Ever Upward, Collar Works, Troy, NY
2018 Elsewhere, Ulterior Gallery, New York, NY
The Persistence of History, NJCU Visual Arts Gallery and Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
Beyond, Equity Gallery, New York, NY
Beyond, Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery, SUNY Purchase, NY
2017 American G*rl, Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery, SUNY Purchase, NY
2016 stolen/missing/disappeared, Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery, SUNY Purchase, NY
fresh meet, SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY
2012 Living Everyday by Art, Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo, Japan
Make a world, nitehiworks, Kanazawa, Japan
2009 First Look 2010 Emerging Artist Series New Tale for Our Age, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ
2008 Independent Drawing Gig 4, Artbreak Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2007 Dumbo Art Festival, New York, NY
Independent Drawing Gig 3, Quartair Contemporary Art Initiatives Exhibition Space, Hague, Holland
2004 Password, Center for Contemporary Graphic Art, Fukushima, Japan
2002 blind date, Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark
2000 here. now. 2000‐1997, Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
Selected Projects: Gansomaeda
Gansomaeda is an artist collective by Go Watanabe and Gaku Tsutaja.
2005 Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama, Japan
2004 CHANNEL_0, Akiyoshidai International Art Village, Yamaguchi, Japan
2003 25hrs, El Raval Sports Pavilion, Barcelona, Spain
2002 Art Camp Nakatsue, Oita, Japan
Young Video Artists Initiative, THINK ZONE, Tokyo, Japan
Ready Started, Hosomi Museum, Kyoto, Japan
2001 Free Standing, Beaver College Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2000 FLYING FOX, Candy Factory,Yokohama, Japan
T-shower, Gallery SOAP, Kitakyushu, Japan
Fujitaka, Kosuke. 日本とアメリカ、ふたつの視点で「原爆」を見つめる。Gaku Tsutajaとは何者か？, [Who is Gaku Tsutaja, who observes “Atomic Bomb” from two different viewpoints, Japan and the U.S.?]. Bijutsutecho/美術手帖. October 11, 2020.
Tomii, Reiko. 現在通信 from New York: 9月11日に思う－夢と歴史 [Current Report from New York: Pondering on September 11th–Dream and History]. Art Annuaal Online/新美術新聞. September 29, 2020.
Steinhauer, Jillian. "Three Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now," New York Times, July 30, 2020
Young, Allison. "Critics’ Pick: Gaku Tsutaja," Artforum, July 22, 2020.
Yau, John. "Using Animals to Talk About Historical Trauma," Hyperallergic, October 26, 2019
Hamby, Paul. "Open AIR:Artists in residence use unique Montana Landscapes to spark creativity," Missoulian, Section E,
July 14, 2019
Goodman, Jonathan. "A New Portrayal of Enola Gay," Whitehot Magazine, April 4, 2019
Bollina, Eileana. "La Odisea De Enola; Narrativas De Gaku Tsutaja," WE’RE MAGAZINE, March 7, 2019
Puertolas-Syn, Virginie. "Mexico City—Visual Art’s New Berlin," Artlyst, February 27, 2019
Goodman, Jonathan. “'Elsewhere' at Ulterior Gallery." ArteFuse, January 10, 2019
Delman, Peter. The Persistence of History, exhibition catalog, New Jersey City University Galleries, Jersey City,
NJ, pp.5-8, p.23
Hirsch, Faye. “Beyond… Complacency,” Beyond, exhibition catalog, SUNY-Purchase College, Purchase, NY, p.18
Burns, Emily. "Artist Spotlight: Q&A with Gaku Tsutaja," Maake Magazine, Issue 5, 2017
Brod, Kelsey. " The Kingdom of Kitai at Ulterior Gallery," Bad at Sports, October 16, 2017
Harada, Machiko. "World News: New York," Bijutsu Techo, BT 2017. 11., p.136
Otomo, Eri. "Make a World," exhibition catalog, Nitehi Works, Kanagawa, Japan
Yoshimoto, Midori. PH.D and June Wang, Aileen. PH.D, "New Tales For Our Age," exhibition catalog, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ, p.11
Yokohama Triennale 2005, exhibition catalog, Kanagawa, Japan, pp.78‐79
Otomo, Eri. "Password," exhibition catalog, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd, Center for Contemporary Graphic Art, Fukuoka, Japan, pp.69 ‐ 92
Hojlund, Anette. "blind date," exhibition catalog, Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark, pp.8‐9
2021 Artist Lecture. The Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, University of Texas, El Paso, TX
2020 Artist Lecture. City College of NY, NY
Virtual Studio Tour. Gaku Tsutaja discusses her upcoming projects. Featured by the Missoula Art Museum.
Artist Lecture. New Jersey City University, NJ
Artist Lecture. SUNY Purchase College, NY
Talk. Beautiful Sky Gold Course: Screening and Talk with Gaku Tsutaja and Maika Pollack.
Asian Art Archive in America, New York, NY.
2018 Student Workshop in conjunction with the exhibition, The Persistence of History, NJCU Gallery, Jersey City, NJ.
Artist Talk. Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY.
2016 Visiting Artist Lecture. University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN.
2004 Artist Talk. Akiyoshidai International Art Village, Yamaguchi, Japan. 2003-05 Adjunct Professor.
Tokyo Zokei University of Art and Design, Tokyo, Japan.