Biography

Japanese-born painter Hiroshi Senju is noted worldwide for his sublime waterfall and cliff images, which are often monumental in scale. He combines a minimalist visual language rooted in Abstract Expressionism with ancient painting techniques unique to Japan.

Senju is widely recognized as one of the few contemporary masters of the thousand-year-old nihonga style of painting, using pigments made from minerals, ground stone, shell and corals suspended in animal-hide glue. Evoking a deep sense of calm, his waterfalls, which he creates with incredible delicacy by pouring paint onto mulberry paper on board, conjure not only the appearance of rushing water, but its sound, smell and feel.

Hiroshi Senju was the first Asian artist to receive an Honorable Mention Award at the Venice Biennale (1995), and has participated in numerous exhibitions including the Beauty Project in 1996 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, London; The New Way of Tea, curated by Alexandra Munroe, at the Japan Society and the Asia Society in New York in 2002; Paintings on Fusuma at the Tokyo National Museum in 2003; and Frontiers Reimagined, a Collateral Event of the Venice Biennale curated and organized by Sundaram Tagore, in 2015.

Public installations include seventy-seven murals at Jukoin, a sub-temple of Daitokuji, a Zen Buddhist temple in Japan, and a large waterfall at Haneda Airport International Passenger Terminal in Tokyo. The Benesse Art Site of Naoshima Island also houses two large-scale installations.

Senju’s work is in the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, Japan; the Yamatane Museum of Art, Tokyo; Tokyo University of the Arts; and the Kushiro Art Museum, Hokkaido, Japan. In 2009, Skira Editore published a monograph of his work titled Hiroshi Senju. The Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa, designed by Ryue Nishizawa, opened in 2011 in Japan.

Born in Tokyo, 1958 | Lives and works in New York

Group Show
Hong Kong
Group Show
August 25 – October 25, 2016
STG Pop Up
HONG KONG
STG Pop Up
April 22 – June 10, 2016
Group Show
Hong Kong
Group Show
July 2 – September 18, 2015
Group Show
NY | Chelsea
Group Show
June 25 – August 15, 2015
Forces of Nature
Hong Kong
Forces of Nature
Annie Leibovitz and Hiroshi Senju March 10 – May 10, 2015
Hiroshi Senju
Singapore
Hiroshi Senju
Day Falls/Night Falls January 17 – March 15, 2015
Summer Group Show
NY | Chelsea
Summer Group Show
July 24 – August 23, 2014
Summer Group Show
Hong Kong
Summer Group Show
June 27 – September 2, 2014
Winter Group Show
NY | Chelsea
Winter Group Show
December 31, 2013 – January 31, 2014
Natural Selection
Hong Kong
Natural Selection
December 16, 2013 – January 26, 2014
Natural Selection
NY | Chelsea
Natural Selection
November 21 – December 21, 2013
Surface Tension
NY | Chelsea
Surface Tension
Gallery artists and guest Rima Fujita July 23 – August 24, 2013
Hiroshi Senju
Hong Kong
Hiroshi Senju
Day Falls/Night Falls April 16 – June 9, 2013
Home and the World
Singapore
Home and the World
January 18 – April 28, 2013
Winter Group Show
HONG KONG
Winter Group Show
December 18, 2012 – February 18, 2013
Inside Out: A Group Show
Singapore
Inside Out: A Group Show
November 23, 2012 – January 13, 2013
Group Show
HONG KONG
Group Show
August 11 – September 9, 2012
Summer Group Show
NY | CHELSEA
Summer Group Show
June 21 – July 21, 2012
Asian Group Show
BEVERLY HILLS
Asian Group Show
June 16 – December 15, 2012
Hiroshi Senju
NY | CHELSEA
Hiroshi Senju
Cliffs March 1 – 31, 2012
Spectrum: East/West/Beyond
HONG KONG
Spectrum: East/West/Beyond
December 8, 2011 – January 29, 2012
Continuum
HONG KONG
Continuum
A Group Show July 7 – August 28, 2011
Constellation
HONG KONG
Constellation
A Group Show March 16 – April 11, 2011
Facing East
NY | CHELSEA
Facing East
Contemporary Asian Art March 4 – April 2, 2011
Rasa
Hong Kong
Rasa
Contemporary Asian Art December 1, 2010 – February 6, 2011
The Reason For Hope
Hong Kong
The Reason For Hope
Group Show December 17, 2009 – January 17, 2010
Hiroshi Senju
Hong Kong
Hiroshi Senju
Out of Nature: Cliffs and Falling Water September 23 – November 10, 2009
Here & Now
NY | Chelsea
Here & Now
Group Show July 8 – August 29, 2009
Hiroshi Senju
NY | Chelsea
Hiroshi Senju
Haruka Naru Aoi Hikari May 2 – July 19, 2009
Here and Now
Hong Kong
Here and Now
Group Show March 26 – June 6, 2009
Dimensions of Color
NY | Chelsea
Dimensions of Color
An Asian Group Show August 23 – October 5, 2008
In Your Mind's Eye
NY | Chelsea
In Your Mind's Eye
An Asian Group Show July 24 – August 31, 2008
Surface Tension
NY | Chelsea
Surface Tension
an exhibition of work by Francis Barth and Hiroshi Senju September 16 – 30, 2006
Next Level
NY | Chelsea
Next Level
June 29 – September 6, 2005
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