Yuken Teruya







Yuken Teruya (1973, Japan) is an artist based in New York. He works with various materials such as toilet paper rolls, paper shopping bags and butterfly chrysalises. His ideas often reflect life and history of Okinawa, his homeland. Simplicity and extravagance mingled in these works of surprising amplitude. Using only common paper objects and ambient light, Yuken Teruya created entire solar systems and life cycles. When cutting out portraits of trees he uses a photograph and strictly follows it. It becomes a life cycle from tree to paper to product and back to become a tree again. A holistic approach realted to Japanese tradition.
Mr. Teruya received his BFA from Tama Art University, Tokyo in 1996, and his MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York in 2001.

He has shown in several solo exhibitions at spaces including Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York; Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica; Dahlem Ethnological Museum/Asian Art Museum, Berlin; Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London; and The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo. His work was also featured in Paper at Saatchi Gallery, London (2013); the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012); Ties over Time: Japanese Artists and America at the US Ambassador’s House, Tokyo (2010); Hundred Stories about Love at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan (2009); The Shapes of Space at The Guggenheim, New York (2007); Greater New York 2005 at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Queens, NY; and in various other exhibitions in the United States, Europe and Asia.

His work is included in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Guggenheim, New York; Flag Art Foundation, New York; The Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Charles Saatchi Collection, London; 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan; and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, among others.

Born 1973 in Okinawa, Japan. Lives in New York and Berlin


MFA, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, USA

Post Baccalaureate, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, USA

BFA, Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan


My Plan B Is Maybe My Plan A, Dorothée Nilsson Gallery, Berlin 2019/20

Cutting Trees, Sugar Hill Museum, New York, NY 2019

Lost Found, Live Forever Art Foundation, Taichung 2018

Parade From Far Far Away, Gallery Okinawa, Okinawa 2017

Monopoly, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, UK 2016

The Simple Truth, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York, USA 2015

On Okinawa: Dahlem Ethnological Museum/Asian Art Museum, Berlin, Germany 2014

New Work, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, UK 2013

+ PLANT/PLANT, Galerie Momogusa, Gifu prefecture, Japan 2013

Cut n’ Dry Vol.2, Capsule, Tokyo, Japan 2013

Yumiko Chiba Associates Booth, Hong Kong Art Basel, Hong Kong 2013

Area of Calm: Gallery Zero, Arts Maebashi, Maebashi, Japan 2013

Cut n’ Dry, Capusule, Tokyo, Japan 2012

Folded Reflections, Maki Fine Arts, Tokyo, Japan 2012

Gallery Okinawa, Japan 2012

Journey, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Sante Monica, CA, USA 2011

Earn a Lot of Money, No Need Send Any Letter, Send Money Home First, Josée

Bienvenu Gallery, New York, USA 2010

My Great Grandma is USA, Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan 2010

Gallery Okinawa, Okinawa, Japan 2009

Murata & Friend Gallery, Berlin, Germany 2007

Free Fish, Asia Society, New York, USA 2007

Yuken Teruya and 3D News, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA 2007

Waterborne Island, Asahi Art Collaboration, Tokyo, Japan 2006

Straight Flavor, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan 2006

Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA 2005

FOREST INC., Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York, USA 2005

Diverse works, Houston, TX
Voges + Partner, Frankfurt, Germany 2004

Murata & Friends Gallery, Berlin, Germany 2004

Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR, USA 2003

Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA 2002

K.S. Art, New York, NY, USA 2002

The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Arts, Ridgefield, CT, USA 2002

Ann Gallery, Saitama, Japan 1995


Bangkok Art Biennale, Collaboration with Linda Havenstein, Bangkok 2020

Backseat Driver, Yuken Teruya and Kameelah Janan Rasheed, New York 2020

Monopoly Money, Bar Am (Würfel), Berlin 2020

Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles 2020

4th Triennale of Kogei, Kanazawa, 2019

Where we now stand – In order to map the future, 21th Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, 2019

Mediums of Exchange, Shirley Fiterman Art Center BMCC, New York, 2019

12th Shanghai Biennale, Pro Gress, Shanghai, 2018-2019

Yambaru Art Festival, Okinawa, 2018

A Reunion with the Sea: Tealism as Modern Asian Thought, Okinawa Prefectural Museum, 2018

Contemporary Sublime: Annie Kammerer-Butrus and Yukon Teruya, Westobou Gallery, Georgia 2017

Good news., Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York 2016

MOT Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT), Tokyo 2016

Force of Nature, Galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels 2016

Gallery Collection, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo 2015

Living Locally. Reconsidering Critical Regionalism, Arts Maebashi, Maebashi 2015

We can make another future: Japanese art after 1989, Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Queensland 2015

Today is the Day. Exhibition for the 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima, Art Gallery Miyauchi- Miyauchi Art Foundation, Hatsukaichi 2015

Take Me to the River – Currents of the contemporary Dojima River Forum, Dojima River Biennale 2015: Osaka 2015

Nature Morte: Contemporary Artists Reinvigorate the Still Life, Hå gamle prestegard, Stavanger 2015

Social and art: Post-war Okinawa Society and Art, Urasoe Art Museum, Urasoe 2015
Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 2013-2015, Arts Maebashi Gallery, Maebashi, Japan 2015

Revolt: Aesthetics of Dissent and Disgust, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA 2015

AND, 601 Artspace, New York, NY, USA 2015

Go-Betweens: The World Seen Through Children, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (Travelled to Nagoya City Museum, Nagoya, Japan; Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum, Okinawa, JP; The Museum of Art, Kochi, Kochi, JP) 2014

Forward Looking: Artists Rethinking The Future, Solent Showcase, Southampton  2014

Winter Show, Maki Fine Arts, Tokyo, Japan 2014

Chronicle 1995: Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan 2014

Hand Made Real Art: Hajimari Art Center, Fukushima, Japan 2014

Collection: Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, Okinawa, Japan 2014

Asian Anarchy Alliance: Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan 2014

Tag-Ten: Matsumoto City Museum of Art, Nagano, Japan 2014

visions | for the world to come, Camp Talganie, Okinawa, JP
SITE: Place of

Memories, Spaces with Potential, Hiroshima MOCA, Japan 2013

Something about a Tree, curated by Linda Yablonsky, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, USA 2013

PAPER, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK 2013

Re:Quest – Japanese Contemporary Art since the 1970s, Seoul National University Museum, Korea 2013

Artists and the Disaster, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower, Mito, Japan 2012

The First Cut, Manchester City Galleries, Manchester, UK 2012

Sky over My Head, Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Japan 2012

Okinawa Art in New York, Nippon Club, New York
, USA 2012

Journey to the West, Lalit Kala Akademi gallery, New Delhi, India 2012

18th Biennale of Sydney, Australia 2012

No Other Medicine, NY Studio Gallery, New York
, USA 2012

Paperless, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC, USA 2012

Double Vision: Contemporary Art from Japan: Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia 2012

Double Vision: Contemporary Art from Japan: Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, Haifa, Israel 2012

Okinawa/Taiwan, Maki Fine Art, Tokyo, Japan 2011

Secret Language of Flowers, Andipa Gallery, London, UK 2011

4th Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia 2011

Making Nature, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin, KE, USA 2011

Material / Immaterial, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA 2011

Forces of Nature, Danese Gallery, New York, USA 2011

The Tree, James Cohen Gallery, Shanghai, China 2011

Companion, efa project space, New York, USA 2010

Roppongi Crossing, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan 2010

Ties Over Time: Japanese Artists and America, House of the US Ambassador, Tokyo, Japan 2010

Making Nature, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin, Irland 2010

Popping Up, Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong

Inaugural Show, Maki Fine Art, Tokyo, Japan 2010

The Book Borrowers: Contemporary Artists Transforming the Book, Bellevue Arts Museum, Seattle, WA, USA 2009

Migration and Expression, Okinawa Prefectural Art Museum, Okinawa, Japan 2009

Atomic Sunshine, Okinawa Prefectural Art Museum, Okinawa, Japa 2009

Hundred Stories about Love, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan 2009

Forces of Nature, Danese Gallery, New York
, USA 2009

The Tree, James Cohan Gallery, Shanghai, China 2009

WALL ROCKETS: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha, curated by Lisa Dennison, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA 2009

Vested Interest, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, WI, USA 200

Landscape: Lu-Lu-Lu, Shizuoka Prefectural Museum, Shizuoka, Japan 200

Cut: Makings of Removal, Vincent Price Art Museum, Monterey Park, CA, USA 2008

Okinawa Montaged, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan 2008

Drawn in the clouds: Contemporary Asian Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland 2008

It’s Getting Hot in Here, Akus Gallery at Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT, USA 2008

Second Lives, Museum of Arts & Design, New York, USA 2008

Wall Rockets, curated by Lisa Dennison, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, USA 200

Into the Atomic Sunshine, Daikanyama Hillside Forum, Tokyo, Japan 2008

Transformed, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, VA, USA 2008

Art Scope 2007/2008, Daimler Contemporay, Berlin, Germany 2008

When Lives Become Form: Dialogue with the Future – Brazil, Japan, Museum of Modern Art, San Paulo, Brazil 2008

It’s Getting Hot in Here, Montserrat College of Art Museum, New Beverly, MA, USA 200

Into the Atomic Sunshine, Puffin Room, New York

, USA 2008

Attention to Detail, FLAG Art Foundation, New York
, USA 2007

Milk Crown and Mushroom Cloud, curated by Manabi Murata, David Castillo Gallery, New York, USA 2007

Un/Fair Trade, Neue Galerie Graz, Graz, Australia 2007

Making a Home: Japanese Contemporary Artists in New York, Japan Society, New York
, USA 2007

Super PHAT, presented jointly by SVA and the SVA Japan Alumni Association, New York
, USA 2007

The Shapes of Space, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA 2007

Thermocline of Art – New Asian Waves, ZKMI: Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany 2007

Asia-Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia 200

Crafty, Mass Art, Boston, MA
, USA 2006

Gardens, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Japan 2006

Rapt!, Object Gallery, Sydney and Gertrude Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne, Australia 2006

Bangladesh Biennial, Dhaka, Bangladesh 2006

Among the Trees, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ, USA 2006

Waterborn Islands, Asahi Art Collaboration, Japan 2006

The Altoids Curiously Strong Collection, Consolidated Works, Contemporary

Drawing: Six Perspectives, Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, Old Westbury, NY
, USA 2005

The Acceptance World, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London, UK 200

Lost and Found, Gallery Sowaka, Kyoto, JP
Yokohama International Triennial, Yokohama, Japan 2005

Knock, Gallery Sowaka, Kyoto, Japan 2005

Another Expo: Beyond the nation-state, White Box, New York, USA 200

7th Annual Altoids Curiously Strong Collection, Luckman Gallery, California State University, L.A.,CA, USA 2005

Greater New York, P.S.1, Contemporary Art Center, Queens, NY, USA 200

Material Matters, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA 200

Which way the tomorrow is?, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo, Japan 2005

A Stereoscopic Vision, Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY
, USA 2004

Simply Drawn, Luxe Gallery, New York
, USA 2004

Fuchu Biennale, Fuchu Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan 2004

Refrain; Korean, Balkan, Okinawa, Total Museum of Contemporary Arts, Seoul, Korea 2004

Newspapers, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York
, USA 2004

Initial Encounters, Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY, USA 2004

Knots ‘n’ Structure, Gallery Evan, NY
, USA 2004

Dessins et des autres, Galerie Anne De Villepoix, Paris, France 200

Dessins et des autres, Galerie Catherine, Brussels, Belgium 2004

Intense Focus, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR, USA 2004

Drawing Outloud, HDC Gallery, New York

, USA 2004

You-I You-I, Murata & Friends, Berlin, Germany 2003

Slab, University Gallery,Illinois State University, Normal, IL, USA 200

Hello Franklin, Im n Il Gallery, New York
, USA 2003

Okinawan Contemporary Art, Naha City Gallery, Okinawa, Japan 2003

White Meat & Sunlite, Wiensowski und Habord, Berlin, Germany 2003

Midnight’s Children, Columbia University, New York
, USA 2003

Selections Fall 2003, The Drawing Paper, New York, USA 200

Better Homes and Gardens, Pennsylvania State University, PA
, USA 2003

Group Show, Vogas + Partner, Frankfurt, Germany 2003

Too Fresh, Nurture Art Gallery and Emerging Curator’s Resource Center, New York
, USA 2003

Group Show, Gallery Evan, New York, USA 200

TERRARIUM, Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY

, USA 2003

VOCA: Vision of Contemporary Artists, Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan 2002

Model World, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Arts, Ridgefield, CT, USA 2002

Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Museum, NC
Paper Cut, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY, USA 2002

Before and After, The Asian Art Initiative, Philadelphia, PA

, USA 2002

Humble, curated by Gerald McCarthy, Gallery Korea, New Yor
Plant Life, curated by Patrick Callery K.S. Art, New York
, USA 2001

Signature, Paper-bag and Self-Portrait, curated by Mihee Ahn, Im n Il Gallery, Brookyn, NY, USA 2001

Young Horses, curated by Andy Cannon, The Jam Factory, London
Hot Lunch, School of Visual Arts Soho Gallery, New York, USA 200

Interior Landscapes, curated by Susan White and Marcia Godosky, Henry Street Settlement, Abrons Art Gallery, New York, USA 200

Retro Future Present, Magnifik Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

, USA 2001

A-Mail, Hofer Galeriehaus, Hof, DE
MFA Special Exhibition, School of Visual Arts Soho Gallery, New York, USA 2000

A topic Site: On Camp Off Base, Tokyo Bigsite, Tokyo, JP
Vision of Contemporary Artists, Tokyo, Japan 1996

CHURA, Okinawa City Gallery, Okinawa, Japan 1995


Audience Award, Roppongi Crossing, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan 2010

Painters and Scupltors Grant Program Award, Joan Mitchell Foundation, NY, USA 2007

Artist in Residence Award, Art Scope Daimler Chrysler, Japan 2006

NYFA Fellowship for Sculpture; USA

Vision of Contemporary Artists, Tokyo, Japan 

Emerging Artist Award, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Arts, CT, USA 2002

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Fellowship, Skowhegan, ME, USA 2001

“Paper Cutting, Contemporary Artists/Timeless Craft”, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA.
“Papercraft 2, Design and Art with Paper”, Gestaiten, Berlin, Germany.
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Hung, Stephanie. “Inspiration Board: The are of paper”, Martha Stewart Blog, April 2010.
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“Green Economy”, The New York Times Magazine, New York, NY.

Shipley, Jonathan, “Breaking Books Open”, CityArtsMagazine.com, March.

Cheng, Scarlet, “Paper work? Bring it on”, Los Angeles Times, October 26.
Smith, Roberta, “Using Old Materials to Put A New Face on A Museum”, New York Times, September 26.

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Guggenheim Museum, NY
The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA, NY
Daiichi Seimei Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Seattle Art Museum, WA
Twigg-Smith Collection, HI
Altoids Collection, New Museum, NY
Norton Collection, NY
Charles Saatchi Collection, London, England
Sakima Art Museum, Okinawa, Japan
Prefectural Art Museum, Okinawa, Japan
Daiwa Press, Hiroshima, Japan
Flag Art Foundation, NY
Hoffman Collection, Berlin, Germany
Mori Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Takamatsu, Japan
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan