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b. 1986, Japan

Ataru Sato Biography

Ataru Sato attempts to understand himself, humanity, and the world around him through the act of drawing or painting. Expressing themes such as obsession, fear, and romance through fine ‒ perhaps excessively fine ‒ pencil lines and distinctive brushwork, Sato emphasises that his works are created for himself. He sees art as being created by people who are alive to express their lived experiences and has no aspiration to create art for artʼs sake, art that is novel, or art that seeks to be meaningful. Satoʼs images continually propagate, driven by his need to comprehend the indiscernible aspects of life. Born from a core of personal questions, his work is characterised by a powerful energy that penetrates deeply, leaving a lasting impression on its viewers.

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Ataru Sato was born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan in 1986 and is currently based in Tokyo. In 2009, he graduated from the Advanced Art Course in the Department of Information Design, Faculty of Arts and Design at Kyoto University of Arts and Design. The artistʼs major group exhibitions include 10000 Lives: The 8th Gwangju Biennale (2010), Yokohama Triennale 2011:OUR MAGIC HOUR ‒ How Much of the World Can We Know? (2011), Inside (Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2014), and Dojima River Biennale 2019 (Osaka, 2019). Satoʼs works have been acquired by the Takahashi Collection as well as by Louis Vuitton Malletier.

Text courtesy KOSAKU KANECHIKA.

Exhibition view: Group exhibition, 5 ARTISTS, KOSAKU KANECHIKA, Tokyo (23 October–4 December 2021). Courtesy KOSAKU KANECHIKA

Ataru Sato Featured Artworks

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Division by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Ataru SatoDivision, 2019Pencil on paper and paper collage mounted on panel
41 x 52 cm
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Over the rainbow by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork painting
Ataru SatoOver the rainbow, 2019Mixed media on canvas mounted on wooden box
40 x 29.8 x 5.8 cm
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Daydream by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Ataru SatoDaydream, 2019Acrylic, pencil on paper and paper collage mounted on panel
27.2 x 22.4 cm
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Ananas by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork painting, drawing
Ataru SatoAnanas, 2019Oil, ink on canvas mounted on panel
41 x 49 cm
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Unfixed by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork painting
Ataru SatoUnfixed, 2019Acrylic, oil, pencil on panel
42 x 29.7 cm
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Tomorrow by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, print, drawing
Ataru SatoTomorrow, 2019Acrylic, ink, paper collage, collage on canvas
53.2 x 33.5 cm
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0.01mm by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork painting
Ataru Sato0.01mm, 2019Acrylic, oil on canvas
33.5 x 24.5 cm
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Gute Nacht by Ataru Sato contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, print
Ataru SatoGute Nacht, 2020Mixed media on canvas mounted on wooden box
43.7 x 22.5 x 14.5 cm
KOSAKU KANECHIKA Contact Gallery

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