Naoko Tosa

Artist Story

Naoko Tosa is an artist who has been creating artworks expressing Japanese tradition and culture utilizing digital technologies. The series of artworks presented in this gallery are titled “Japanese Sanctuary”. It expresses silence and at the same time dynamism based on Japanese“Zen” and “Shinto.”


Tosa-san is an internationally renowned Japanese media artist, born in 1961 in Fukuoka, Japan. After receiving a Ph.D. for Art and Technology research from the University of Tokyo. She was a fellow artist at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 2002 to 2004.Currently she is a professor at Kyoto University. She has exhibited her artworks at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the New York Metropolitan Art Museum, the Long Beach Museum, International Berlin Film Festival New media Division and other many locations worldwide.



1961 - Born in Fukuoka, Japan
1985 - Solo Exhibition Video Art works at North Fort Gallery, Osaka, Japan
1986 - Accepted for 2nd International Biennale Video CD 85 at Ljubljana, Yugoslavia
1986 - A Bronze Prize at The International High technology Art Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan
1986 - 3rd prize for Independent Artist Selection, National Computer Graphics Association, Anaheim, California
1987 - Second prize at the American Film & Video Festival: Video Art Section, New York
1987 - Accepted for the San Francisco International Film Festival: Golden Gate Awards, San Francisco
1987 - Accepted for The 21st Annual New York Film-Video Exposition, Metropolitan Art Museum, New York
1987 - Solo exhibition -“Computer Graphics & Video Art Exhibition” at EXPO Annex Plaza, Nagoya, Japan
1988 - Accepted for the BACA’s 21st Annual Film-Video Festival, Jefferson Market Library, New York
1990 - Solo exhibition of Interactive Art works at Gallery Kousai, Tokyo
1992 - Solo exhibition of “Neuro-Baby’s Birthday at Gurdean-Gurden Gallery, Tokyo
1997 - First Prize, L‘Oreal Grand Prix for research combining art and science Award
2000 - Accepted for Interactive Art section Award in ARS Electronica, Linz, Austria
2003 - Solo exhibition of ZENetic Computer , MIT Museum Main Gallery, USA
2003 - Solo Exhibition of Unconscious Flow at Art Center Nabi, Seoul, Korea
2004 - Winner of 2nd Prize for Nabi Digital Storytelling Competition of Intangible Heritage, Organized by Art Center Nabi under the official endorsement of UNESCO
2009 - Solo Exhibition of Sei Sei Rei Rei at the World Heritage Kamigamo–jinja Shinto Shrine, Kyoto, Japan
2011 - Solo Exhibition of Cultural Bits at Japan Creative Center, Singapore