Tetsuro KANO


1980 Born in Miyagi, Japan
2005 BA, Environmental Design/City Environmental, Tokyo Zokei University
2007 MFA, Fine Arts, Tokyo Zokei University
In 2011, he obtained a license for hunting with nets and traps.

Tetsuro Kano was born in 1980. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Department of Environmental Design/City Environmental at Tokyo Zokei University (2005), and a master’s degree from the Fine Art at Tokyo Zokei University (2007). His recent solo exhibitions include Naturplan (Bloomberg Pavilion Project Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2011), Clear signs, Vivid tones (HARA MUSEUM ARC, Gunma, 2012), Abstract maps, Concrete territories (Moerenuma Park, Sapporo, 2013) and Nature / Ideals, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo (2015). His recent group exhibitions include Breathing Atolls: Japan-Maldives Contemporary Art Exhibition (National Art Gallery, Sultan Park, 2012), To Wander a Garden (Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka, 2012), In Search of Critical Imagination (Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, 2014), and Between Botany and Art (Aichi Prefecture Museum, 2015).

Having studied architecture and environmental design, Kano has discerned values and meanings that slip through human intentions by observing plants. Taking biologist Jakob von Uexküll’s concept of umwelt (often translated as “self-centered world”) as an inspiration, Kano has consistently been interested in the diversity of the worlds perceived by different organisms found in the everyday life sphere of human beings. The landscapes that Kano gives shape to using ready-made products in a way that deviates from their original purpose, or by incorporating the viewpoints of the Other, such as plants and birds, retain the existing compositions of a work of sculpture or painting, but allow a worldview open to values departing from art and to diverse forms of existence to concurrently reside in them. In recent years, he has produced works in places removed from the realm of art, such as a botanical garden, and the scale of the parts used in his sculptures and installations, focused in the past on the perception and scale of birds, has become a size smaller and more meticulous. Taking plants as its motif, and leading the micro-world of insects and microorganism that encircle plants into it, this exhibition invites viewers to imagine plural worlds where details acquire different identities for different organisms while giving rise to a whole.


a tree as a city, YUKA TSURUNO GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan

Nature / Ideals, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Things floating in the valley, Gallery Sarah, Muscat, Oman
Bonsai techniques, Sun Garden(Tomakomai city botanical garden), Hokkaido, Japan
Paintings or Sculptures, YUKA TSURUNO GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan

Abstract maps, Concrete territories, Moerenuma Park, Sapporo, Japan
Savage structures, salon cojica, Sapporo, Japan
Metaphysical Peaks, FAbULOUS, Sapporo, Japan

Clear signs, Vivid tones, HARA MUSEUM ARC, Gunma, Japan
Mirrored wood, NADiff a/p/a/r/t, Tokyo, Japan
Protean wood, YUKA TSURUNO, Tokyo, Japan

Anonymous birds, Operation Table/QMAC, Kitakyushu, Japan
Naturplan (Bloomberg Pavilion Project #1 Tetsuro Kano), Public plaza/Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
Anonymous birds (Bloomberg Pavilion Project #1 Tetsuro Kano), MOT the SHOP wall gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Anonymous birds, onobeka, Sapporo, Japan
Anonymous corridors, waitingroom, Tokyo, Japan

Magical paths, project room sasao, Akita, Japan
Naturplan, Moonhouse/Yokohama apartment, Yokohama, Japan

Naturplan, Midori Art Center (MAC), Aomori, Japan
Moving /Atmospheres, Cafe Shicho-shitsu, Tokyo, Japan

Garden _prayer, Kogane-cho Ohira-so gallery, Yokohama, Japan

Weeds, nico project viewing room, Tokyo, Japan

Weeds, YOSHIDATE HOUSE, Yokohama, Japan


In Between of Botany and Art, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan
Ideal Practices, YUKA TSURUNO GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan
Hundred steps, Gallery @KCUA (Kyoto City University of Arts Gallery), Kyoto, Japan

The Art and Architecture of Red Bull Music Academy Tokyo 2014, Red Bull Music Academy Tokyo, Tokyo
Floating Nature, Gallery W, Tokyo, Japan
National Gallery of Indonesia Residency Program Exhibition, National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
Utopia, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan
Conditional landscape, Biserica Evanghelică Gușterița, Sibiu, Romania
Art Meets01 Miyuki Tsugami / Tetsuro Kano, Arts Maebashi, Gunma, Japan
Vision of Contemporary Art, Ueno Royal Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
In Search of Critical Imagination, Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan

Summer Group Show 2013, YUKA TSURUNO GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan

Various Drawings, YUKA TSURUNO, Tokyo, Japan
NOT AUTHORITY, BUT ART., Hillside Terrace, Tokyo, Japan
Adventure of daily life – Japanese young artists –, 500-m Underground Walkway Gallery, Sapporo, Japan
To Wander a Garden, Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka, Japan
Breathing Atolls: Japan-Maldives Contemporary Art Exhibition, National Art Gallery, Sultan Park, Maale, Maldives

About freedom, TRAUMARIS | SPACE, Tokyo, Japan
Koganecho bazaar 2011, Yokohama, Japan
ZERODATE/ODATE 2011, Akita, Japan
in the waitingroom, waitingroom, Tokyo, Japan
Flowers and Dragons on the operation table, Operation Table/QMAC, Kitakyushu, Japan

NEO-TOPIA, Akiyoshidai International Art Village, Yamaguchi, Japan
BIKKURI / The Exhibition of Artists in Residence Program 2010 Autumn, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori, Japan
Seoksu Art Project 2010, Anyang, Korea

Time Blossoms, Kogane Studio A/B, Yokohama, Japan
ART in Kimachi Project “TSUNAGU” ’09 Yamaguchi Valley Section 5am, Kimachi house/Saikotei, Yamaguchi, Japan

Koganecho bazaar 2008, Yokohama, Japan
Yokohama-Noren-Gai 2, Yokohama, Japan

Rikuto Art Line, Kankaku Museum, Miyagi, Japan
Dialogue with the City, BankART Studio NYK, Yokohama / Kobe Art Village Center, Japan
Open house Exhibition, Sogabe house, Yokohama, Japan
Hiroshima Art Project, Former Waste Incineration Plant (Kyu-Naka-Kojoh), Hiroshima, Japan
10 th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art, Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki, Japan
NORA Museum of Art, TOTAN Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Bath-house Theater, Sainokami Public Bath-house (Naoshima-island), Kagawa, Japan
New Art Competition of Miyagi, Sendai Mediatheque, Sendai, Japan
For Rent! For Talent! 2, Mitsubishi-Jisyo Artium, Fukuoka, Japan
GOTEN GOTEN Art Progect, Higashi-Naruko spa, Miyagi, Japan
TAP sarellite gallery vol. 9 KANO Tetsuro + SAWANOBORI Kyoko, Toride Art Project satellite gallery, Ibaraki, Japan
Made in Kawasaki- contemporary art award, Kawasaki City Museum, Kawasaki, Japan

The National Cultural Festival Fukui, contemporary art exhibition ART&LIFE MIKUNI, Fukui, Japan
, Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo, Japan

Toride Art Project, Toride, Ibaraki, Japan


Niizawa Kizashi Prize (emerging artist prize), Niizawa Jozoten, Japan
Shiseido art egg (emerging artist support program), Shiseido Co.,Ltd., Japan

S-AIR Award: Residency at the Samuel von Brukenthal Foundation, Romania

Move arts Japan, command N / the Agency for Cultural Affairs

Art by Xerox (Artist support program), Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.

The 20th National Cultural Festival Fukui (committee Prize), Fukui


Fuchu Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Artist In School Project, ARCUS Project, Ibaraki, Japan

Bait Al Zubair Foundation, Muscat, Oman
National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
Samuel von Brukenthal Foundation, Sibiu, Romania

Hara Museum ARC Residence Program, Hara Museum ARC, Gunma

Artis in Residence (Move arts Japan), BEPPU PROJECT, Oita (2 weeks)
Artis in Residence (Move arts Japan), S-AIR, Sapporo (2 weeks)
Artis in Residence (Move arts Japan), ZERODATE ART PROJECT, Akita (1 week)
Kareizawa Artist in Residence, Kareizawa Club, Aomori

NEO-TOPIA, Akiyoshidai International Art Village, Yamaguchi (2 weeks)
Artis in Residence 2010 fall with grant, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori (3 months)
Asia Arts Link (AAL) Asian Artist Exchange Residency Program, Seoksu Art Project 2010, Anyang (Korea) (2 months)
Artist in Residence, Yokohama apartment, Yokohama (1month)

Artist in Residence, Midori Art Center (MAC), Aomori (2 months)
Time Blossoms, Kogane Studio/Hatsune Studio, Yokohama (1 month)
ART in Kimachi Project, Yamaguchi Institute of Contemporary Arts (YICA), Yamaguchi (1 month)

Koganecho bazaar Community, KoganeYaguchi Residence, Yokohama (1 month)

Open Studio program, Miyagi Museum of Art, Sendai (2 months)
GOTEN GOTEN Art Progect, Higashi-Naruko spa, Miyagi (2 weeks)
Artist in Studio Program, BankART Studio NYK, Yokohama (2 months)


Shoji, Sachiko(Curator, Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan), IN SEARCH OF CRITICAL IMAGINATION, February 2014, Fukuoka Art Museum, p. 100 – 101
Miyai, Kazumi, Curator, Moerenuma Park, Sapporo, Japan), Open End -Enduring / Lasting Dialogue, Abstract maps, Concrete territories, 2014, ,p. 20 – 21
Namba, Sachiko(Curator, I plus N Ltd.), Breathing Atolls, Breathing Atolls: Japan-Maldives Contemporary Art Exhibition, March 2012, Japan Foundation, p. 20-25
Hijikata,Uraka, To Wander a Garden, To Wander a Garden, June 2012, Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum / NOHARA, p. 93-97
Kondo Yuki(Curator, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Japan), Creating a place for signs, Artist in Residence Program 2010 / Autumn “B!KKUR!, March 2011, p. 46-52

Kawasaki, Shohei / Hasegawa, Yuko (Supervisor), ANA MEETS ART, Inflight Magazine of ANA Group, March 2012, p.170

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