Yuken Teruya

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Yuken Teruya (jp.照屋 勇賢 Teruya Yūken, born 1973) is an artist based in New York City.


Teruya was born in Okinawa.


He works in a variety of media and often references consumer culture alongside traditional craft techniques.[1] He often manipulates the ancient Japanese art of Kirigami with the use of unusual materials.[2] An example of his art is the series of McDonald's and other high-end, designer store bags into which Teruya cuts intricate tree shapes that are then pushed through into the interior of the bag, creating an enclosed environment within.[3] Using a scalpel knife instead of a traditional scissors, he creates works that appear three-dimensional.[4]


  • 2001 MFA: School of Visual Arts, NY USA AKA America
  • 1999 Post Baccalaureate, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
  • 1996 BFA: Tama Art University, Tokyo Japan

Selected exhibitions[edit]

Selected solo exhibitions[edit]

2011 "Journey": Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica

2010 "My Great Grandma Is USA": Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan

"Earn lots of money. No need to write any letters, Just send home the money first": Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York

2007 "Giving Tree Project": Murata & Friends Gallery, Berlin, Germany

"Free Fish": Asia Society and Museum, New York

2006 "Straight Flavor - Yuken Teruya" Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan

2005 "Forest Inc.": Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York

Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany

2002 Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica

Selected group exhibitions[edit]

2010 "Roppongi Crossing": Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

"Ties over Time: Japanese artists and America": Exhibition at the Residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Tokyo, Japan

2009 "Hundred Stories about Love": 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Ishikawa, Japan

2008 "Art Scope, 2007/2008": Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

"Wall Rockets": The FLAG Art Foundation, New York

2007 "Attention to Detail": The FLAG Art Foundation, New York

"The Shapes of Space": Guggenheim Museum, New York

2006 "Asian Pacific Triennial": Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

2005 "Greater New York": P.S.1, Contemporary Art Center, New York

"Yokohama 2005: International Triennale of Contemporary Art": Yokohama, Japan


  • 2007 Painters and Sculptors Grant Program Award, Joan Mitchell Foundation, US
  • 2006 Artist in Residence Award, Art Scope Daimler Chrysler Japan, Japan
  • 2005 NYFA fellowship - Lily AuchinclossLily Auchincloss Fellow 200 -Vision of Contemporary Artists, Japan
  • 2005 Emerging Artist Award, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Arts, US
  • 2001 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Fellowship, Skowhegan, US



  1. ^ Shinya Watanabe, Yuken Teruya Introduction Archived November 13, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., SpikyArt.org
  2. ^ "Japanese artists evolve historical techniques". CNN Style. 2018-11-05. Retrieved 2018-11-06.
  3. ^ MocoLoco.com Archived November 2, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Japanese artists evolve historical techniques". CNN Style. 2018-11-05. Retrieved 2018-11-06.

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