Zai Nomura 

Born in Japan / Lives and works in New York

“What I do is like to expose something right before vanishing or remain just after the disappearance, or perhaps the ambiguous boundary between them both.”

Zai Nomura was born and grew up in Hyogo, Japan, and has been working between Tokyo and New York since 2020. Nomura received his Ph.D. in Fine Arts from Musashino University in Tokyo in 2013, and his MFA from Goldsmiths, the University of London in 2009. While living in Hyogo, he experienced the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995 and lost family members during the time of disaster. Following this, Nomura began to question his relationship with art and interrogate what he aims to establish and represent in the imagery and function of art. Recent exhibitions include: 333, Japan Society Gallery, New York, NY (2020); Mirror Behind Hole, gallery αM, Tokyo, Japan (2018); can’t rewind it, Soh Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2017, solo); and Aichi International Triennial 2016: Rainbow Caravan, Aichi, Japan (2016). From 2019 through 2021, Nomura received a grant from the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs and participated in the artist in residency program at ISCP (International Studio and Curatorial Program), Brooklyn, NY.



Education ​

2010-2013  Ph.D. at Musashino Art University
2007-2009  MFA  at Goldsmiths University of London  


Residencies and Awards

2021 Arte Laguna Prize, Venice, Italy
2019-20  International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), Brooklyn, NY
2019-20  The Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs Grant, Tokyo, Japan
2016  Lagos Art, Private Artist’s Residency, Hamburg, Germany
2013  MMM First Prize
2005  Musashino Art University, Laboratory Prize

Selected Exhibitions

2022 “At six and seven” Ulterior Gallery, NY, USA
2022- Traces of Yours, permanent exhibition, Syodo island, Japan
2022 “Séance Fiction”, NY, USA 
2021  “Echoes” Solo exhibition, Ulterior Gallery, , NY, USA
2020  “333”, Japan Society Gallery, NY, USA
2019  “IHI Innovation center”, permanent installation, Yokohama, Japan
2018  “MMM-10th annual exhibition”, Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan
2018  “Mirror Behind Hole ‒ Photography into Sculpture”  Curated by Yuri Mitsuda, at gallery αM, Tokyo, Japan
2017  “can’t rewind it”, solo exhibition at Soh Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2016  Hamburg Private Residency, Hamburg, Germany
2016  Aichi International Triennale ”Rainbow Caravan”,  Okazaki, Japan
2015  “Mortal” as Continuous Temporality Vol2 at COEXIT-Tokyo Gallery with Yosuke Bandai and Mari Katayama, Tokyo, Japan
2015  “Color (Non-allegiance) Silhouette” at Soh Gallery with Manami Seki and Takahiro Kamimura, Tokyo, Japan
2014  “Accumulation 1”, Solo exhibition at Soh Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2014  “MMM: Minato-Media-Art Museum” at MMM, Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan
2014  “Continuous Temporality” Duo exhibition with Takaaki Akaishi at COEXIST-Tokyo gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2014  “Dynamics of expression” Group exhibition at Harmas Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2013  “Taipei Art Fair”, Taipei, Taiwan
2013  “additional fugitive” Solo exhibition at Harmas Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2013  “The Dry Land” Solo exhibition at gFAL, Tokyo, Japan
2012  “Galley x Hikarie” Group exhibition at Shibuya Hikarie 8, Tokyo, Japan
2011  “ULTRA03” Group exhibition at Aoyama Spiral, Tokyo, Japan
2011  “Art Court Frontier 2011” Group exhibition at Art Court Gallery, Osaka, Japan
2010  “Zai Nomura Solo exhibition” at Harmas Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2010  “Beyond the Transform” Solo exhibition at gFAL, Tokyo, Japan
2009  “GROUP/GROPE” Group exhibition at Area 10, London, UK
2007  “10th Istanbul Biennale-MULTIPLE INTIMACY” Group exhibition at Osham Hamdy Bey Hall, Istanbul, Turkey
2007  “The Fall-In-Theatre Interim” Group exhibition at Ashwin Street Gallery, London, UK
2006  “Sevrin Contemporary Art Exhibition” Group exhibition at Sevrin Contemporary Art Museum, Romania ​

Public Collection ​

SEASiON, Shodo-island, Kagawa, Japan
RICOH, 3L building, Tokyo, Japan
The Beige, Siem Reap, Cambodia
IHI Innovation Centre, Kanagawa, Japan