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Toru Hayashi is a conceptualist based in New York who creates endearing images. After studying mathematics and art in Japan, Hayashi moved to Brooklyn in 1990. He was enrolled in the AIM program at the Bronx Museum and was included in a group show, "Artist in the Marketplace Exhibition," there in 1994. Since then, he has participated in several group exhibitions,  including Momenta Art (1996), White Columns (1999), Japan Society (2007), and WhiteBox (2018) in New York. His first residency at CAMAC in France in 2004 led him to other residencies, including a one-year in the Museum of Asian Art in Berlin from 2009 to 2010, granted by Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan, at Confederation Gallery in Prince Edward Island in 2006, at Sanskriti Kendra Foundation in New Delhi in 2007, at Millay Arts in Austerlitz, NY, at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA, and Spring Workshop in Hong Kong in 2016. His solo exhibitions include "Memory Lane" at Nairs Lab in Scuol, Switzerland (2023), "WHERE I AM" at Store Front in Tokyo, and "Savorscape" at The Gallery, New York (2021).

Lives and works in New York



1990    Setsu Mode Seminar, Tokyo, Japan

1988    B. S. Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan


Solo Exhibition

2023    "WHERE I AM," Store Front, Tokyo, Japan

            "Memory Lane," Nairs Lab, Fundaziun Nairs, Scuol, Switzerland, curated by Stefanie


2021    "Savorscape," The Gallery, New York

2017    "Equivocal Landscape – The Color Annotation," Reid Hall, Paris, France, curated

            by Jean-Yves Coffre

2001    "Travel Agency Garden: A MANHATTAN TOUR," Ise Foundation, New York, curated

            by Reiko Tomii


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018    “A Colossal World: Japanese Artists and New York, 1950s – Present,” WhiteBox, New York,                          curated by Kyoko Sato

2017    "Full House," White Columns Online, White Columns, New York, curated

            by Elizaveta Shneyderman

2012    "Views of Life," hpgrp gallery, New York, curated by Reiko Tomii

2010    "We are the islands," Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

            "almost the same, but not quite," 48 Stunden Neukölln 2010, Damen Salon, Berlin, Germany

            "Landscape and Solitude," KUMUKUMU Gallery, New York, curated by Mako Wakasa

2007    "Making a Home: Japanese Contemporary Artists in New York," Japan Society Gallery,

            New York, curated by Eric C. Shiner (catalogue)

2006    "Perceiving Beauty: art, science and human nature," The Confederation Centre Art Gallery,                          Prince Edward Island, Canada, curated by Alexandra Keim

2005    "Influence," Centre d’Art. Marnay Art Centre, Marnay-sur-Seine, France

2003    "Japan: Rising," Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, Florida, curated

            by Dominique Nahas and Michael Rush (catalogue)

2001    "Pioneering Spirit: Colbert Art Walk 2001," Hermès, New York, curated by Simon Watson

1999    "Outer Boroughs," White Columns, New York

1998    Asian American Arts Alliance’s 15th anniversary gala, St. Peter’s Church, New York

            "Big Art in small places ’98," Downtown Arts Festival 1998, Charas/El Bohio Cultural and

            Community Center, New York

1997    "First Look," Downtown Arts Festival 1997, Lucky Strike, New York

1996    Momenta Art, Brooklyn, New York

1994    Artist in the Marketplace Exhibition, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, New York (catalogue)



2022    Participation in the session “Got an Art Problem?” by Nayland Blake, June 10, 2022, Whitney

            Biennale 2022 ("Quiet as It's Kept"), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

1997    "T*A*K*A* out of BUSINESS," Taka, New York

Artist Residency

2023    Fundaziun Nairs, Scuol, Switzerland

2017    CAMAC (Centre d'Art. Marnay Art Centre), Marnay-sur-Seine, France

2016    Spring Workshop, Aberdeen, Hong Kong

            Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, Virginia, USA

            The Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY, USA

2014    Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, USA

2009    Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany

2007    Sanskriti Kendra, Sanskriti Foundation, New Delhi, India

2006    The Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Parks Canada, Prince Edward Island, Canada

2004    CAMAC (Centre d’Art. Marnay Art Centre), Marnay-sur-Seine, France


2021    Grant. City Artist Corps Grants, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York

2017    Grant. Ténot Foundation, France

2016    Fellowship. Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, Virginia, USA

2016    Fellowship. The Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY, USA

2009    Fellowship. Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan

2006    Fellowship. The Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Prince Edward Island, Canada

2004    Grant. Ténot Foundation, France

1999    Grant. Change, Inc., New York

1999    Grant. The Wheeler Foundation, Brooklyn, New York



2008    "Nectar's root as far as its Resonance reaches," Poetry by Mari Kashiwagi, Shichosha,

            the book cover image. Tokyo

2007    "Making a Home: Japanese Contemporary Artists in New York," the exhibition catalogue,

            Japan Society, New York, pp. 86-89. New York

2001    "Equivocal Landscape," Open City #12, Equivocal Landscape, pp. 43-48. New York


Public Collection

The Columbus Museum, Columbus, Georgia



2006    "Perceiving beauty." The Guardian. C4. Prince Edward Island, Canada, July 18

2002    Wesley, Jay. "travel agency garden." Dutch 37, pp. 17. The Netherlands

2001    Smith, Roberta. "Art in Review." The New York Times. July 6

1994    Cotter, Holland. "A Showcase for Artists Learning Their Business." The New York Times. August 19

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