E’wao Kagoshima

E'wao Kagoshima’s evocative visual language straddles the purviews of both New York pop, Japanese cartoons and the intuitive practice of the surrealists. The artist’s early works, made before his move to New York, pull from his autobiography as an artist coming of age in post-war Japan. Kagoshima’s artwork invites viewers into a cultural subconscious that is at once playful and haunting.


E'wao Kagoshima was born in Niigata, Japan in 1945. The artist received an MFA from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts in 1969.

Solo exhibitions of Kagoshima’s work have taken place at: the New Museum in New York City; Nagai Gallery in Tokyo, Japan; The Box in Los Angeles, California; Greenspon Gallery in New York City; Mitchell Algus Gallery in New York City; and Galerie Gregor Staiger in Zurich, Switzerland.

Kagoshima’s work has been included in exhibitions at: the Sculpture Center in New York City; the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania; the Jewish Museum in New York City; MoMA PS1 in New York City; and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, UK.

Since 1976, Kagoshima has lived and worked in New York City.