As a seasoned Nihonga artist, Junya Tsubota celebrates the four seasons of Japan within his work. Particularly concentrating on natural phenomena and forms, such as water and sky, he contrasts these elements with unearthly bright color. His central focus with this melding of styles and subject matter is to bring a new form of harmony into the space the painting is displayed in. Tsubota’s works have appeared in exhibitions across Asia, Europe, and North America.


Born in Saitama, Japan in 1974
Lives and works in Saitama, Japan
2001 Received Master’s degree at Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate school of Fine Arts, Major in Nihonga
1999 Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, School of Fine Arts, Department of
Painting, Major in Nihonga
【Selected Solo Exhibitions】
2023 Junya Tsubota Nihonga-ten: Suimen ni Kirameku (Ikebukuro Tobu, Tokyo)
2021 Junya Tsubota Nihonga-ten: Water and Universe (Fukuya Hacchobori, Hiroshima)
Junya Tsubota: Water and Universe (Seizan Gallery, Tokyo)
2018 Junya Tsubota Nihonga-ten (Abeno Harukas, Osaka, continued in 2020)
Junya Tsubota Nihonga-ten (Funabashi Tobu, Chiba)
2016 Junya Tsubota: Nihonga-ten (Niigata Mitsukoshi, Niigata)
Junya Tsunota: Nihonga-ten (Tokyu Kichijoji, Tokyo)
Junya Tsubota Nihonga-ten: Shiki no Kanade (Ikebukuro Tobu, Tokyo)
2015 Junya Tsubota Nihonga-ten: Hikari no Niwa (Sendai Mitsukoshi, Miyagi)
2014 Junya Tsunota: Nihonga-ten (Seizan Gallery, Tokyo)
2013 Junya Tsubota: Nihonga-ten (Shinsaibashi Daimaru, Osaka)
2010 Junya Tsubota-ten (Gallery A BIENTOT, Tokyo, continued in 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018
2009 Junya Tsubota-ten (Shinseido gallery, Tokyo)
2005 Junya Tsubota: Reflection (Tenmonkan gallery, Kagoshima)
2004 Junya Tsubota: Spring (Gallery Restaurant with Bar Zodiac, Tokyo)
Junya Tsubota-ten (Art Space Rashinban, Tokyo, continued in 2006, 2008, 2019)
【Selected Group Exhibitions】
2023 SUMMER GROUP SHOW 2023 (SEIZAN Gallery, New York)
Art Taipei 2022 (Taipei World Trade Center, SEIZAN Gallery Booth, Taiwan)
2022 Art in Japan (Ginza Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)
Transition of Diversity (Park Hotel, Tokyo)
2021 Art no Mikata (Ginza Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)
Yoh no Kai (Yoh Gallery, Tokyo)
The Dragon’s Thrilling Flight Through the Sky (GINZA SIX Artglorieux, Tokyo, through 2022)
2020 The Red (Iwataya Mitsukoshi, Fukuoka)
Ke-iro Fude-iro (SOEI GALLERY, Tokyo, continued every year afterwards)
2019 SUMMER EXHIBITION 2019 (SEIZAN Gallery, New York)
2018 Nihonga: Contemporary Art of Japan (SEIZAN Gallery, New York)
KALEIDOSCOPE (Niigata Mitsukoshi, NIigata; Funabashi Tobu, Chiba)
2017 SM toiu Neko (Gallery Seek, Tokyo, continued in 2019, 2021, 2022)
Shinshun Manpuku! Onenga-ten (FEI ART MUSEUM YOKOHAMA, Kanagawa)
Contemporary Art no Sekai (Nagoya Mitsukoshi, Aichi)
2016 20th Anniversary Tokubetsu Kikaku-ten (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
2014 KALEIDOSCOPE (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
2013 Sense-ten (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
2009 Something Precious (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo, through 2018)
2008 ART SALAD Kankoku-ten (KWANHOON gallery, Seoul)
kaleidoscope (Daimaru Sapporo, Hokkaido; Daimaru Tokyo, Tokyo)
2001 Honorable Mention for Aogaki 2001 Nihonga-ten
1997 Atake Award (Tokyo University of the Arts)