Naotaka Hiro


Naotaka Hiro, Untitled (Pegs), 2021

Naotaka Hiro (b. 1972 in Osaka, Japan) lives and works in Pasadena, California. Hiro received his BA from University of California, Los Angeles, in 1997, and MFA from California Institute of the Arts, in 2000. His work is in the collections of MoMA, New York; The Whitney Museum, New York; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; and many more.

Hiro’s work has also been exhibited at MOCA, Los Angeles; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena; LAXART, Los Angeles; Centre d’Art Contemporain, La Ferme du Buisson, France, among others. Hiro has had solo exhibitions at Herald Street, London; The Box, Los Angeles; Misako & Rosen, Tokyo; Brennan & Griffin, New York; and Shane Campbell, Chicago. He is the recipient of grants and awards from the Art Matters Foundation and the Asian and Pacific Islander Artist Presenting Initiative.


Featured Image (Installation View) of exhibtion: Shadow Tracer: Works on Paper

Shadow Tracer: Works on Paper

9 Dec 2022 – 2 Apr 2023

Aspen Art Museum
Featured Image (Installation View) of exhibtion: New Abstracts: Recent Acquisitions

New Abstracts: Recent Acquisitions

12 Nov 2022 – 29 May 2023

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Featured Image (Installation View) of exhibtion: Open Storage: 25 Years of Collecting

Open Storage: 25 Years of Collecting

26 Aug 2022 – 29 Apr 2023

The Warehouse, Dallas, TX
Featured Image (Installation View) of exhibtion: Sand-Man


24 Jun – 26 Aug 2022

39 Walker
Featured Image (Installation View) of exhibtion: Green Door

Green Door

6 Oct 2021 – 13 Nov 2022

Herald St.
Featured Image (Installation View) of exhibtion: Armor


29 May – 1 Aug 2021

The Box
Featured Image (Installation View) of exhibtion: In the Ravine

In the Ravine

27 Oct – 24 Nov 2019

Misako & Rosen, Tokyo
Featured Image (Installation View) of exhibtion: Made in L.A., 2018

Made in L.A., 2018

3 Jun – 2 Sep 2018

Hammer Museum


John Yau Naotaka Hiro and Embodying the Act of Painting Hyperallergic Aug 2022Adam Lehrer Art World Undercover #4, Naotaka Hiro at Bortolami Gallery Safety Propogranda Jul 2022Rossana Albertini Naotaka Hiro: again, art is a mental thing Albertini 2014 the kite Jul 2022Allison Strauss Gallery Rounds: Naotaka Hiro Artillery Jun 2022Annabel Osberg One Work: Naotaka Hiro’s “Untitled (at Dawn) Art in America Jul 2021Andrew Goldman Fireworks and Art for the Fourth of July Art Matters Jul 2021Ann Binlot 'myselves': 4 artists interpreting the body in the age of the pandemic Document Sept 2020Diane Solway, Antwaun Sargent and Janelle Zara BEST IN SHOW: Six artists who are taking their work to a new level W Magazine Jan 2019Kavior Moon A Multiplicity of Perspectives Artnews Aug 2018Will Whitney Naotaka Hiro: Gibbous The Brooklyn Rail Oct 2017Eli Diner Naotaka Hiro: The Box, Los Angeles, USA Frieze Jan 2017Leah Ollman Review: The Human Cocoon: Naotaka Hiro’s primal art, made from within LA Times Jan 2017Claire de Dobay Rifelj Naotaka Hiro at The Box Contemporary Art Review LA Dec 2016Andy Campbell Los Angeles “Protuberances” Artforum Sept 2016Catherine Taft Introducing Naotaka Hiro ArtInfo Nov 2007