Zero Higashida Japanese, b. 1996


Born in Hiroshima, Japan, Zero Higashida graduated from the Nihon University College of Art in 1984 and later the Tokyo University of Music and Fine Art in 1986. He attended the Studio School of New York in 1988, and received the Hiroshima Scholarship shortly thereafter in 1992. His mother having survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Higashida makes a point of addressing the catastrophe as an event that has indelibly altered the course of human history. Higashida’s simple forms, both rough and gestural, suggest the massive and the infinitesimal at the same time. They reflect at once the beauty, elegance, and harmony of balance, and the suspension of the atom and its relation to the universe. Utilizing steel, stainless steel, stones, and pieces of wood indigenous to Hiroshima, his surfaces ache with ragged edges, and suture-like wounds slice the planes. Favoring a state of precarious equilibrium, he tends to balance his forms on beveled edges and sharp points. Although haunted by the spectre of the atomic bomb, Higashida’s art also embodies, according to art critic Gerard Haggerty, the Japanese notion of chiritori: the planet’s power to heal and restore itself; as well as iconographic suggestions of important and influential individuals in the arts.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2010      Kouros Gallery, New York

1997      Kouros Gallery, New York

1997      Kouros Sculpture Center, Ridgefield, CT

1995      Fukuya Gallery, Tokyo

1995      Atogayama Gallery, Tokyo

1995      Hiroshima Museum of Fine Art, Japan

1994      Kouros Gallery, New York

1992      Philippe Staib Gallery, Kent Station, CT

1991      Philippe Staib Gallery, New York

1985      Fusoh Gallery, Ginza, Japan

1984      Chibah City Exposition, Japan

1982      Namiki Gallery, Tokyo

Selected Group Exhibitions

1994      Zero Higashida/Wendy Mark, 8 Greene Street, New York

1993      Art from New York: Leslie Dill, Steffi Frank, Zero Higashida, Wendy Mark, Lee Tribe and Leslie Wayne, Hiroshima Museum of Fine Art, Hiroshima, Japan

1990      Steel and Wood: Ruth Hardiger, Zero Higashida, Ludwika Ogorzelec, Lee Tribe and William Tucker, Philippe Staib Gallery, New York

1990      An Exhibit of Progressive Artists Working in the Industrialized World, Gallerie II Gallery, Houston, Texas

1990      Annual Lakeshore Outdoor Sculpture Exposition, Chicago, Illinois

1990      Sooner or Later: Edward Albee’s Eye, Hillwood Art Museum, Brookville, New York

1986      Japanese Gallery Association Exhibition, Central Gallery, Ginza, Japan

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