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モノクロームアーティスト 桜井 智
Tomo Sakurai


"I chose monochrome(black and white) because there is something that color cannot convey."


Monochrome artist


Born in Nagano Prefecture. Graduated from Yokohama College of Art, Department of Graphic Design. A painter who excretes the polarity of things in black and white, she has struggled with the contradictions of the world since her teenage years, and balances her body and mind by drawing pictures. She draws in monochrome, overlaying philosophical elements on abstract matters such as human perception and quantum mechanics. Her production philosophy is to free the viewer from stereotypes and to make them aware of moderation. She uses a wide range of expressive techniques, mainly abstract paintings, but also installations.Furthermore, With an exhibition at the Carrousel du Louvre (France) in 2022, she started a conceptual art project that combines upcycling of bamboo and mourning dress (Kimono) with contemporary art, and is now widely disseminated both in Japan and abroad.


サスティナブル × 現代アートプロジェクト

This is an attempt to embody "GOEN" itself, a sensory language that cannot be directly translated in foreign languages connected through artwork, from the perspective of sustainability and contemporary art. The first phase of the project will be an exhibition at several venues in Paris, the place of origin, in January 2024.



   2022  Y=(0.298912*R+0.586611*G+0.114478*B) (Tokyu Plaza Shibuya, Tokyo)

   2021  TOMO SAKURAI Print Exhibition Vol.1 (RESURRECTION, Tokyo)
 2020  MONOCHROME 2020 Tomo Sakurai exhibition of original (Art Gallery SANAGI Shinjuku, Tokyo)


 2023  Crossing Borders with ART 2023(DDD ART, Tokyo)

Art Fair

 2022  FOCUS Art Fair Paris (Carrousel du Louvre, Paris)

   2021  ART FAIR TOKYO 2021 (Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo)
 2020  artTNZ produced by AFT with APCA (TERRADA ART COMPLEX II, Tokyo)


 2022  "1st Millennium Arts: Makino Mitsunori International Art Grand Prize Exhibition" Encouragement Award

   2007  "Yokohama College of Art Graduation Exhibition" Encouragement Award


  2023  Aida Mitsuo Museum (International Forum, Yurakucho)

  2020  Korea Art Museum, (Soul, Korea)



  2022  Y=(0.298912*R+0.586611*G+0.114478*B) (東急プラザ渋谷、東京)

  2021  TOMO SAKURAI Print Exhibition Vol.1 (RESURRECTION、東京)

  2020  MONOCHROME2020 桜井智原画展 (Art Gallery サナギ、東京)


  2023  Crossing Borders with ART 2023 (DDD ART, Tokyo)

  2021  Tomo Sakurai and shinPo mai 二人展-塗炭の芽- (Laugh&Peace Art Gallery吉本興業 、大阪/上之町會館、岡山)


  2022  FOCUS Art Fair Paris (カルーゼル・デュ・ルーブル、パリ)

  2021  アートフェア東京2021 (東京国際フォーラム、東京)

  2020  artTNZ produced by AFT with APCA (TERRADA ART COMPLEX Ⅱ、東京)


  2023  東京タワー


  2022 「第一回牧野満徳国際芸術大賞」奨励賞

  2007 「横浜美術短期大学卒業展」奨励賞


  2023  相田みつを美術館 (国際フォーラム、有楽町)

  2020  韓国美術館 (ソウル)


2024 CHARLES & KEITH グローバル旗艦店 (渋谷)



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Yin and Yang

When I am silent, I fall into that place

Where everything is music


Today I have seen the works by contemporary artist Tomo Sakurai. It was an arranged meeting in the sunny winter day. I’m always happy to go out on the days like this. Everything was black and white, the simplicity of colors made me turn my attention to the texture, gradations, mysterious forms, that move, expend, sing in its own language. No, not language, they sing in silence. I always try to fill my wardrobe with colors and my days with music, and I guess I miss some other beautiful aspect of life.  

Once I’ve heard that when you are sad it’s like the world looses it’s colors. Our emotions effect how we see the world, how we react, what we expect. But the world without colors, is it so bad? The world is just stripped out of it’s clothes and accessories, fancy perfumes and make up. 

And what is left then? Just naked truth.   

The truth that we are afraid to face. Some people is afraid to be alone for even sometime, because they don’t want to face themselves as they are. Imperfect, hurt maybe, but a beautiful human who can love, share joy, overcome challenges. The truth is very simple, colored in white and black.  

Some people turn on TV just to avoid the silence, and not knowing that silence speaks more than any sounds. And black and white may express much more than any colors. 

In the tarot deck there is a “Death” card, portraying a skeleton, but the meaning is not a death itself. The meaning is transformation and rebirth, facing the truth. Skeleton, without skin or muscles, nothing left but the truth. 

If I keep writing I feel I will produce even more chaotic thoughts. Let me stop here with realization of something important and something still covered in mystery. I will stop right now and sit in silence facing noting else but the truth.    












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