Alex Kukai Shinohara




1988-92 La Guardia High School of Music and Art.
1992-96 Rhode Island School of Design ; Bachelor of Fine Arts , Painting HONORS
1992 Mark Rothko Award (sponsored by the Daily News and the Mark Rothko Fund)




“New York”, Hankyu’s Art Festival with HP France, Osaka, Japan
“Raw Narrative”, Fairleigh Dickerson University, New Jersey
(SOLO), Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, Texas
“Scenes from New York City in Drawing” (SOLO), Juichigatsu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“Spirit”, SIA Gallery, New York “Scenes from New York City in Drawing” (SOLO), Tenri Cultural Institute, New York
“Alex Kukai Sketchbook Series” (SOLO), hpgrp Gallery, New York
“Love is Roarrrr! Plus One”, hpgrp Gallery, New York
“Message from New York”, Trace Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
2013 “Summer Breeze” Zoya Tommy Contemporary, Houston, Texas
“Beacon Art Open Studios”, Beacon, New York
“Art for Japan”, Art Exhibition to help the Earthquake and Tsunami victims in Japan, Ise Culture Foundation, New York
“New York Story”, HP FRANCE, Tokyo HAPPY HOUR !!, Ise Cultural Foundation, New York
“First Look 2010 Emerging Artist Series New Tale for Our Age”, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, New Jersey
Independent Drawing Gig 4, Artbreak Gallery, New York
Dumbo Art Festival, New York
ArtHaus Mami, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts
“Karan Koron”, Melt Gallery, Los Angeles
Dumbo Art Festival, New York
“ILLMATIC” (SOLO), Ise Cultural Foundation, New York
“Alex Kukai Shinohara Presents” (SOLO), B Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“Flying Lunch Box” (SOLO), Juichigatsu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“Popping” (SOLO), Juichigatsu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Jersey City Open Studio Tours, New Jersey
“Painting Above The Clothes” (SOLO), Brooklyn Suger, New York
“Chinatown Firehouse”, Chinatown Firehouse, New York
“Liquidation”, Gallery 128, New York
“D.U.M.B.O. Arts”, open studio shows, New York
Group show, WoodsGerry Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island Group show,
Gallery Yamaguchi, Tokyo, Japan
“Art of Godzilla” , The World Children’s Art, Okazaki Museum, Okazaki, Japan “Kukai Appears!” , Kouchi Museum, Kouchi, Japan Group show,
WoodsGerry Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island




2017 Kindle eBooks “Spider Cat in New York City” ‘“New York City Memoirs 1970” Chapter 1&2
2016 Houston Chronicle
2013 The
2009 Comic “Twilight Comic”
2005 Comic for Art news paper “INNER CRUSH SCENE”(published by Gaku) 2004 CD jacket design “Big Jack Zelig” Big Jack Zelig CD jacket design “ILNANA” babamania
1998 Comic “Janice”




2004 “Summer Boogie”, babamania (song writer, art direction)




Midori Yoshimoto, PH.D and Aileen June Wang, PH.D : “New Tales For Our Age” (catalogue), Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 2009 “New Tales For Our Age”, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 2009
New York, NY — ALEX KUKAI invites you to an exhibition of new works by the artist
in his SKETCHBOOK SERIES show at H.P.F, Christopher boutique in the West Village, New York City.
Beginning in the late 1990’s aboard New York City Transit, the multiplicity of culture
captured Alex Kukai. It produced a spiral of ink in the artist’s signature graphism style.
The sketches illustrate not only urban enclave, but a beehive-like energy.
The project idled until this year. Prompted by conversations with residents and tourists to New York City on their experiential perspectives of the city, the artist drew again. Alex Kukai notes, “As an artist doing this work, I feel like a medium for the city and these drawings.”
May 28th – June 14th
To attend the opening reception, please e-mail a rsvp guest list to
Opening Reception
Thursday, May 28th, 2015 • 6pm – 8pm
Alex Kukai
Ne Alexander Kukai Shinohara, Alex Kukai was born in 1974 in New York City as the first and only child of Ushio and Noriko Shinohara. Upon graduating from the La Guardia High School of Music and Art in New York in 1992, he received a Mark Rothko Award sponsored by the Daily News and Mark Rothko Fund. He moved on to study painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, from which he graduated with a B.F.A. in 1996. Since then, he has shown his work in a number of solo exhibitions and group exhibitions both in Japan and the U.S. In 2009, he was included in New Tale of Our Age, co-curated by Midori Yoshimoto and Aileen Wang, who introduced ten emerging artists in the greater New York metropolitan area at Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit. A versatile artist, Alex Kukai published his comics, including Twilight Comic (2009), and designed a CD jacket for Babamania’s ILNANA. Along with Noriko, he was featured on an online site,; in 2014, he was included in Love Is A Roar-r-r-r! Plus One, a one-family exhibition curated by Reiko Tomii for hpgrp GALLERY NEW YORK.
In its catalogue, Tomii wrote: “Alex Kukai is a versatile artist who makes paintings, drawings, sculptures, and comics, among other things. . . . Just like his parents, he is blessed with a graphic gift. Since his childhood, “to draw was to breathe for him,” observes his mother. But what sets him apart from the parents is his “very strong wrist,” in the loving and proud words of his father. His “strength” is amply demonstrated by many of his recent drawings marked by precise and sharp lines. Another factor that distinguishes him in the family is his intimate knowledge of street culture of New York… His work incorporates elements of street art, hip-hop music, and underground culture, … revealing an inspired sense of design imbued with edgy yet often buoyant feelings.”
H.P.F, Christopher
98 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014