About

Masaaki Noda was born in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan, in 1949, and he studied at Osaka University of Arts. Seeking more individual self-expression and feeling restricted by cultural and artistic conventions, he moved to New York City in 1977 on a scholarship to the Art Students League of New York. While in Japan, Noda had already been inspired by the spirit of modern Western styles, particularly op art and geometric and systematic elements. Although he quickly became established, he still felt restricted by cultural and artistic conventions. Having sundered these bonds by emigrating to Manhattan, where he ended up in the heart of SoHo, he embarked on his independent artistic journey, free of schools and systems, though never, of course, ultimately free of the influence of his birth culture and environment.
What has followed has been a unique mix of visual delicacy, formal aesthetic, and spiritual response to the natural world with the untrammeled energy and larger artistic scope opened up for Noda by New York City and its nearly half century of expressionistic and conceptual freedom.   Anthony Liversidge, Masaaki Noda New Paintings and Sculpture. 2003. Andre Zarre Gallery, 2003, p.2.

Masaaki Noda in China Town loft in 1978 Making Silk Screen

Masaaki Noda Remembers Second Year in New York
Complete Biography of Masaaki Noda.
Exhibitions, Awards, Public Art Listing in Japanese.
Interview of Masaaki Noda – Japanese.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

  • 2019 Hiro Gallery, Tokyo / Hiro Gallery Izuokawa, Shizuoka
  • 2018 Consulate of General of Greece in New York, New York, NY
  • 2017 Bijyutsu Gallery of Tenmaya, Fukuyama, Hiroshima, Bijyutsu Gallery of Tenmaya, Okayama
  • 2016 Fukuyama Museum of Art, Fukuyama, Hiroshima
  • 2010 Marathon Start Exhibition Center, Marathon Municipality, Greece
  • 2009 DEREE The American College of Greece, Athens, Greece Gallery Kiku, Osaka
  • 2008 Howard Salon, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2007 Artforum Sani Gallery, Sani, Greece
  • 2006 Fukuyama Museum of Art, Fukuyama, Hiroshima
  • 2005 European Cultural Centre of Delphi, Delphi, Greece / Astrolavos Art Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 2003 Andre Zarre Gallery, New York Shenzhen Museum of Art, China
  • 2001 Art Com Gallery, Osaka, Japan
  • 2000 Gallery Hiro, Tokyo
  • 1999 70th Art Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1995 Galerie Les Cyclades, Antibes, France
  • 1992 SPF USA Gallery and Library, Inc., Washington, DC
  • 1991 Fukuyama Museum of Art, Fukuyama, Hiroshima / Gallery Hiro, Tokyo
  • 1990 Gilbert Luber Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1990 Artist Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1989 Wenniger Graphics, Boston, MA
  • 1988 Mari Gallery, Westchester, NY
  • 1987 Gilbert Luber Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1986 Gallery Hiro, Tokyo
  • 1986 Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Osaka
  • 1985 Galley Downtown, Fort Worth, TX
  • 1984 Miriam Perlman Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1984 Belle Arts Gallery, Nyack, NY
  • 1982 A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, Inc., New York, NY
  • 1982 Miriam Perlman Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1982 Kew Gallery, New York, NY 1981
  • Selected Public Arts:

  • 2019 “Eternity Resting Place of Lafcadio Hearn,” 2.8mh, Stainless steel, Koizumi Yakumo Memorial Park, Shinjyuku, Tokyo
  • 2019 “Ambition,” 4.8mh, Stainless Steel, Eishin Junior High School, Fukuyama, Hiroshima
  • 2019 “Eternity,” 1.77MH, Stainless Steel, Consulate of General of Russia, Toyonaka, Osaka
  • 2018 “Revelation,” 5mh, Stainless Steel, YHRP Museum, Hiroshima University Hospital, Hiroshima
  • 2018 “Ascension,” 1.86mh, Stainless Steel, Consulate General of Greece, New York, NY
  • 2016 “Enlightenment,” 1.8x2x1.2m, Metallic Color on Stainless Steel, Kannabe Civic Center of Fukuyama City, Fukuyama, Hiroshima
  • 2015 “Endless Possibility,” 4mh, Stainless Steel, Shigiya Machinery Works LTD. Fukuyama, Hiroshima
  • 2015 ”Splendor,” 1x1x0.8mh, Metallic Color on Stainless Steel, The Japanese American Association of New York, NY
  • 2014 “Lafcadio Hearn-Odyssey of an Open Mind,” 2.2mh, Stainless Steel, Lafcadio Hearn Historical Center, Lefkas, Greece
  • 2014 “Seeker-N2”, 2.2mh, Metallic Color on Stainless Steel, Noda Metal Working Industory LTD, Higashi Osaka
  • 2012 “The Future Is Now,” 7.15mh, Stainless Steel, Fukuyama Rail Road Station, Fukuyama, Hiroshima
  • 2012 ”Serenity,” 3.35mh, Granite Stone, “Infinite Resonance,” 2.7x3m, 3-7Floor, Glass Window, “Rebirth,” 0.8x3m Glass Partition, Kokoro Hospital, Fukuyama, Hiroshima
  • 2011 “Gale Flash Back,” 3.85mh, Stainless Steel, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima
  • 2011 ”Evolution,” 4×1.9m, Window Glass, “Quest,” 4.6×2.8mh, Automatic Door, Fukuyama City University, Hiroshima
  • 2010 “The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn,” 2.7mh, Stainless Steel, Kishi Park, Matsue, Shimane
  • 2010 “The Spirit of Hermes,” 5mh, Stainless Steel, Marathon Stadium, Marathon Municipality, Greece
  • 2009 “The Open Mind of Lafcadio Hearn,” 4mh, Stainless Steel, The American College of Greece, Athens, Greece
  • 2009 “Genesis,” 3mh, Stainless Steel, Fukuyama Museum of Art, Fukuyama, Hiroshima
  • 2008 “Sublime,” 0.3mh, “Pursuit,” 0.8mh, Glass Sculpture, “Beyond Boundaries,” 2.5×7.5m, Mural Painting, Fukuyama City Center Library, Fukuyama, Hiroshima
  • 2005 “Apollo’s Mirror,” 3.8mh, Stainless Steel, European Cultural Center of Delphi, Delphi, Greece
  • 2004 “Perpetual Flight VI The Rising to The Firmament,” 3.5mh, Stainless Steel, Shenzhen Museum of Art, Shenzhen, China
  • 2004 “Perpetual Flight V Luminary,” 3.5mh, Stainless Steel, Kannabe, Fukuyama, Hiroshima
  • 2002 ”Perpetual Flight III Dream Catcher,” 5mh, Stainless Steel, Tode High School, Fukuyama, Hiroshima
  • 2000 “Perpetual Flight II Beyond Time and Space,” 6mh, Stainless Steel Sculpture, Fukuyama, Hiroshima
  • 1997 Stained Glass, “Rising to the Firmament,” 2.25×6.3m, “Coming and Going and Vicissitude,” 2×5.5m, Keihan Rail Road Uji Station, Uji, Kyoto
  • 1982 International Aerial Art Orchestration (Sky Sculpture), Central Park, New York, NY
  • Selected Public Collections:

  • Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY
  • Art Students League of New York, New York, NY
  • Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
  • Consulate General of Russia, Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan
  • Corfu Museum of Asian Art, Corfu, Greece
  • Duxbury Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA
  • European Cultural Centre of Delphi, Delphi, Greece
  • Fukuyama Museum of Art, Hiroshima, Japan
  • Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
  • Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, Hiroshima, Japan
  • Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe, Japan
  • Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum, Shimane, Japan
  • Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Minnesota Art Museum, Minnesota
  • National Art Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, KY
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
  • Portland Art Museum of Fine Art, Portland, OR
  • Shenzhen Museum of Art, Shenzhen, China
  • Shibuya Museum of Art, Hiroshima, japan
  • State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Taipei Museum of Art, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Tama Art University Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
  • YHRP Museum, Hiroshima, Japan
  • Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art. Yamanashi, Japan
  • Consulate General of Greece in New York, NY
  • DEREE The American College of Greece, Athens, Greece
  • Embassy of Greece in Japan, Tokyo, Japan
  • Embassy of Japan, Athens, Greece
  • Embassy of Ireland in Japan, Tokyo, Japan
  • Fukuyama City Hall, Hiroshima, Japan
  • Hofstra Museum, Hempstead, NY
  • The Japanese American Association of New York, New York, NY
  • Lefkas Cultural Center, Lefkada, Greece
  • Marathon City, Marathon Municipality, Greece
  • Shinjyuku City Hall, Tokyo, Japan

Awards

1976
  • Osaka Mayor Prize – The 26th Exhibition of Modern Art, Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Fukulka, (Municipal Museums).
  • 1979
  • The Carl J. Blenner Prize – 78th Annual Exhibition, New Haven Paint and Clay Club, CT.
  • Purchase Award – 31st Boston Printmakers Annual Exhibition, MA.
  • 1980
  • Purchase Award – Charlotte Printmakers 4th Annual Eastern States Print Exhibition, NC.
  • 1982
  • Purchase Award – 3rd Annual Alabama Works on Paper Exhibition
  • Traveling Show – The Kennedy-Douglas Center for the Arts in Florance, Alabama; College, Georgia; The Alabama School of Fine Arts, Birmingham; University of North Georgia, Dahlonega; Atmore Council of Fine Arts, Atmore; Auburn University in Montgomery.
  • Fourth Prize – The 9th International Dogwood Festival Art Show, Atlanta Playhouse Theatre & Georgia Tech Student Center Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
  • 1983
  • Purchase Award – The Active Members Exhibition, New Haven Paint & Clay Club, CT.
  • 1984
  • Honorable Mention Award – 11th International Dogwood Festival Art Show, GA.
  • Second Prize – Carrier Art Festival, (Organized by Carrier Foundation Auxiliary) Gymnasium, NJ.
  • Second Prize – 10th Annual International Miniature Art Show, Minature Art Society of Florida, Inc. FL.
  • Second Prize – 9th Annual American National Miniature Show, Laramie Art Guild, WY.
  • Stella Drabkin Memorial Award – 40th American Color Print Society Exhibition, Abington Art Center, PA.
  • Third Award – 85th Annual Watercolor Exhibition, The National Art Club, New York, NY
  • 1985
  • Purchase Award – 12th International Dogwood Festival Art Show GA.
  • Honorable Mention Award – 7th Annual International Show, Montana Miniature Art Society, Castle, MT.
  • Migration, ’85 Traveling Exhibit.
  • 1986
  • Third Award – The 15th National Small Painting Show, New Mexico Art League, NM.
  • Purchase Award – Heart of America National Small Painting Show, New Mexico Art League, NM.
  • Honorable Mention Award – 13th International Dogwood Festival Art Show, GA.
  • First Award – First Annual International Miniature Art Show, Georgia Miniature Art Society, Atlanta, GA.
  • 1989
  • First Award – 16th International Dogwood Festival Art Show, GA.
  • Second Award – 11th Annual International Show, Montana Miniature Art Society, Castile Gallery, MT.
  • Honorable Mention Award – 1989 National Art Show, North Valley Art League, CA.
  • 1992
  • Third Prize – International Competition, the IWA Foundation, Czechoslovakia
  • 1999
  • The John Taylor Arms Memorial Award – Audubon Artist 57th Annual Exhibit, New York.
  • 2000
  • Purchase Award – Society of American Graphic Artists 68th National Members Exhibition, Stephen Gang Gallery, New York, NY.