TENGAone

TENGAone portrait

Profile

TENGAone (b. 1977) is a street artist based in Tokyo. His alias derives from the notion of “Ga ga Tenshoku (TenGa)”, which translates to “Art is My Calling.”

TENGAone grew up in a neighborhood near an American military base where he frequently encountered American-style graffiti such as tags and throw-ups done by the personnel who had brought their home country’s art movement over to Japan. This firsthand exposure to graffiti culture had a profound effect on the artist, and at the age of 14 he began creating his own graffiti using spray paint. In 2007, after having worked as a graphic designer and a web design professional for several years, he began his official career as an artist. His practice encompasses a wide range of genres including street graffiti and murals on commercial and public facilities, as well as sculpture and graphic design. His artworks have also been exhibited at contemporary galleries and art fairs.

In May 2018, he exhibited a collaborative piece with Takashi Murakami, MADSAKI, Snipe1, and ONEZKER at Beyond The Streets in Los Angeles.

Exhibition History
2018 “BEYOND THE STREETS” Los Angeles, USA
2017 “Fabrication” BLOCK HOUSE, Tokyo
“RO・SEN・ZU” Gallery TRAX, Yamanashi
“AN ANNUAL” WAG GALLERY, Tokyo
2016 “Sonoaida” Tennozu Isle, Tokyo
“BUCKLE KOBO OPENING” BUCKLE KOBO, Tokyo
2015 “SIDE CORE -TOKYO WALKMAN-” HIROMI YOSHII ROPPONGI, Tokyo
2014 “POP&STREET” Seibu Department Store, Shibuya, Tokyo
“BCTION” New Kojimachi Building, Tokyo
“SIDE CORE –Expression of Public Sphere-” Seibu Department Store, Shibuya, Tokyo
2011 “IUTER GRAND OPENING” Milan
“Sb“FILL”HARMONY Vol.2” Fukagawa Garage, Tokyo
2010 “Crazy Crimers 2” Gallery Caso, Osaka
2009 “OTSUYA” Compound Gallery Oregon, Oregon, USA
“BLOC28 by DISNEY” Hong Kong, China
“BLOC28 by DISNEY” Los Angeles, USA