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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."


Pencil painter / Tomo Sakurai

PencilArtist / Tomo Sakurai

Born in Nagano, Japan. Lives and works in Tokyo.

Tomo Sakurai had an awakening of her talent in pencil drawing as a teenager.

It was the beauty of the shadow that completely fascinated her.

After she studied graphic design at art university, she went ahead to the path of the black and white by self-study.

She draws conceptual art based on "The duality of things" and "Liberation from the limitations of the unconscious".

Pencil artist who expresses color in monochrome.


Nagano Prefecture, was born. Lives in Tokyo.

At the age of 13, she was fascinated by the beauty of shade and began drawing pencil drawings.

Studied graphic design at an art university, then self-taught to the path of pencil drawing. I went another way once, but 13 years later, I started drawing again after a certain thing.

Draw conceptual art at an intermediate point, centering on "two-sidedness of things" and "freedom from unconscious restrictions".

A pencil artist who expresses colors in monochrome.

Overseas, it has a contract with "GALERIE bruno massa", which has offices in Paris, NY, South Korea, and Georgia, and has an agent contract with a management company in Japan.

Established TOMO ART WORK STUDIO in 2021.

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.


        2007     Graduated from Yokohama College of Art and Design, Yokohama, Japan

Solo Solo

       2021     TOMO SAKURAI Print Exhibition Vol.1 (RESURRECTION, Tokyo)

       2020     Tomo Sakurai Exhibition (Off The Street Gallery, Tokyo)

        MONOCHROME 2020 Tomo Sakurai exhibition (Art Gallery SANAGI, Tokyo)


       2021     Tomo Sakurai and shinPo mai 2person exhibition "Totan no me" (Laugh & Peace Art Gallery, Osaka)

              Installation of a 2 person exhibition "Silver Factory" (Double tall art & Espresso bar, Tokyo)

Art Fair

       2021     ART FAIR TOKYO 2021 (Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo)

       2020     artTNZ produced by AFT with APCA (TERRADA ART COMPLEX II, Tokyo)


       2020     Korea Art Museum (Soul, Korea)


       2007   "Yokohama College of Art Graduation Exhibition" Encouragement Award

        2007  Graduated from Yokohama College of Art and Design, Department of Graphic Design

        2021  Established TOMO ART WORK STUDIO

Solo exhibition

      2021  TOMO SAKURAI Print Exhibition Vol.1 (RESURRECTION, Tokyo)

      2020  Tomo Sakurai Exhibition (Off The Street Gallery, Tokyo)

   MONOCHROME2020 Tomo Sakurai Original Painting Exhibition (Art Gallery Chrysalis, Tokyo)

Group exhibition

       2021     Tomo Sakurai and shinPo mai Two-person exhibition-Bud of charcoal coating- (Laugh & Peace Art Gallery Osaka, Osaka)

              Installation Two-person Exhibition "Silver Paper Factory" (Double tall art & Espresso bar, Tokyo)

              Secret exhibition "UNCHAiN" (Harajuku somewhere, Tokyo)

Art fair

       2021   Art Fair Tokyo 2021 (Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo)

       2020   artTNZ produced by AFT with APCA (TERRADA ART COMPLEX II, Tokyo)


       2020     Korean Art Museum (Seoul)


       2007 "Yokohama College of Art and Design Graduation Exhibition" Encouragement Award



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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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