Since its opening in 2005, Onishi Gallery has featured contemporary Japanese artists who work in a range of media, including ceramics, metalwork, lacquer, glass, sculpture and painting. These artists are united in their common embrace of tradition in the creative process, and they are distinct in their exquisite and diverse modes of expression. Onishi Gallery merges the past with the present through the presentation of historically rich explorations of traditional art forms and ambitions experimentations in new formats in the center of the international contemporary art scene in Chelsea, New York City.
Many Onishi Gallery artists are represented today in the permanent collections of major museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Worcester Museum of Art. Several of Onishi Gallery’s artists have also been designated “Living National Treasures” by the government of Japan, and play an important role in passing on their historic creative legacies to younger generations in Japan and to those abroad. Committed to the promotion of international artistic and cultural exchange, the Gallery works closely with New York-based organizations such as Japan Society, Asia Week New York, the Japanese Art Society of America (JASA), and online art platforms such as Artsy.
Nana OnishiOwner and DirectorNana Onishi graduated from Kanazawa College of Art, one of Japan’s most prestigious art colleges, and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree at the Pratt Institute in New York City. She worked as a curator in Japan, Italy, and New York before opening her own gallery, where she has developed a unique focus that caters to art collectors and Museums. Onishi opened her own gallery in Chelsea, New York City in 2005 with a mission to introduce leading Japanese artists like “Living National Treasures” to international collectors and museums. She was featured in the Newsweek Japan in 2009 as one of the "Top 100 Japanese that the World Respects."
As a gallerist, Onishi's philosophy embraces her Japanese roots and merges them with her passion for international contemporary art. Through her gallery exhibitions and special projects, she builds a bridge between Japan and the United States, circulating art and artists in both countries. Onishi Gallery has represented several artists who have been designated “Living National Treasures” by the Japanese government for passing on their historic creative legacies to younger generations in Japan and abroad. Many of their works are currently included in the permanent collections of major museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Onishi Gallery represents artists who are key figures in Japan today, and who will continue to be key influencers in the future.