Born 1965 in Tokyo. Completed postgraduate studies in the Mural Painting Course, Tokyo University of the Arts in 1991. Solo exhibitions; "Answer with Yes and No!, " 2004, Mori Art Museum, "The Invisible Runner Strides on," 2009, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art. Group exhibitions; "Xijing Men Collaborative," 2013, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, "Beppu Contemporary Art Festival 2012: Mixed Bathing World," 2012, city of Beppu and surrounding area, Oita "The Global Contemporary - Art Worlds After 1989," 2011, ZKM, Karlsruhe
As a student at Tokyo National University of the Arts, Ozawa began his Jizo-ing series in which he photographs statues of Jizo that he makes himself situated in different environments In 1993, he began his Nasubi Gallery series of portable, miniature galleries made from milk boxes, and his Consultation Art. In 1999, he produced his Museum of Soy Sauce Art remakes of masterpieces from Japanese art history painted with soy sauce, and in 2001, began his Vegetable Weapon series of photographic portraits of young women holding weapons made of vegetables.
About works / performance
Beyond a specific media, I have tried to make art works full of humor and wit, commenting on history and the times in which we live with a supple sensitivity and creativity. I hope my series of works in Japan and around the globe maintain a critical edge without shouting unnecessarily, slyly enticing the viewer with a unique warmth.
JIzoing - Kibaale swamp [Uganda] 2008 Type C print 24x33.8cm
Vegetable Weapon: Taco Placero / Mexico City 2011 Type C print 113 x 156cm
Dekirukana 2010 (Can you do it? - 2010) 2010-11 Lacquerd chest, oil on remnant, bottle, paper bag, etc.
Everyone likes someone, as you like someone 2006-2012 Mixed media
White Out - Kanzeonji Temple, Dazaifu 2008 Type C print 124.9 x 302cm
Xijing Men (Ozawa Tsuyoshi, Chen Shoaxiong, Gimhongsok) Welcome to Xijing - Xijing Olympics 2008 Video 34'58"
The Return of Dr. N 2013 mixed media dimensions variable
The Tower of Babel in Beppu Tsuyoshi OZAWA x Taro TASUNO, International Mixed Bathing Tower Chorus 2012 Video 20'44"