2003 MFA, Stanford University
1995 BFA, San Francisco Art Institute
1990-1994 Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Offsite: Kota Ezawa, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
The Curse of Dimensionality, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Paper or Plastic, Mendes Wood, Sao Paulo, Brazil
City of Nature, Feldbuschwiesner Galerie, Berlin, Germany
City of Nature, Murray Guy, New York, NY
City of Nature, Madison Square Park, New York, NY
Upstairs Downstairs, Prichard Art Gallery, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
Beatles Über California, Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt, Germany
Odessa Staircase Redux, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Medley, The Box, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis, MN
Group Show, Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt, Germany
Multiplex, Murray Guy, New York, NY
Kota Ezawa: Lennon Sontag Beuys, New Media Series, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
Dietmar Lutz & Kota Ezawa: Documenta, Arquebuse Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland
Hotel California, The Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London, England
The History of History, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver,
Re-Animating History, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA
Last Year At Marienbad, Gandy Gallery, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Kota Ezawa, Artpace, San Antonio, TX
The History of Photography Remix, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Matrix 154, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
Lennon Sontag Beuys, Murray Guy, New York, NY
On Photography, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
Version, New Langton Arts, San Francisco (and Michele O’Marah)
Who’s Afraid of Black, White and Grey, Haines Gallery, San Francisco
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
SLOW: Marking Time in Photography and Film, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL
The Unphotographaable, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Out of the Ordinary, Hirshhorn Museum, Wahsington, D.C.
The Sports Show, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
After Photoshop, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
The Sports Show, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Occupy Bay Area, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
The End, Vogt Gallery, New York, NY
Fax, San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Dwelling Life of Man, Photographs from the Martin Z. Margulies Collection, Foto Colectania
Foundation, Barcelona, Spain
HERE. Survey Exhibition on Contemporary and Historical Photography from the Bay Area, Pilara
Foundation, Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, CA
Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image, Smithsonian American Art Museum,
Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: The SECA Art Awards, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
The More Things Change, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Blink, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
H-Box, Artsonje Museum, Seoul, Korea
Serious Games: War-Media-Art, Mathlidenhöhe, Darmstadt, Germany
Super 8, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
The Image in Question, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
21st Century: Art in the First Decade, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Pervasive Influence: The Mechanical Bride, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada
The Tell-Tale Heart (Part 2), James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
New York Now, Murray Guy, New York, NY
Splicing Life, Contemporary Art Galleries, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Project 35, Saint Joseph College Art Gallery, West Hartford, CT
CUE: Artists’ Videos, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Video Art: Replay, Part 2, Everyday Imaginary, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
Remise Animation, Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst, Germany
Bruce Conner: Long Play and the Singles Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,
San Francisco, CA
Until Now: Collecting the New, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
3+3, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Talking Pictures, SITE, Santa Fe, NM
Dress Codes: The Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, International Center of Photography,
New York, NY
Grau Zero, Paco das Artes, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Suddenly This Summer, Sikkema, Jenkins & Co., New York, NY
Material Witness, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
Untitled (History Painting): Painting and Public Life in the 21st Century, University of Michigan Museum
of Art, Ann Arbor, MI
The Moving Image: Scan to Screen, Pixel to Projection, Orange County Museum of Art, CA
H Box: Matthew Buckingham, Cliff Evans, Kota Ezawa, Cao Fei, Orange County Museum of Art, CA
LandMark, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Between Grass And Sky: Rhythms of a Cowboy, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV
01SJ Biennial: Superlight, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
The 5th Seoul International Media Art Biennale, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Photography on Photography: Reflections on the Medium Since 1960, The Metropolitan Museum of
Art, New York, NY
The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality and the Moving Image; Part II: Realisms, Hirshhorn Museum
and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
The New Normal, Artists Space, New York, NY; Huarte Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, uarte, Spain;
The Decker Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland.
Two-Fold Fraction, PKM Gallery, Beijing, China
Ours: Democracy in the Age of Branding, Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School,
New York, NY
The Object is the Mirror (Part II), Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK
Southern Exposure, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA (traveled to Sydney MCA)
Animated Painting (travelling exhibition), San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA; El Cubo
at Centro Cultural Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico; Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa
Four Thursday Nights: Minus, Aspen Art Museum, CO
The Temporal Moving Image: Nam June Paik, Alan Rath, Kota Ezawa, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
On the Scene: Kota Ezawa, Sarah Hobbs, Angela Strassheim, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Image Processor, Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, NY
Videology, Gandy Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
SECA Art Award Exhibition, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
On Paper, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Out of Time: Contemporary Art from the Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Down by Law, The Wrong Gallery at the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art,
New York, NY
Històries Animades, Caixa Forum, Barcelona, Spain, traveling to Sala Rekalde, Bilbao, Spain, and to Le Fresnoy, France
Metro Pictures, The Moore Space/Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL
Suburban Escape: The Art of California Sprawl, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
Joint Venture, Richard L. Nelson Gallery, University of California, Davis, CA
The Last Generation, Apex Art, New York, NY, traveling to Jousse Entreprise, Paris, France
I Still Believe in Miracles, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris / ARC au Couvent des Cordeliers,
Seeing Double: Encounters with Warhol, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
In words and pictures, Murray Guy, New York City, NY
2004 California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Shanghai Bienniale 2004: Techniques of the Visible, Shanghai Art Museum
temporalscape, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Baja to Vancouver: The West Coast and Contemporary Art, traveling exhibition: Seattle Art Museum,
Seattle, WA; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA; Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC,
Canada; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA (catalogue)
simple.tech, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno, NV
Bay Area Now 3, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
AWARDS / FELLOWSHIPS
2013 Artist in Residence, Goethe Institut Villa Kamogawa, Japan
2011 Artist in Residence, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
2010 Eureka Fellowship, Fleishhacker Foundation, San Francisco, CA
2006 SECA Art Award
2005 Artadia Jury Award
Residency Fellowship, Akadmemie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award
Film Arts Foundation Mediamaker Award, Bay Area Video Coalition
2002 Jack and Gertrude Murphy Fellowship, The San Francisco Foundation
1995 Meisterschüler, Kunstakademie Dusseldorf
SELECTED SCREENINGS & LECTURES
Kota Ezawa, Graduate Lecture Series, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
The Hamburg International Short Film Festival, Hamburg, Germany
Panorama, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Reading Experimental Film Festival, Reading, UK
Mixtape, Image Movement, Berlin, Germany (solo screening)
International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany
Kota Ezawa, Visiting Artist Series, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
Animated Screen, CPH PIX, Copenhagen, Denmark
Kota Ezawa, Visiting Artist Program, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
TechnoIntervention and Reanimating History, Hastings College of The Law, San Francisco, CA
Le Syndrome Chinois, Musée du Louvre, Paris, France (solo screening)
The Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium, UC Berkeley Center for New Media, Berkeley, CA
European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrück, Germany
Three Days of Film Screenings by Contemporary Artists, Haunch of Venison, London, UK
Pervasive Animation, Tate Britain, London, UK
The Artists Cinema, Frieze Art Fair, London, UK
Fame As Form, San Francisco Cinematheque, CA
Premieres, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Courtisane Festival, Gent, Belgium
Impakt Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands
International Short Film Festival Berlin, Germany
International Festival of New Film, Split, Croatia
Beckman, Karen. Animation, Abstraction, Sampling: Kota Ezawa in conversation with
Karen Beckman, Grey Room, Issue 47, Spring 2012, pp 98-109.
Cassidy, Laura. The Curse of Dimensionality, Art Practical, February, 2012
Baker, Kenneth. Cursed, San Francisco Chronicle, February 11, 2012.
Reiger, Christopher. Review in Brief: Kota Ezawa at Haines Gallery, hungryhyaena.blogspot.com,
Quick, Genevieve. Kota Ezawa: The Curse of Dimensionality at Haines Gallery,
Temporary Art Review, January 25.
Karnig, Max. Opening: Kota Ezawa @ Haines Gallery, San Francisco, JUXTAPOZ, January 10.
Hotchkiss, Sarah. Kota Ezawa & Taha Belal at Haines Gallery, KQED.org, January 10.
Kota Ezawa The Curse of Dimensionality @ Haines Gallery, SF, JUXTAPOZ, December 21.
Wood, Sura. Contemporary Champions—‘2010 SECA Art Award’ & ‘Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: The
SECA Awards,’ Bay Area Reporter, December 22.
Beckman, Karen. Animation on Trial, Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume 6 No 3,
November 2011, pp 259-269.
Smith, Tara. Kota Ezawa – Feldbuschwiesner Galerie, Artforum.com, October, 2011.
O’Sullivan, Michael, How art works, The Washington Post, September 21, 2011.
Saltiel, Natalie, Kota Ezawa: City of Nature, Rhizome, April 15, 2011.
Hodgson, Simon, Enter the Outsider: CCA’s Kota Ezawa Scores with Smithsonian and New York,
CCA News, April 4, 2011.
Gopnik, Blake. Hard-core Beatles, The Daily Beast, April 4.
Hulme, Emily, More nature for Madison Square, amNew York, March 17, 2011.
Halle, Howard, Landscape becomes pop artifact, TimeOut New York, March 2011.
Helfand, Glen. Kota Ezawa, Artforum, January 2010.
Fischer, Jack. Reality Twice Removed, Stanford Magazine, July.
Odessa Staircase Redux, KQED Spark, first aired November 2009.
Silas, Marti. Vídeos do alemão Kota Ezawa são exibidos em mostra em SP, Folha SP, Brazil, November 4.
Kota Ezawa, The New Yorker, October 6, 2008.
Lewallen, Constance and Kota Ezawa, In Conversation: Kota Ezawa with Constance Lewallen,
The Brooklyn Rail, September 2008, pp.40-43.
Tissot, Karine. Dietmar Lutz & Kota Ezawa: Documenta, artreview, May 2008.
Ellegood, Anne, Matthew Buckingham, The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality, and the Moving Image,
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, D Giles Ltd,
London 2008, pp.134-137.
Kota Ezawa / Chris Finley / Jordan Kantor, The New Yorker, May 14.
Egan, Danielle. Drawing from History, The Globe and Mail, Friday, April 13, 2007.
Laurence, Robin. Visual DJ Ezawa puts spin on photo culture, The Georgia Straight, March 29 -
April 5, 2007.
Chun, Kimberly. The Video Guy, San Francisco Bay Guardian, January 24 – 30, 2007.
Hertz, Betti-Sue. Kota Ezawa, Animated Painting, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA, 2007.
Olson, Christopher, Kota Ezawa, Border Crossings, Issue 103, August 2007, pp. 138-140.
Janku, Laura Richard. 2006 SECA Awards, art ltd., March 2007.
Baker, Kenneth. SECA Award winners, San Francisco Chronicle, January 27, 2007.
Baker, Kenneth. Emblems of an Era as Seen From a Fresh Medium, San Francisco Chronicle,
January 21, 2006.
Keats, Jonathan. Kota Ezawa at Haines Gallery, Art in America, May 2006.
Mobley, Chuck. From A to Z and Back Again, Contemporary Magazine, Issue 82, pgs 36 - 37.
Bing, Alison. Kota Ezawa at Haines Gallery, Artweek, March 2006, Volume 37, Issue 2.
Higgs, Matthew. Kota Ezawa, Artforum, February 2005, 162-163.
Ratner, Megan. Kota Ezawa, Frieze Magazine, Issue 95, November - December 2005.
Kota Ezawa & John Smith in conversation. From Fame to Form and Pop to Hop, Camerawork, Volume 32,
No. 2, Fall/Winter 2005.
Stillman, Nick. Kota Ezawa, Time Out New York, Issue 524, Oct. 13-20, 2005.
Schwendener, Martha. Critic’s Pick: Kota Ezawa – Murray Guy Artforum.com, 2005.
Vine, Richard. Shanghai Accelerates, Art in America, pp.104-111.
Zellen, Jody. Reviews: West Coast – Santa Monica, Art Papers, July / August 2005.
Bing, Alison. Kota Ezawa and Michele O’Mara: ‘Version’: A Room for Debate, San Francisco Chronicle,
October 7, 2004.
Feldman, Melissa. Kota Ezawa at Haines, Art in America, April, 2004, p. 141.
Knight, Christopher. Coastal confluence: Geography links the art in ‘Baja to Vancouver,’ but it’s the social
landscape that resonates, Los Angeles Times, February 1, 2004, pp. E41, E48.
Baker, Kenneth. Who’s Afraid of Computer Animation – Or Modern Art by One of Italy’s Greats,
San Francisco Chronicle, November 22, 2003.
Hackett, Regina. A treck through West Coast art: ‘Baja to Vancouver’ at SAM explores the distinctive
cultural terrain of the Pacific corridor, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 9, 2003, section E
Farr, Sheila. SAM’s ‘Baja to Vancouver’ showcases impact of mass culture on West Coast art,
The Seattle Times, October 9, 2003
Bonetti, David. Contemporary Magazine, Issue No. 49, p. 25
Baker, Kenneth. Ezawa animates OJ Verdict, San Francisco Chronicle, October 25
PUBLICATIONS / BOOKS
Paper Space, San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, CA, January 2012, 4 pages.
Upstairs, Downstairs, (exhibition catalogue), University of Idaho, essays by Kevin Killian and Roger
Rowley, 20 pages.
Odessa Staircase Redux, JRP Ringier/ECU Press, 170 pages.
The History of Photography Remix, Nazraeli Press, essay by Lars Bang Larsen and Chus Martinez, 60 pages.
Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley, CA
Collection Neuflize Vie, Paris, France
Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angleles, CA
Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany
Margulies Collection at the WAREhouse, Miami, FL
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Microsoft Art Collection, Redmond, WA
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Museum of Modern Art, New York NY
Netherlands Media Arts Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Oakland Museum of California, CA
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia
Richard L. Nelson Gallery & Fine Arts Collection, University of California, Davis, CA
RISD Museum, Providence, RI
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT