Born 1969 in Cologne, Germany
Lives and works in San Francisco


2003 MFA, Stanford University
1995 BFA, San Francisco Art Institute
1990–94 Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

Solo Exhibitions

Murray Guy, New York
Chrysler Museum, Norfolk Virginia
The Thingness of an Object, Feldbuschwiesner Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2014 Panorama, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
The Aesthetics of Silence, Haines Gallery, San Francisco
2013 REDRAWN, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Boardwalk, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
2012 The Curse of Dimensionality, Haines Gallery, San Francisco
Offsite, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
2011 Paper or Plastic, Mendes Wood, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Feldbusch Wiesner
(video gallery), Berlin
City of Nature, Murray Guy, New York
City of Nature, Madison Square Park, New York
2010 Upstairs Downstairs, Pritchard Art Gallery, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
Odessa Staircase Redux, Haines Gallery, San Francisco
2009 Video del mes: Kota Ezawa – Lennon Sontag Beuys, Matadero, Madrid
Group Show, Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt
Medley, Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis, MN
Medley, The Box, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus
2008 Brawl, Harriet & Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, California State University, Los Angeles
Multiplex, Murray Guy, New York
Documenta (with Dietmar Lutz), Arquebuse, Geneva
Kota Ezawa: Lennon Sontag Beuys, New Media Series, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
2007 Last Year at Marienbad, Gandy Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
Hotel California, Hayward Gallery, London
The History of History, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Emily Carr Institute, Vancouver
Kota Ezawa: Re-Animating History, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA
2006 Artpace, San Antonio, TX
Haines Gallery, San Francisco
2005 Matrix, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
Lennon Sontag Beuys, Murray Guy, New York
On Photography, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
2004 Version (two-person exhibition), New Langton Arts, San Francisco
2003 Who’s Afraid of Black, White and Grey, Haines Gallery, San Francisco
2001 AAA (with Karla Milosevich), Grove Street Windows, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery

Selected Group Exhibitions

Last Year in Marienbad: A Film as Art, Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany
No Place like Home: Selections from the Sue and John Wieland Collection of Contemporary Art, Brigham Young University Museum, Provo, UT
Watch This! Revelations in Media Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Screen Play: LIfe in an Animated World, Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY
2014 Fundamental Abstraction III, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Between Critique and Absorption
 Contemporary Art and Consumer Culture
, Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI
Out of the Ordinary, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
The Unphotographable, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
Ed Ruscha: Books & Company, Gagosian Gallery, New York; Museum Brandhorst, Munich, Germany
Proximities 2: Knowing Me, Knowing You, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
2012 After Photoshop: Manipulated Photography in the Digital Age, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The Sports Show, Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, Minneapolis, MN
2011 11 Lights on the Bay, The Apartment, Vancouver
Serious Games. War – Media – Art (Curated by Antje Ehmann and Harun Farocki), Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge MA; Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt, Germany
2010 Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Pervasive Influence: The Mechanical Bride, Contact Photography Festival, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto
Until Now: Collecting the New (1960-2010), Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
CUE: Artists’ Videos, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
Bruce Conner and the Singles Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Endgame, Slaughterhouse Space, Healdsburg, CA
2009 Talking Pictures, Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
Dress Codes: The Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, International Center of Photography, New York
An Autobiography of the San Francisco Bay Area. Part One: San Francisco Plays Itself, SF Camerawork, San Francisco
Material Witness, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
Suddenly This Summer, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York
The Moving Image: Scan to Screen, Pixel to Projection, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Superlight, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH
H-Box, Orange Country Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
The Moving Image: Scan to Screen, Pixel to Projection, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Untitled (History Painting): Painting and Public Life in the 21st Century, University of Michigan Art Museum, Ann Arbor, MI
2008 Brought to Light: Photography and the Invisible, 1840–1900, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Photography on Photography: Reflections on the Medium since 1960, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality, and the Moving Image, Part II: Realisms, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
01SJ Biennial: Superlight, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, traveling to Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland (2009)
Worlds on video – Video Arte Internazionale, Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence
Framing and Being Framed: The Uses of Documentary Photography, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Ours: Democracy in the Age of Branding, Parsons The New School for Design / The Vera List Center for Art and Politics, New York
Floating Architectures and Constant Centers: Some Projections, Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
The 5th Seoul International Media Art Bienniale, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
Kiki: The Proof Is In the Pudding, Ratio 3, San Francisco
My [Public] Space, Nederlands Institut voor Mediakunst, Montevideo/Time Based Arts, Amsterdam
Southern Exposure, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
The New Normal, Artists Space, New York; Huarte Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Navarra, Spain; The Decker Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD; Canzani Center Gallery, Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OH (2009); Pomona College Museum of Art, Montgomery Art Center, Claremont CA; DiverseWorks, Houston, Texas (2010); Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Recent Acquisitions, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Two-Fold Faction, PKM Gallery, Beijing
The Object is the Mirror (Part II), Wilkinson, London
Into the Atomic Sunshine – Post-War Art under Japanese Peace Constitution Article 9, Puffin Room, New York; Daikanyama Hillside Forum, Tokyo; Okinawa Prefectural Museum of Art and Sakima Art Museum, Okinawa, Japan (2009)
2007 Animated Histories, Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Animated Painting, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego; Centro Cultural Tijuana, Mexico (2008); Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, Grinnel , IA (2009)
Geopolitics of Animation, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Seville, Spain
Kota Ezawa/Alan Rath/Nam June Paik Haines Gallery, San Francisco
Matthew Buckingham, Francis Cape, Kota Ezawa, Matthew Higgs, Murray Guy, New York
On the Scene: Kota Ezawa, Sarah Hobbs, Angela Strassheim, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Image Processor, Lombard-Freid Projects, New York
Videology, Gandy Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
2006 SECA Art Award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
2006 Ruby Satellite, California Museum of Photography, UC Riverside, CA
NextNew2006: Art and Technology, San Jose ICA, San Jose, CA
Regarding Truth, San Francisco/Bay Area 2005 Artadia Award Recipients, Wattis Institute, San Francisco
Out of Time – A Contemporary View, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Golden State – New Statements by California Artists, Paulson Press, Berkeley, CA
Histoires Animées, CaixaForum, Barcelona; Sala Rekalde, Bilbao, Spain; Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, France
Metro Pictures, MOCA, Miami, FL
Down By Law, Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Joint Venture, Richard L. Nelson Gallery, University of California, Davis, CA
2005 The Last Generation (curated by Max Henry), Apexart, New York; Jousse Entreprise, Paris
Drawn out, Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago
Bay Area Bazaar, Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery, Portland, WA
I still believe in miracles: 1. drawing without paper, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris (catalogue)
Seeing Double: Encounters with Warhol, The Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
in words and pictures, Murray Guy, New York
2004 Shanghai Biennale 2004, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai (catalogue)
California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA (catalogue)
Temporal Scape, Haines Gallery, San Francisco
Baja to Vancouver: The West Coast and Contemporary Art, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco (catalogue)
Color Value, Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago
2002 Bay Area Now 3, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (catalogue)
Murphy & Cadogan Awards Show, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco
2000 Fall Out, Otis Gallery, Los Angeles
1999 Spiel des Lebens, Hauptpost, Düsseldorf, Germany (catalogue)
1997 Better, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery
1995 Rhine Video, Anthology Film Archives, New York
1993 Düsseldorf, Cologne–A Village Gaze, Anthology Film Archives, New York

Public Collections

Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Microsoft Art Collection, Redmond, WA

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

The Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

The RISD Museum, Providence, RI

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC

Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

University of California, San Francisco

University of Texas, Austin, TX

Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT

Selected Bibliography

2015 Catlin, Roger. “In this Exhibition You Can Play with the Artworks, Or Even Be the Art.” Smithsonian.com, 8 May 2015
 Mizonta, Sharon. “Kota Ezawa filters big events through a deadpan aesthetic,” Los Angeles Times, February 6, 2014.
Chassepot, Béatrice. “The essential remains,” Art.es, (February) 2014.
2012 Beckman, Karen. “Animation, Abstraction, Sampling: Kota Ezawa in conversation with Karen Beckman.” Grey Room 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
Hotchkiss, Sarah, “Kota Ezawa & Taha Belal at Haines Gallery.” KQED Arts, January, 2012
Quick, Genevieve, “Kota Ezawa: The Curse of Dimensionality at Haines Gallery.” Temporary Art Review, January 25, 2012  
2011 Beckman, Karen. “Animation on Trial.” Animation 6, no. 3 (November 2011), pp. 259–275
Beil, Ralf, and Antje Ehmann, eds. Serious Games:  Krieg, Medien, Kunst. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2011
Sutton, Benjamin “Kota Ezawa’s Pop Art Ode to Nature in Movies Takes Madison Square Park Tomorrow.” The L Magazine, 30 March 2011
2010 Helfand, Glen. “Kota Ezawa.” Artforum (January 2010)
Zsolnay, Robert. “The Artist as Translator.” Mercedes Magazine
2008 Ellegood, Anne. “Kota Ezawa.” In The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality, and the Moving Image. Washington, DC: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution; London: D Giles Ltd, 2008, pp. 134-137
Ezawa, Kota. “Screening Rooms – or Return to Vaudeville.” American Art (Summer 2008), pp. 11-14
Lewallen, Constance and Kota Ezawa. “In Conversation: Kota Ezawa with Constance Lewallen.” The Brooklyn Rail (September 2008), pp. 40-43
“Kota Ezawa.” The New Yorker, 30 September 2008
2007 Egan, Danielle. “Drawing from History.” The Globe and Mail, 13 April 2007
Ezawa, Kota. “The History of History at Charles H. Scott Gallery. Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design,
Vancouver, BC, Canada.” Art on Paper (July/August 2007), p. 74
Hertz, Betti-Sue. “Kota Ezawa.” In Animated Painting. San Diego: San Diego Museum of Art, 2007
Laurence, Robin. “Kota Ezawa – The History of History.” Straight.com
Olson, Christopher. “Kota Ezawa.” Border Crossings, no. 103 (August 2007), pp. 138-140
2006 Baker, Kenneth. “Emblems of an era as seen from a fresh medium.” San Francisco Chronicle, 21 January 2006, p. E10
Bang Larsen, Lars and Chus Martinez. “For the Love of Photography.” In The History of Photography Remix. Portland:
Nazraeli Press, 2006
Bing, Alison. “Kota Ezawa at Haines Gallery.” Artweek (February 2006)
Gonzalez Valdez, Michelle. “Kota Ezawa.” NYArts (November-December 2006)
Keats, Jonathon. “Kota Ezawa at Cheryl Haines.” Art in America (May 2006), p. 197
Mobley, Chuck. “From A to Z and back again.” Contemporary, no. 82 (June 2006)
Voorhies, James. “Regarding Truth.” In Artadia San Francisco Bay Area 2005. San Francisco: Artadia: the Fund for Art and Dialogue, pp. 5-6.
Waxman, Lori. “Kota Ezawa Lennon Sontag Beuys.” para-para, no. 021, pp. 2-3
2005 Goldsmith, Meredith. Art Papers (January/February 2005)
Goldstein, Leigh. “Kota Ezawa.” artkrush.com
Higgs, Matthew. “Openings: Kota Ezawa.” Artforum (February 2005), pp. 162-163
Lettre_ Internationale, no. 009 (December 2005), pp. Cover, 2, 12, 19, 46, 49, 51, 53, 55
Ratner, Megan. “Kota Ezawa.” frieze, no. 95, (November-December 2005), p. 136
Schwender, Martha. “Kota Ezawa.” artforum.com, 22 September 2005
Smith, John. “From Fame To Form and Pop to Hop: in conversation with Kota Ezawa.” Camerawork 32,
no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2005), pp. 6-15
Tumlir. Jan. “California Biennial.” Artforum (February 2005), p. 168
Vine, Richard. “Shanghai Accelerates.” Art in America, pp. 104-111
Zellen, Jody. “Santa Monica.” Art Papers (July/August 2005), p. 57
2004 Bing, Alison. “A Room for Debate.” SFGate, 13 October 2004
Buckner, Clark. “Critic’s Choice: Art; Version, New Langton Arts.” San Francisco Bay Guardian, 13 October 2004
Coupland, Ken. “Distant Recall” RES 7, no. 6 (November/December 2004)
Feldman, Melissa E. “Kota Ezawa at Haines.” Art in America (April 2004)
Knight, Christopher. “Coastal confluence.” Los Angeles Times, 1 February 2004
2003 Baker, Kenneth. “Who’s Afraid of Computer Animation—Or Modern Art by One of Italy’s Greats,” San
Francisco Chronicle, 22 November 2003
Bonetti, David. “News – San Francisco.” Contemporary (Spring 2003)
Hackett, Regina. “SAM Explores the Distinctive Cultural Terrain of the Pacific Corridor.”
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 9 October 2003
“Kota Ezawa.” Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation 2003 Awards Catalogue, pp. 24-25
2002 Baker, Kenneth. “Ezawa animates OJ Verdict.” San Francisco Chronicle, 25 October 2002
Tromble, Merideth. “Bay Area Now 3.” Stretcher (November 2002)