• Installation view at Aichi Triennale 2019
    Photo: Ito Tetsuo


Painted onto a large wall, this work shows a group of four human figures snuggling up against each other in the center, and a majestic looking architectural structure, a sky with clouds, fluttering flags, giant hands on stairs, and a round object that looks like the sun as it sinks into ー or rises out of ー the sea, scattered around them.
Given the title, "Missing Piece," the four figures look as if they got together to mourn the loss of something or someone, or to cooperate with each other in a complementary way. The artist is also known for creating several different versions of his original "Tekun" character ー basically a hand with eyes and a nose, and although not always clearly distinguishable, the motif of the hand appears also in this work, in the form of two large hands at the bottom, and the human figures' feet that look just like hands clutching the ground.
On the wall itself, there are still visible traces that remind the viewer of the fact that there used to be another building adjacent to this house. Considering also that this is a venue where live concerts take place on a daily basis, the title seems to be indicating how new life is being breathed into the building with its "missing piece."

WASHIO Tomoyuki

  • Born 1977 in Aichi, Japan
  • Based in Aichi, Japan
  • Photo: Akihito Mizukami

Washio Tomoyuki, who is self-taught, creates a diverse body of work which spans multiple media and genres: illustration, graphic design, animation, photography, murals exhibited both indoors and out, as well as sculpture and fashion featuring Tekun, a character of his own making. He is well versed in music and street culture, and playfully depicts a world that extends out of the everyday. His recent activities include the self-initiated project Invader Ladutorm, which brings together artists from different disciplines. For Aichi Triennale 2019, Washio will create a large-scale mural based on the festival's theme "Taming Y/Our Passion" on the stage for the music program, which will be held in the Shikemichi/Endoji area.

Selected Works & Awards

2019 TEKUN WAS HERE (solo), THE LITTLE HUT, Taipei, Taiwan
2016 Tomoyuki Washio’s WILD THINGS (solo), Art Lab Aichi, Aichi, Japan
2016 ACG Exhibition: Art Court Frontier 2016 #14, ARTCOURT Gallery, Osaka, Japan
2016 Very Addictive Re-Extension of Aesthetics in Daily Life, MOCA Yinchuan, Yinchuan, China
2014 Awazu Kiyoshi: Makurihirogeru(EXPOSE)1 Art Running Wild: AWAZU Kiyoshi and Performance, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan


Endoji Parking Lot


1-11-10 Nagono, Nishi-ku, Nagoya 451-0042 JAPAN




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・9 minutes on foot from Marunouchi Station on the Sakura-dori Subway Line or Tsurumai Subway Line.
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・13 minutes on foot from Nagoya Station.