Hitotzuki /   Kami and Sasu


Painting, Murals

Kami and Sasu
December 2, 2014

Kami and Sasu are husband and wife artist duo, both born in Tokyo, Japan. Behind their collaborative name Hitotzuki, they are combining elegant geometry with ebullient, uplifting colors, producing vibrant Zen murals and artwork.

The two met and began working together in 1999, after being published in the same free paper and got aware of each other’s work. In 2000 they participated in the acclaimed Barnstormers projects and have since been working and travelling around the globe with their son.

Having no formal art education, the two of them experimented through the years in a quest to find their unique, personal style. In a gradual process of trial and error, the wife, Sasu, started creating something like a mandala, putting images in symmetry, shapes next to shapes. Years later, this mandala-inspired shape became recognizable symbol of her work. Inspired by the natural elements around her, Sasu manages to blend her work into her home city’s busy streets. Her murals have a calming, almost meditative quality to them.

The name Hitotzuki stands for the sun and the moon, being contrary to one another, they differ yet still fuse together to make a whole. Their work is done dynamically and with freehand. With Kami providing the strong wavy composition punctuated by Sasu’s flamboyant geometric patterns, Sasu best describes this as ‘Kami’s waves are the beat, and my symbol is the melody.’ This vision breathes new life into the sense of beauty derived from the street, and has succeeded in invigorating the era with a steady stream of vivid new landscapes, aimed at expanding the stage for creativity rooted in the dimension of street culture.
Kami and Sasu started using blue and black color scheme in 2008. Being comfortable with this blue scale of colors, they are using it since, which is becoming their identifiable and familiar flair.

In 2010, they painted two murals. First an installation at Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, called Firmament, afterwards Omni, an installation at Backwoods Gallery in Melbourne, Australia. From firmament, which stands for sky and heavens to omni, meaning ‘all, in all ways or places’, the duo continues their process and progress, a journey through their artworks and inspirations.

Kami and Sasu are currently stationed in Tokyo, Japan.

YearExhibition titleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Fly AwayAsnal Kanayama, Kanayama, NagoyaGroup
2013Hitotzuki exhibition 'Portation'Pinebrooklyn, OsakaSolo
2013Hitotzuki exhibitionKohoku, Yokohama, KanagawaSolo
2013A posted Scenery TokyoGroup
2013Back in the PoolMaison Hermès Ginza, TokyoGroup
2013AbilightThe Japan Foundation Center, Hanoi, VietnamGroup
2012Quality Time with ArtThe Base Taipei, TaiwanGroup
2012Public Fair No.1Kowloon, Hong KongGroup
2011Art for TomorrowTokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, TokyoGroup
2011Matsudo Art line projectMatsudo, ChibaGroup
2011Art Facade projectTokyoGroup
2011Hitotzuki exhibition 'Continuum'72and Sunny, Los AngelesSolo
2010Roppongi CrossingMori Museum, TokyoGroup
2010BasaraSpiralhall Aoyama, TokyoGroup
2010Hitotzuki exhibition 'OMNI'Backwoods Gallery, Melbourne, AustraliaSolo
2009Urban Art GuideBerlin, GermanyGroup
2009CultivateHong KongGroup
2008Akasaka art flowerAkasaka, TokyoGroup
2008Names FestPraha, Czech RepublicGroup
2008OykotGinza Graphic gallery, TokyoGroup
2007On the wallSakuragicho, YokohamaGroup
2007ResidentsCenter Setagaya, TokyoGroup
2007Ginza TropicaliaMiami, U.S.Group
2006Jewerly fiestaFierra Milano, Milano, ItalyGroup
2006OutsidesWuppertal, GermanyGroup
2006Hitotzuki exhibition 'Tokinowamawarutokinowa'Fifty24SF Gallery, San Francisco, U.S.Solo
2005X-color graffiti in JapanArt tower Mito, JapanGroup
2005Berlin-Tokyo street art expoYoyogi, TokyoGroup
2005Hitotzuki exhibition 'Land'Gallery Point, TokyoSolo
2004Barnstormer's showSECCA Museum, North Carolina, U.S.Group
2004CommunicationUrbis Museum, Manchester, U.K.Group
2004Catalyst artists in residenceContemporary Museum, Honolulu, U.S.Group
2003Street wise 2Gallery Kunsthof, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2003Kami+Sasu Expo90sqm Gallery, Amsterdam, NetherlandsSolo
2000Mural 'Burnstormers'North Carolina, U.S.Group