Hanae Sasaoka


Grayish -Hanae Sasaoka

In ancient times humans created masks for performing art, which support actors’ playing by recalling their emotions. Otherwise adding divine features to a funeral mask would allow the deceased to enter the “after life” with God’s face. Masks have been explored under many different aspects throughout the history of art, according to times and civilizations. Nowadays as the time has passed the civilization has become more sophisticated, many people, not just actors and aristocrats, have started to make up, behave, and express their social faces according to their culture and rules, when engaging in social activities. She calls our faces a modern “mask” here. Mask turned out to be a visual identity. Accordingly there will be no fights, fire and quarrels. The mask will even prevent any virus. Stereotyped emoji-ish face expressions can advance a human’s communication skill. Hanae thinks it is  “sociale expressie, armor, pantser and glijmiddel”. We can fully disguise ourselves as a perfect-human who never exchanges any unnecessary expression and demonstrates other information, including mood and can be accompanied by gestures, prosody and contextual cues. She predicts that the world will become a Shangri-la just like her artworks, if on earth every human being wears the masks.

Grayish -Hanae Sasaoka

Her Birdman series, she follows animal-headed characters in such a quite animistic work, the Animal Caricatures (Chojugiga), known as the first manga drawn in the mid-12th century in Kyoto, Japan. She makes a collage for bird/animal masks which offers a more flat manga-like image to emphasize an expressionless look, while drawing a body in a lively manner further highlights the contrast of expression in face and body.


Hanae Sasaoka

Hanae Sasaoka is a Japanese oriented artist based in Amstelveen, the Netherlands. Before pursuing a career in art she earned her BA of International Business from Aoyama-Gakuin University in Tokyo. She worked in China and the UK for several years in the business field and changed her career path to art after she moved to Long Island, NY in 2006. She’s been chosen as the artist for New York Foundation for the Arts, Immigrant Artists Outreach Initiative Program 2007-2008, while she was learning art in Art Student League of NY. 

She returned to Tokyo 2010 and participated in many art shows. She has moved again to Nederland in 2018 and is working as an artist. Her work is included in galleries and private collections. 

She is a member of VAK, Vereniging Amstelland Kunst, since 2019.



  • Solo show at Arne Everts Arts Amsterdam
  • Whatz Taipei
  • Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam


  • Affordable Art Fair Battersea and Amsterdam


  • Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam and Brussels


  • Group exhibition in Google office Taipei
  • Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam


  • Art Formosa Taipei
  • Art Kaohsiung
  • Young Art Taipei
  • New Karuizawa Art Museum


  • Art fair
  • Fine Art ASIA
  • HK
  • Taipei Young Art Taipei Taipei


  • Art fair
  • HK Contemporary Group show Message Art fair
  • New City Art Fair
  • Taipei Art fair


  • Art fair
  • ULTRA004
  • SPIRAL Garden
  • Tokyo Emerging Contemporary Artists of Japan, 2/20 Gallery
  • NY Solo show at H.P.France
  • Shinjuku TAKASHIMAYA, Tokyo


  • Emerging Contemporary Artists of Japan, 2/20Gallery
  • NY Solo Show at Syosset Library, NY


  • JAPAN ART SHOWCASE, Brown University
  • Making It at Deutsche Bank Gallery, supported by Deutsche Bank and NYFA


  • ARTcamp 2008, NYSG, NY
  • Solo Show URBAN GROUPS, Chashama Gallery NY
  • ART SHANGHAI, Generation6, A.I.R.Gallery, NY


  • Chosen as one of the artists for New York Foundation for the Arts
  • Immigrant Artists Outreach Initiative Program 2007-2008