Daniel Harris Rosen
Founder / Creative Director
Daniel Harris Rosen is a bilingual creative director based in Tokyo, with over 25 years of experience in the Japanese arts scene. Originally a visual artist himself, he is also a curator, VJ, film director, and art writer for The Japan Times & other esteemed media outlets. Daniel first formally studied art at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and went on to earn his MFA at Tama Art University in Tokyo. In 2006 while still a student, he joined the nascent artist collective Rinpa Eshidan which exploded into an Internet sensation, garnering over 120 million collective hits on YouTube. Through his time with Rinpa Eshidan, he gained experience handling commercial work from corporate clients such as KDDI, YouTube, MINI Cooper, McDonalds Japan, etc. Meanwhile, Daniel also pursued his own artistic career in contemporary art, exhibiting and selling his artwork worldwide at venues including the Honolulu Museum of Fine Art and Art Fair Taipei. In 2010, after earning his PhD in fine arts from Tama Art University, he founded TokyoDex, a multifaceted creative agency that encompasses all of his artistic endeavors. Daniel’s creative vision, extensive network in the Japanese art community, understanding of the Japanese culture and international standards of business make him a highly sought creative director for exciting art-based projects in Tokyo and around the globe.
Favorite works of art or artists
I am drawn to the works of innumerable artists working in myriad genres, from the simple celebrations of shapes and colors in the works of Matisse, to the more conceptual and mind-teasing offerings of Chinese contemporary artist Xu Bing. Despite my PhD in fine arts, I actually think my taste in art is quite simple. If you have to explain it too much, I’m not interested. If it stops me in my tracks and I lose my breath for a moment, I’m in.
What is art for you?
How much time do you have? (lol) Art is something different for everyone, so I think it defies definition. It is perhaps the unquantifiable nature of art that makes it so valuable. If we can’t express something in numbers or facts, we have to open up a dialogue and dig deeper to find meaning. Art is at once a window into different worlds, and a gateway to discovering our true selves.