Born 1980 in Shizuoka, Japan, Shinya Watanabe is an independent curator and Faculty of Temple University Tokyo Campus. After acquiring his MA at New York University, Watanabe have traveled forty countries mainly as a backpacker, and started to curate contemporary art exhibitions, mainly focusing on the issues of the relationships between nation-state and art.
"Another Expo—Beyond the Nation-States" (White Box, NY, 2005).
"Action Painting Street Battle! Ushio Shinohara vs. Ryoga Katsuma" (Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, NY 2006).
"Into the Atomic Sunshine — Post-War Art under Japanese Peace Constitution Article 9" (Puffin Room, NY, 2008, Hillside Forum, Tokyo, 2008, Okinawa Prefectural Art Museum, Okinawa, Japan 2009.
"Volcano Lovers - From Iceland and Japan" (Ise Cultural Foundation, NY, 2009-10).