1977
Born in Sacramento, CA
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Education, Honors and Awards

1999
BFA, California College of the Arts
2005
Xeric Foundation Grant to self-publish the graphic novel “Burying Sandwiches”

Solo Exhibitions

2017
“Arco Iris”, GR2, Los Angeles, CA
“Wetstones”, Day Space Night, Los Angeles, CA
2016
“Rob Sato’s Sketchbooks: 1995-2015″, The Arsenal, San Jose, CA
2014
“Curses”, Martha Otero Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2013
“Interinhabitants”, MOHS Exhibit, Copenhagen, Denmark
2011
“Open End”, Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
“Blowing the Hatch”, Rowan Morrison Gallery, Oakland, CA
2010
“Muscle Memories”, Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
“Junk History”, GRSF, San Francisco, CA
2009
“Dirty Paper Machines”, GR2, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016
“Silent Wonderment”, Vincent Price Museum, Monterrey Park, CA
2015
“Deep Fields”, Two-person exhibition with Ako Castuera, GR2, Los Angeles, CA
“20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz”, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
“Giant Robot Biennale 4”, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA
“Samurai: Japanese Myth and Tradition in the Contemporary Imagination”, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
Giant Robot Day, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI
2014
Suggestivism, Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Superawesome: Art and Giant Robot, Oakland Museum of California
2013
“Raw Kingdom”, Two-person exhibition with Kris Chau, Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
“Paper Noise”, Two-person exhibition with Ryohei Tanaka, GR2, Los Angeles, CA
PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, Martha Otero Gallery, Miami, FL
2012
“End of Summer”, MOHS Exhibit, Copenhagen, Denmark
“AkoRyoheiRob”, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA
“Giant Robot Biennale 3”, The Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA
“Haunts”, GR2, Two-person exhibition with John Pham, Los Angeles, CA
2011
“The Blab! Show”, Copro Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“The Ulysses Guide to the Los Angeles River”, Pasadena Museum of California Art
“Funny (Not Funny)”, Work: Detroit, University of Michigan, Detroit, MI
2009
“Giant Robot Biennale 2”, The Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA
“New Work”, Two-Person exhibition with Joe To, Metropolis Gallery, Lancaster, PA

Bibliography

2016
Tristan Manco, “Make Your Mark: The New Urban Artists”, Thames & Hudson, April 2016, unpaginated
2014
Carolina Amell, “Artist Notebook”, Monsa Ediciones, p. 107-115
Jenny Chou, Rob Sato, “Art Quarter, Vol. 6: Meticulous Art III”, April 2014, p. 112-119
Eric Nakamura & Carin Adams, “Superawesome: Art & Giant Robot” (Oakland Museum of Art catalogue), p 66 – 71
2013
“New American Painting”, Vol. 103, Open Studios Press, p.122-125
2012
“Blabworld 2”, Last Gasp Publishing, Summer 2012, p. 46-47
2008
U.L. Zemanova, “The Ulysses Guide to the Los Angeles River”, GK Editions, unpaginated

Press

2018
Liz Ohanesian, “These Japanese Americans Were sent To Internment Camps, Then They Helped The U.S. Fight Nazis”, GOOD online news, June 14
“Yes or No: Two Grandchildren Discuss Their Grandfathers’ Decisions in The Internment Camps”, Rafu Shimpo, May 9
“Giant Robot Presents ‘442’ Solo Exhibition by Rob Sato”, Rafu Shimpo, April 19
2017
Eric Nakamura, “Like A Rainbow”, interview, Giant Robot Media, Nov. 3
Andy Smith, “Rob Sato Offers New, Vibrant Works in ‘Arco Iris’” Hi_Fructose, Oct. 18
Jeff Hamada, “Arco Iris by Artist Rob Sato, Booooooom, Oct. 17
2016
Jeff Hamada, “Artist Spotlight: Rob Sato”, Booooooom, Dec. 27
C. Priority, “10 Point Profile: Rob Sato”, Ladder & Key, Aug. 29
Cameron Capers, “Interview with Rob Sato”, Beyond The Sound, June 22
2015
Philipp Zurmöhle, “Rob Sato—Krieg Und Frieden”, Blog Bohéme (blog), Aug. 11
2014
Liz Ohanesian, “Rob Sato’s Memory Maps”, PBS KCET’s Artbound, Oct. 6
Jane Helpern, “The Witchy Art of Rob Sato at Martha Otero Gallery”, Altamont Apparel
“The Art of Rob Sato”, juxtapoz.com, June 22
2013
Maria Schettino, “Rob Sato: Artist Interview”, Redefine Magazine, June 11
Jeff Soto, “12 Questions”, Stormcloudz (blog), Aug 23
“Watercolor Painter Rob Sato, Thrashlab: Profiles”, Thrashlab
Stacy Dacheux, “Watercolor Paintings of Epic Proportions”, Beautiful Decay, April 26
“Rob Sato Returns”, Empty Kingdom, March 4
2012
Nick Gazin, “John Pham and Rob Sato’s ‘Haunts’”, Vice, Sep. 10
Jeff Hamada, “Rob Sato”, Booooooom, Dec. 19
2011
Jennifer Pappas, Dirty Paper Machines: The Art of Rob Sato, Hi Fructose, Interview, Vol. 16, p.74 -83
2010
Amanda Erlanson, Rob Sato’s Muscle Memories, Erratic Phenomena, Aug. 8
2009
Eric Nakamura, Rob Sato, Giant Robot Magazine, Interview, Issue 62, p. 28-35
David Choe, “Rob Sato and Joe To”, Juxtapoz Magazine, September 2009, no. 104, p. 116-127
Eric Nakamura, Dirty Paper Machines, Giant Robot Channel

VISITING ARTIST LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS

2018
The Story of the 442nd Regiment in WWII, Santa Monica Public Library, Santa Monica, CA, June 2
Visiting Artist: Thinking In Puddles, University of Wisconsin-Madison, April 26
Japanese American Internment Stories, Rob Sato and Diana Tsuchida of Tessaku Project at Giant Robot, GR2, Los Angeles, CA, April 21
2017
Authors talk, The State Library Presents: The Story of the 442nd, The Japanese American segregated regiment of WW2, California State Library, Sacramento, CA, Nov. 15
Visiting Artist Lecture, Conferencia Pasión y Diseño, Puebla, Mexico, Nov. 11
2016
Visiting Artist, Otis College of Art and Design, Feb. 8
2015
Giant Robot Day: Visiting artist talk and painting workshop Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI, June 20
2013
The Art of Rob Sato, Visiting Artist Lecture, Riverside City College, April 26
Visiting Artist Lecture, Laguna Creek High School, Elk Grove, CA, Jan. 26
Watercolor Workshop, Japanese American National Museum, Jan. 19
Watercolor Workshop, Japanese American National Museum, Nov. 11
2012
Materials and Process, workshop, Blue Rooster Art Store, June 21
2011
Come Make a Mess, painting demonstration, The Arsenal, San Jose, CA, Oct. 15
2010
Ulysses Guide to the Los Angeles. River, panel discussion, Pasadena Museum of California Art, March 14