Kota Ezawa

Kota Ezawa

Kota Ezawa

Kota Ezawa produces animated videos, slide projections, lightboxes, collages, and prints that recreate images and events from recent history and popular culture. Through a labor-intensive process that involves the production of hundreds of drawings, Ezawa translates charged events, such as the assassinations of Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy, into simplified animations.



“I feel that I’m in the business of making moving paintings more than making videos with a beginning and an end.”

- Kota Ezawa


Smithsonian Musem of American Art, Washington, DC

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

The RISD Museum, Providence, RI

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

University of California, San Francisco, CA

University of Texas, Austin, TX

Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT

Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Microsoft Art Collection, Redmond, WA

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA

The Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA

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National Anthem