ARTIST

YASSAN

PIONEER IN GPS ART.

Born in 1977 in Saitama, Japan
Lives and works in Japan

Born in Saitama, Japan in 1977, Yasushi Takahashi (a.k.a. Yassan) lives and works in Tokyo and Saitama, Japan. Holds a BFA at Tokyo University of the Arts (2004: Inter Media Art Course).
Started GPS drawing after a marriage proposal and holds a Guinness World Record. His spectacular land art has traveled around the world, and as a pioneer in the GPS art world, he has created many record-breaking works. Also developing activities to create GPS art as a culture with various fields around the world.

His work has been showcased on television, in magazines, and over 3,000 news and web publications worldwide.
Featured in Google’s “Search on.” documentary series.
Certified crypto-artist at SBI NFT (nanakusa), FAT Collection and some registered NFT marketplaces.

Yassan in Colombo

STORY

EVERYTHINGS STARTED FROM PROPOSE.

In 2008, he quit his job and started a journey with GPS on his 31st birthday. He spent 6 months traveling across the Japanese islands to make the world’s largest proposal to his girlfriend. It was his the first GPS art.

ACTIVITIES

7163.67km

The first work is authorized as “Largest GPS Drawing by Individual” by Guinness World Records.
And his actual largest work is 60794.07km (PEACE on Earth) unofficially.

100,000+km
TOTAL LENGTH

1,600+
WORKS

24
COUNTRIES

Later, he became fascinated by GPS art and started drawing all over the world.
As a pioneer in the GPS art world, he has achieved many world firsts and largest achievements.
Currently, he is active as a professional GPS artist.

More than 1,400 works.
Drawn more than 100,000 kilometers in 24 countries.
Featured in over 3,000 media outlets.

WORKS

LARGEST PROPOSE.
GLOBAL GPS DRAWING.
LARGEST GPS DRAWING BY FOOT.
LARGEST MASCOT.
COLLABORATE WITH CONTEMPORARY ART.

EVANGELIST OF GPS ART

Not only making GPS art, but also challenging to create a culture of drawing with GPS.
He strives to promote the appeal of GPS art and supports the activities of latecomers.

AUTHORIZE

GWR

FIRST WORLD RECORD

Google

FEATURED IN GOOGLE’S “SEARCH ON.” DOCUMENTARY SERIES

HI-TEC

FEATURED IN HI-TEC’S “WALKUMENTARY” DOCUMENTARY SERIES

GeoSpatialExpo

WINNER OF THE LOCATION-BASED APP & GADGET AWARD

difusion

COVERED IN TEXTBOOK

JAL

FEATURED IN JAPAN AIRLINE’S GLOBAL CAMPAIGN

PUBLICATION

Featured in over 3,000 medias in over 100 countries. (As of December 2021)
He has been published more times than any other GPS artist in the world.

PUBLICATION

DOCUMENTARY

A number of stories have been produced through GPS art.

BIOGRAPHY / AWARD

1977  Born in Saitama Prefecture, Japan
2004  Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts (Inter Media Art Course)
2008  Start GPS Drawing series.
2010  Guinness World Records (Largest GPS Drawing)
2015  Geo-located Gadget & Application Award (Idea Section)
2021  Certified as the first certified crypto artist of nanakusa, Japan’s first registration-based NFT marketplace

EXHIBITION / WORKSHOP / PROJECT

1999  Koshirakura Landscape Workshop (Kawanishi, Japan)
1999  Toride Re-cycling Art Project (Toride, Japan)
2000  Slow Box / After image (Kawanishi, Japan)
2001  Lodging Tokyo / London (Tokyo & London)
2001  Fujino International Art Symposium (Fujino, Japan)
2002  Rhythm of Town, Rhythm of People (Kobe, Japan)
2002  Reisbureau MIMASU @FAXX (Tilburg, Netherlands)
2012  C-Depot @Spiral Gallery & Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse (Tokyo & Yokohama, Japan)
2013  Shin Ikebukuro Montparnasse @C-depot Gallery (Toshima, Tokyo)
2013  Tokyo Designers Week @Jingu Gaien (Minato, Tokyo)
2013  Randy Art Hills @Randy Café (Minato, Tokyo)
2014  Art Fair C-Depot –Shapes of Heart @Seibu Shibuya (Shibuya, Tokyo)
2014  T-Depot @C-Depot Gallery (Toshima, Tokyo)
2014  Soccer Ball Art Exhibition @Seibu Shibuya (Shibuya, Tokyo)
2014  Sonicart @Makuhari Messe (Chiba, Japan)
2014  313×313 Dreaming ART @Royal Park Hotel the Haneda (Shinagawa, Tokyo)
2014  Tokyo Designers Week @Jingu Gaien (Minato, Tokyo)
2015  Shin Ikebukuro Montparnasse @Tobu Ikebukuro (Toshima, Tokyo)
2015  Hagoita Art Project @Takashimaya Shinjuku (Shinjuku, Tokyo)
2015  PEACE on Earth Project (around the World)
2016 Taste of Kawaii Japan @Harbour City (Hong Kong)
2016  Walkshop @Shintaku Juku (Funabashi, Japan)
2016-  Walkshop @Azalee Academia (Edogawa, Tokyo)
2017  Astro-boy Art @Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Toshima, Tokyo)
2019  Wandering Mapping @Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (Kōtō, Tokyo)
2020  Restruction @Aoyama Studio (Aoyama, Tokyo)
2022  Future Artists Tokyo @Cube.Moscow (Moscow, Russia)
2022  Future Artists Tokyo @Tokyo International Forum (Yurakucho, Tokyo)
2022 RANPO WANTED @Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space & WACCA Ikebukuro (Toshima, Tokyo)
2022 Independent Tokyo @Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Trade Center Hamamatsucho-Kan (Hamamatsucho, Tokyo)

AWARD

2010  Guinness World Records (Largest GPS Drawing) *Currently hold as “Largest GPS Drawing by indivudual”
2014  313×313 Dreaming ART
2015  Geo-located Gadget & Application Award (Idea Section)
2021  1st Kyoto Marathon GPS Art Collection
2021  2nd Kyoto Marathon GPS Art Collection
2021  Banathon
2022  3rd Kyoto Marathon GPS Art Collection

SPONSORED CONTENTS

2013  Seiko Epson – WristableGPS Weblog
2014  HI-TEC – Walkumentary
2015  Japan Airlines – PEACE on Earth
2016 – 2019 Hokkaido Television Broadcasting – ”GPS Art Journey” on “Onigiri Atatamemasuka”
2019  Google – Search on.
2022 Aisin Health Insurance Association – GPS Art Concour

COLLECTION

JINS HOLDINGS Inc.
The Royal Park Hotel Tokyo Haneda