Ikkan Art was established by Ikkan Sanada in 1982 as a private art dealer and consulting/advisory firm based in New York. Founded on the values of integrity and discretion as top business priorities, Ikkan Art provides purchasing and selling advices as well as related infrastructure and assistance to an elite group of international clients.
In May 2011, Ikkan Art expanded into Singapore by establishing Ikkan Art Gallery with programs that present museum quality artworks by international artists across a wide range of mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, video and new media art.
Ikkan Art Gallery, Singapore, organized solo and group exhibitions since May 2011 including “Surfaces of Everyday Life – Postwar and Contemporary Masters from Ai Weiwei to Andy Warhol”, “Requiem for the XX Century – Morimura Yasumasa: Self-Portraits in Motion” and “The Experience Machine” show of new media art including interactive installation by teamLab from Japan.
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Between 1971 and 1977, Ikkan Sanada worked at Galerie Tamenaga France, the first Japanese gallery in Paris dedicated to bringing major European paintings to Japan. In 1977, he was appointed Director of administration and import/export. From 1977 to 1979, he moved back to Tamenaga, Tokyo as Director of Foreign Operations.
Thereafter, Mr. Sanada was a partner of Kindai Bijutsu, Inc. in Tokyo, an art dealership highly focused on providing assistance and consultancy to select Japanese collectors in forming their art collections. He left the successful partnership in the summer of 1980 to move to New York to study Art History and Arts Administration at New York University.
1982 saw the incorporation of Ikkan Art International with Mr. Sanada as its owner and president. Involved with the purchasing and selling of Modern and Contemporary works of art, Ikkan Art deals for its own account and on behalf of its international clients, who include key individual and corporate collectors, galleries, private dealers, investors and auction houses. Ikkan Art also provides advisory services to both private and corporate clients in acquiring and exchanging their art collections and investment in the world market.
In 2011, spurred by a quiet confidence of the emergence of Southeast Asia as the key market for quality art, he moves to Singapore to set up a new base with the vision to present museum-quality works through his gallery into the region.