Welcome to the website of the artist Musho Rodney Alan Greenblat, world famous for his whimsical and engaging artwork. At the age of three he began drawing and painting, and his big break came in 1970, when at the age of 10 he was given the opportunity to illustrate the cover of his elementary school parent teacher’s association handbook. Years later, after moving to New York City, his wacky colorful sculptures and paintings became an integral part of the ballooning East Village Art scene of the 1980s, where he had several one person shows at the legendary Gracie Mansion Gallery. In 1985 his large sculpture “Ark of Triumph” was featured in the prestigious Whitney Museum Biennial exhibition. In the 1990’s Rodney’s experimentation with the then novel personal computer led him to the production of interactive CD-ROMs and then to the video game industry. He became the artistic force behind the best selling game for Sony Playstation called “Parappa The Rapper.” This led to a whole line of popular consumer products distributed in Japan, and a weekly animated television series also in Japan. Rodney has now become known as one of the worlds top character designers, with his original character franchise “Thunder Bunny” still popular in Japan. Rodney has worked on advertising and illustration projects for some of the worlds most respected companies including Sony, Toyota, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and currently in Japan with Dentsu agency and Japan Railroad Kyushu. Rodney is a senior student at the Village Zendo Zen center in New York City, he has received the Buddhist name “Musho,” and continues to make joyous and expressive artwork.

Born: Daly City, California, August 23, 1960
Education: Walt Whitman High School, Bethesda, Maryland 1974-78
Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC: 1978
School of Visual Arts, NY, BFA with Honors, 1978-82

Currently lives in New York City

Selected Exhibitions
1982 “The Threshold, Rodney Alan Greenblat,” Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
1983 Gracie Mansion Gallery, NYC
1984 “It’s About Love” Anna Friebe Galerie, Cologne, West Germany
1985 “The New World” Gracie Mansion Gallery, NYC
1985 Whitney Biennial – Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC
1985 “Familiar Frontiers” Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Victoria, Australia
1986 “House of Progress,” Gracie Mansion Gallery, NYC, Karl Bornstein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1987 “Reality and Imagination, Two Taste Treats in One”, Museum of Art, Penn State University
1987 “Paintings and Furniture” Hokin/Kaufman Gallery, Chicago, IL
1988 “Reality and Imagination, Two Taste Treats in One!,” Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
1988 “Reality and Imagination” Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston,TX
1988 “The Scenic Route,” Gracie Mansion Gallery, NYC
1988 “Design Your Own Future,” Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1989 John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1990 “Cosmic Adhesive” Gracie Mansion Gallery, New York, NY
1992 “Land Ho! The Mythic World of Rodney A. Greenblat” Museum of Art, Roanoke Virginia
1992 “Land Ho! The Mythic World of Rodney A. Greenblat” Chrysler Museum, Norfolk Virginia
1992 “The Center For Advanced Whimsy” Carpenter Arts Center, Harvard University
1993 “Computer Generated Images” PPOW gallery New York City
1994 “Rodney Time” Creation Gallery, Tokyo Japan
1994 “Land Ho! The Mythic World of Rodney A. Greenblat” World Financial Center, NYC
1997 “The Rodney Adventure” Discovery Museum – Bridgeport CT
1998 “New Studio Rodney” Parco department stores – Japan
1999 “Rodney’s Art in a Box” Sony Plaza – Tokyo and Osaka Japan
2000 “Rodney’s Character Club and Post Office” Parco Department Store – Tokyo and Osaka Japan
2000 “Cafe Rodney” Tokyo
2001 “Canworld Expo” Takeshimaya Department Store – Osaka Japan
2005 “Modern Day” solo show BCB ART, Hudson NY
2006 “Downtown – The New York Art Scene 1974-1984” Grey Art Gallery NYU, New York, NY
2006 “Universe” solo show Centella Gallery, Tucson AZ
2007 “Elemental” Art Print Japan Galleries, Tokyo Japan
2008 “Free Wheel” solo show BCB ART, Hudson NY
2010 “Thunder Bunny Buddha Shrine” solo show BCB Gallery, Hudson NY
2012 “Karma-con” group show The Rubin Museum, New York, NY
2013 “The Wonder Verified and Fulfilled” solo show BCB Gallery, Hudson NY

Children’s Books

1990 “Uncle Wizzmo’s New Used Car” published by Harper Collins
1991 “Aunt Ippy’s Museum of Junk” published by Harper Collins
1993 “Slombo The Gross” published by Harper Collins
1997 “Thunder Bunny” published by Harper Collins
1998 “Thunder Bunny” (Japanese version) published by Sony Magazines
2000 “RodneyFun Comic Collection No.1” published by Little More – Tokyo
2000 “Thunder Bunny and Wonder Mew ” published by Interlink Planning – Tokyo
2009 “Thunder Bunny Nature ” published by Interlink Planning- Tokyo
2010 “Thunder Bunny Helps Shypupu” published by Interlink – Tokyo

CD-ROM Software

1991 “Rodney’s Funscreen” Computer learning games for children, published by Activision
1992 “Rodney’s Wonder Window” Computer art on CD-ROM, Published by Voyager
1994 “Dazzeloids” Computer story book on CD-ROM, Published by Voyager
1996 “Clickamajigs” Downloadable interactive software toys for Nick Online, published by Nickelodeon.

Video Games
1997 “Parappa The Rapper” published by Sony Computer Entertainment
1999 “Um Jammer Lammy” published by Sony Computer Entertainment30
2001 “Parappa 2” published by Sony Computer Entertainment
2006 “Parappa The Rapper PSP” published by Sony Computer Entertainment
2009 “Major Minor’s Majestic March ” published by Majesco Entertainment and Square Enix Japan

1993 Ugo Ugo Lhuga – Japanese Children’s program on Fuji TV- “Rodney Guy” daily segment
1994 Shelly Duvall’s Bedtime Stories – Universal Studios – “Aunt Ippy”, “Uncle Wizzmo” episodes
2000 “Chinese Disco” music video for rock/pop band Shonen Knife
2001 “Parappa The Rapper” produced by Sony Visual Works, broadcast on FUJI TV
2002 “Bibi Little’s Rainbow Day – A Thunder Bunny Fuwa Fuwa Story” produced and distributed by Sony Creative Products, animation by Yuichi Ito

1993 – 1997 School of Visual Arts – New York City – Masters, Computer Art, Interactivity

Public and Corporate Collections
Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands
Dannheisser Foundation, NY
Southwest Bank, Miami, FL
Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, PA
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
Simpson, Thatcher & Bartlett, NY
Prudential Corporation, NJ
Progressive Corporation, Cleveland, OH
Chemical Bank, NY
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, RI
Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA
Fine Arts Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke, VA
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA
Rubell Family Collection, Miami FL
High Museum of Art, Atlanta GA
University of Vermont, Burlington VT
Rubin Museum, New York NY

Illustration and Design Clients
US: Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Child Magazine, Sesame Street Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, Macromedia, Nickelodeon, Microsoft, Majesco Entertainment, Kid Robot.
Japan: McSister, FP, Pronto, Illustration, Olive, Super Designing, Sony Creative Products, Sony Computer Entertainment, Square Enix, Dunkin’ Donuts, Tokyu Department Store, Fuji TV, Fujitsu, Minolta, Family Mart, Parco Department Stores, NTT DoCoMo, Toyota, McDonalds Japan, Lipton Tea Japan, House Foods Japan, Nishiin, Bijutsu shuppan-sha, Yurakucho Real Estate, Felissimo, Art Print Japan, Dentsu Agency, JR Kyushu, Shimadzu Inc., Glico, Obunsha Publishing.