In 1969, Eleanor Ward the owner of the legendary gallery Stable Gallery debuted Hanafusa’s first solo show in NYC and introduced his works to Peggy Guggenheim and Thomas Messer. Since then his paintings have appeared in four group exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum during Thomas Messer’s time at the museum. Hanafusa’s artworks are in the collection of a number of art institutions, including Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
As for the artist’s carpentry work, his furniture had also been praised by prestigious designers and architects. Hanafusa was cosigned to design customized furniture for the Pritzker family, Eileen Fisher, Steve Shiffman(CEO of Calvin Klein 2014-2019), Brioni, Ghiora Aharoni, and relevant reports have appeared in New York Times and New York Magazine. Also, this 2M view documentary introduced the unique joinery technique which Hanafusa incorporates in his carpentry-making process. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7708E1bmoxc.