Hiroshi Sugito

Japan 1970


Hiroshi Sugito
Hiroshi Sugito
February 3, 2015
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Hiroshi Sugito is a Japanese painter who gained international recognition in the context of the Tokyo-Pop movement. His compositions are comprised of both abstract and concrete recurring motifs, often stylized beyond immediate recognition. In other works, Sugito creates alternate visualizations, for example, of sounds or nature but he is also known for usage of translucent layers.

He was born in Nagoya, Japan in 1970 and spent his childhood in the United States. Sugito returned to Japan in 1986 and met Yoshitomo Nara, one of the founders of the Tokyo-Pop movement, from whom he took lessons in drawing in preparation for his studies in art. In 1992, Sugito graduated from the Aichi Prefectural University of Arts in traditional Japanese-style painting.

Hiroshi Sugito’s work tends to focus on Japanese painting with a Western influence. A lot of his imagery has a sense of “Kawaii”—which means “cute” in Japanese—and intertwines this idea with a sense of weirdness or eerie displacement. His paintings depict imaginary, dreamy scenes that seem to originate from memory and childlike fantasies. Separate from the ‘Super Flat’ aesthetic of many of the Tokyo-Pop artists, who draw their inspiration from manga comics and animé films, Sugito’s work is rooted in a contemporary Japanese aesthetic and in the traditional painting style of Nihonga. His recurring themes, such as mountaintops, waves, blossoms, and birds, as well as military airplanes, missiles, or fire, are often hovering with vibrating colors and vaguely discernible objects.

Sugito has held solo exhibitions at the Tomio Koyama Gallery in Tokyo, Arndt & Partner in Berlin, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery in New York, Mark Foxx in Los Angeles, Galeria Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea in Milan, and Galeria Fortes Vilaça in São Paulo.

He currently lives and works in Nagoya, Japan.

Year Exhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015All the World's a Stage Fundación Banco Santander, Madrid, Spain (forthcoming)Group
2014UntitledMarc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, USASolo
2014Group exhibition by Tomio Koyama Gallery, TOLOT,heuristic SHINONOME, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2014UntitledPIOON PROJECT Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka, JapanGroup
2013UntitledCrazy for Painting vol.9 Masato KOBAYASHI + Hiroshi SUGITO gallery αM, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2013Birds, Beast and Flowers Galerie Zink, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2013Re:Quest Japanese Contemporary Art since the 1970’s Museum of Art, Seoul National University, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2013Collection "on this planet Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka, JapanGroup
2013Education, education and education Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts Building 11 Zone, Okayama, JapanGroup
2013AICHI TRIENNALE 2013 Awakening ― Where Are We Standing? ― Earth, Memory and Resurrection Aichi Arts Center, Nagoya City Art Museum and more…, Aichi, JapanGroup
2013Die Tanzende Bilder - The Essence of Taguchi Art Collection Spiral Garden, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2013Imprisoned Jailbreak XYZ collective, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2012the orange tree KENJI TAKI GALLERY, Nagoya, Aichi, JapanSolo
2012Die Sterne am Himmel über mirGalerie Zink, Berlin, GermanyGroup
201210th Anniversary Exhibition; To Wander a Garden The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka, JapanGroup
2012Masahiko Kuwahara Yoshitomo Nara, Hiroshi Sugito, Tomio Koyama Gallery SingaporeGroup
2011needle and thread Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo. JapanSolo
2011paintings and sketchesJapan Creative Centre (JCC), SingaporeSolo
2011Temporary Exhibition : Art in an Office Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, JapanGroup
2011CAFE in Mito 2011 Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, JapaGroup
2011Rosilene Luduvico Die Sterne am Himmel über mir" with Mitja Ficko, Hauschka, Takeshi Makishima and Hiroshi SugitoGalerie Zink, Berlin, GermanyGroup
201110th Anniversary Exhibition; To Wander a Garden The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka, JapanGroup
2010Garden of painting―Japanese Art of the 00s NMAO The National Museum of Art, Osaka、Osaka, JapanGroup
2010Collection Collection gallery2 Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum, Okinawa, JapanGroup
2010MOT Collection Enter here _ what do you see? MOT : Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2010Narrative Paintings The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum, Niigata, JapanGroup
2009UntitledMarc Foxx, Los Angeles, USASolo
2009Winter Garden:The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art Curated by Midori Matsui Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan Group
2008Triple Mountain Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brasil (May 13 - July 7)Solo
2008UntitledGalleri Sjur Nedreaas, Bergen, NorwaySolo
2008UntitledKenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya, JapanSolo
2008Drawings-thinking handGallery Yada,Nagoya, JapanGroup
2008The 7th Gwangju Biennale Biennale Hall, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, KoreaGroup
2008Time scape-another view of time Aichi prefectual Museum of Art, Nagoya, JapanGroup
2008PARKHAUS Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, GermanyGroup
2007Passage to the Sky Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2007always rain with Rosilene Luduvico Park Haus, Dusseldorf, GermanySolo
2007under the cloud Nicole Klagsbrun, New York, NY, USASolo
2007The Door into Summer Art Tower Mito, Mito, Ibaraki, JapanGroup
2007UntitledMindscape Museum, Okazaki, Aichi, JapanGroup
2007Portrait Session NADiff, Tokyo Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, JapanGroup
2007LET'S GO TO THE MUSEUM! HOW TO ENJOY THE MODERN ART, TOGETHER WITH DICK BRUNA The Bernard Vuffet Museum, Mishima, Shizuoka, JapanGroup
2007Silly Adult Gelleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2007HOP, STAMP, HANGA! CHILD PRINT ART MUSEUM Bernard Buffet Museum, Mishima, Shizuoka, JapanGroup
2006April Song The Sculpture Garden Museum VANGI MUSEO, Mishima, Shizuoka, JapanSolo
2006Focus Modern Art Musuem of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TXSolo
2006UntitledArndt & Partner, Zurich, SwitzerlandSolo
2006Approaching Landscape Galerie Michael Zink, MünchenGroup
2006Group Exhibition Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2006Talking Pictures Sammlung Goetz, Munich, GermanyGroup
2006MARCH Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya, JapanGroup
2005BRIDGEKenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya, JapanSolo
2005UntitledNicole Klagsbrun, New York, U.S.A.Solo
2005UntitledMarc Foxx, Los Angeles, U.S.A.Solo
20051996 - 2000 Arndt & Partner, Zurich, SwitzerlandSolo
2005paperNicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2005JaPan PoP Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki, FinlandGroup
2005Works on paper Galerie Arndt & Partner, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2004UntitledArndt & Partner, Berlin, GermanySolo
2004UntitledGaleria Fortes Vilaca, San Paulo, BrazilSolo
2004Time of my Life Tokyo Opera City, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2004Why not Live for Art Tokyo Opera City, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2004Yoshitomo Nara tam Ochiai Hiroshi sugito New Prints Space Force, Tokyo, JapanGroup
200410th Anniversary Show Arndt & Partner, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2004VOCA 1994-2003 Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki, Tokyo Station Gallery, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2004Real World Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, Great BritainGroup
2004The Japanese Experience-Inevitable“, Museum der Moderne, Rupertinum, Salzburg, AustriaGroup
2003Under the Shadow Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2003West Gallery Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A.Solo
2003UntitledNicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, U.S.A.Solo
2003UntitledArndt & Partner, Berlin, GermanySolo
2003Big or Small!? Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, JapanGroup
2003The 8th International Istanbul Biennial „Poetic Justice Istanbul, TurkeyGroup
2003Japan Rising Museum of Contemporary Art, Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.A.Group
2003Interview with Painting Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, Venice, ItalyGroup
2003UntitledGalerie Zink & Gegner, Munich, GermanyGroup
2003UntitledTomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2002Ranger Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya, JapanSolo
2002UntitledTomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2002UntitledMarc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A.Solo
2002Voyager Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya, JapanSolo
2002UntitledMarc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A.Group
2002UntitledStephan Freidman Gallery, London, Great BritainGroup
2002Statements Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, U.S.A.Group
2002The Japanese Experience Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, GermanyGroup
2002UntitledNicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, U.S.A.Group
2002Emotional SiteShokuryo Building, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2001UntitledArndt & Partner, Berlin, GermanySolo
2001UntitledNicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, U.S.A.Solo
2001In the Shadow Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2001Reflections of the Earth The Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Iowa, U.S.A.Group
2001The Big ID James Cohan Gallery, New York, U.S.A.Group
2001Painting at the Edge of the World Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, U.S.A.Group
2001Ghost Claudia Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea, Milan, ItalyGroup
2001UntitledGalerie Michael Zink, Munich, GermanyGroup
2001UntitledStephen Friedman Gallery, London, Great BritainGroup
2001Solo booth ,FIAC Galerie Arndt & Partner, Paris, FranceGroup
2000Hiding in the House Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea, Milan, ItalySolo
2000UntitledMarc Foxx, Los Angeles, U.S.A.Solo
2000Gendai Centrum Sztuki Wspolczesnej Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, PolandGroup
2000Yume no Ato Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, GermanyGroup
2000Scope Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya, JapanGroup
2000Kaleidoscope of Time Fukui Fine Arts Museum, JapanGroup
1999London Projects London, Great BritainSolo
1999UntitledKenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya, JapanSolo
1999Galerie Arndt & Partner Berlin, GermanySolo
1999Galeria Camargo Vilaça San Paulo, BrazilSolo
1999Art is Fun 10: Angelic, Devilish or Both Hara Museum ARC, Shibukawa, Gunma, JapanGroup
1999Survey of Japanese Painting Tokyo Station Gallery, JapanGroup
1999Noontime Meditation: Contemporary Japanese Art Having Inner SightTochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Utsunomiya, Tochigi, JapanGroup
1999MOT Annual 1999-Modest Radicalism Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, JapanGroup
1998UntitledTomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, JapanSolo
1998UntitledThe Contemporary Art Factory, Tokyo, JapanSolo
1998UntitledMarc Foxx, Los Angeles, U.S.A.Solo
1998UntitledNicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, U.S.A.Solo
1998VOCA '98 Ueno Royal Museum of Art, Tokyo, JapanGroup
1998Hanging Galerie Camargo Vilacia, San Paulo - Paco Imperial, Rio de Janeiro - Fundacao Cultural do Distrito Federal, Brasilia, BrazilGroup
1998The Museums's 21st Anniversary Benefit Gala & Art Auction The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, U.S.A.Group
1998UntitledAudiello Fine Arts,New York, U.S.A.Group
1998Innocent Minds Space X & Forum Space, Aichi Arts Center, Nagoya, JapanGroup
1997UntitledNicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, U.S.A.Solo
1997UntitledAnthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, U.S.A.Solo
1997Untitled Group Show Marc Foxx,Santa Monica, U.S.A.Group
1997UntitledTomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, JapanGroup
1997Alive & Well, New Painting Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, U.S.A.Group
1997Best of the Season: Selected Work from 1996-97 Gallery Exhibitions Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut, U.S.A.Group
1996UntitledTomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, JapanSolo
1996UntitledMarc Foxx, Santa Monica, U.S.A.Solo
1996Nagoya Contemporary Art Fair Nagoya City Gallery, Nagoya, JapanGroup
1996Kind of Blue Hakutosha, Nagoya, JapanGroup
1995Two Persons ShowKenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya, JapanGroup
1994Tonari-no-Kehai Aichi Arts Center, Nagoya, JapanGroup
1993UntitledStegosaurus Studio, Nagoya, JapanSolo
1992UntitledStegosaurus Studio, Nagoya, JapanSolo
1991UntitledLove Collection Gallery, Nagoya, JapanSolo