Born in 1975 in Nagano, Japan, Susumu Kamijo currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Kamijo moved to the US at the age of 16 and completed a BFA in Painting and Drawing at the University of Oregon in 2000, followed by an MFA in Painting and Drawing at the University of Washington in 2002. Kamijo explores the abstraction of familiar motifs such as animals and human faces through the distortion of color and shape and has been actively producing a series of drawings and paintings of poodles since 2014. His recent solo exhibitions include Lick Me Till Dawn, Jack Hanley Gallery (New York, 2020); Fetch Your Own Bones, Kantor Gallery (Beverly Hills, 2020); I’ll Follow You To The Sunset, GNYP Gallery (Berlin, 2019); Walk With Me To The Sea, Sakurado Fine Arts※(Tokyo, 2018); and I Will Walk You Tomorrow, Harper’s Books (New York, 2018). He has also participated in various group shows in Italy, England, Belgium, and Greece, and continues to exhibit many works, primarily in the US and Europe. In 2017, Pacific published his first publication titled Poodles.
※renamed MAKI Gallery in June 2020