Keijiro Suzuki - contemporary artist / designer / cultural organizer
鈴木啓二朗 - 現代美術作家 / デザイナー / 文化事業者
Keijiro Suzuki is an interdisciplinary contemporary artist, freelance curator, cultural organizer and art and design producer. He was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan and received studio art education in Houston, Texas, U.S.A, and currently lives and works in Yamaguchi city, Yamaguchi prefecture, Japan.
He has constantly attempted projects that examines social and community issues by analyzing local and global context. His practice develops from his interests in visual rhetoric, intercultural perspectives and community revival. Taking inspirations from “social sculpture” by Joseph Beuys, “Situationist international”, “Simulacra and Simulation” by Jean Baudrillard among others, he has created installations and community projects and shown his works internationally.
He also participated in environmentally friendly building workshops as an intern such as “Earthship Biotecture“ (Taos, New Mexico, U.S.A) and “Adobe Alliance” (Presidio, Texas, U.S.A.) and also contributed for a community park based on a concept of “Permaculture”.
He is an initiator of alternative art space called the temporary space and also founder of cagerow production.
His current interest is about revival of documented and undocumented inherited skills, knowledge and wisdom from all over the world and unification of contemporary practices with it. He is also intrigued by natural phenomenon and constellations and the associating cause and effect in flux transgressing concepts of time and space.
Keijiro Suzuki received his BA in Humanities and Social Sciences from Nagoya City University, Nagoya, Japan, in 2004. Suzuki completed his MFA in Sculpture from University of Houston, Texas, USA, in 2010. He has exhibited his projects and works internationally such as Houston Center for Photography (Houston, the U.S. 2007), Saltworks gallery (Atlanta, the U.S. 2009), the Blaffer gallery (Houston, the U.S. 2010), Jakarta Biennale #14 (Jakarta, Indonesia, 2011) and UniCredit Bank Sofia (Sofia, Bulgaria, 2012), FIAC (Paris, France, 2015) among others. He has also participated in numerous artist in residence programs including Project Row Houses (Houston, the U.S. 2007), Diverseworks (Houston, the U.S. 2008) Hilmsen residence project (Salzwedel, Germany, 2010), GlogauAIR (Berlin, Germany, 2011) and Cite International des Arts (Paris, France, 2013). He has worked on a book project in collaboration with French writer Michel Butor via curatorial organizer, Gervias Jassaud. Besides his artistic career, he worked as assistant curator for Station Museum of Contemporary Arts (Houston, the U.S.) , also as a residence program coordinator for Akiyoshidai International Art Village (Akiyoshidai, Yamaguchi, Japan) and worked as program technical assistant for “Collective:EAS_Y Vol.01” organized by Agency for Cultural Affairs in Japan and Yamaguchi University, Japan. In 2010, he founded alternative space called “the temporary space” and organized several exhibitions and collaborative projects with other art organizations in Japan and abroad. In 2015 he also launched art and design production project called “cagerow production” and aims to internationally connect skill, materials, wisdom and aesthetics.