Japanese Minimalist Art by Susumu Kamijo
Japanese Minimalist Art
Susumu Kamijo is a contemporary artist, focusing on Japanese minimalist art. Kamijo uses drawing and painting in succession to create minimalistic figures. Main influences are Willem de Kooning and Francis Bacon, both being also minimalist artists.
Born in Nagano, Japan in 1975, Susumu Kamijo lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. “I started taking art classes in college, like when I was 18 or something.” Kamijo explains. “[…] it was fun, and I was interested in other things like anthropology, philosophy, writing“. Although Kamijo’s first thoughts while studying were not to become an artist, art prevailed. And this is wonderful.
“In a philosophy class you had to spend like 20-30 hours trying to write a paper, but in a painting class I would just bring a painting and I didn’t have to write any papers.” Kamijo has stated. Having said that, Kamijo was getting decent grades. “I switched and decided to become an art major because that was the only way I could graduate“.
From then one he works as an artist. In this article his latest show, I’ll Tell You Later, is presented. The result is impressive. Enjoy.