PROFILE

Usugrow began his own artistic activity by creating flyers in underground punk and hard core music scene in early 90's. Since then, he has been involved in various album cover designs for bands and musicians regardless of genre, art directions and merchandises, and also collaborating with lots of skateboarding brands and fashion brands.

Usugrow expanded the range of his activity and done several solo exhibition at art galleries in Japan and overseas since 2005, and published his first monograph. In addition to his solo exhibition, he has been curating the group exhibition and book projects with Japanese artists since 2009.

He currently works on mainly illustration, painting and calligraphy as well as live painting, collaboration project with other artists and three-dimensional artwork.


EXHIBITIONS

USUGROW Solo exhibitions

  • 2015 "USUGROW SOLO EXHIBITION" @WOOLLOOMOOLOO EXHIBIT, Taipei Taiwan
  • 2015 "ORGANIC CONTRAST - Artworks of Usugrow" @DIESEL ART GALLERY, Tokyo Japan
  • 2014 "INKFLOW" @FIFTY24SF, San Francisco US
  • 2012 "INK MOON" @STOLEN SPACE GALLERY, London, UK
  • 2010 "DAY OF INK" @FIFTY24MX, Mexico city Mexico
  • 2010 "HASADHU IN THE NIGHT BEFORE A STORM" @STOLEN SPACE GALLERY, London, UK
  • 2008 "BEHIND THE BLACK, BEHIND THE WHITE" @FIFTY24PDX Portland, US
  • 2007 "LEARN A LIGHT BY DEFINING A SHADOW" @FIFTY24SF, San Francisco US
  • 2006 "THE PREVIEW" @BROOKLYN PROJECTS, Los Angeles US
  • 2005 "ORGANIC CONTRAST" @BK GALLERY, Sendai Japan

USUGROW Curated group exhibitions

  • 2016 MOJITEN 1 @HHH GALLERY, Tokyo Japan
    BIG SLEEPS, CRYPTIK, DEFER, MAYONAIZE, PITC, USUGROW
  • 2015 "MONOCHROME" @HHH GALLERY, Tokyo Japan
    Aaron Horkey, Mike Giant, Shohei, Kyotaro, Toshikazu Nozaka, Ozabu, Sadam, Usugrow
  • 2012 "AZMA" @FIFTY24MX, Mexico city Mexico
    Usugrow, Mozyskey, Syunoven, Shohei Otomo
  • 2011 "SHINGANIST SHOWCASE 3" @THC, Tokyo Japan
    Usugrow, Mozyskey, Toshikazu Nozaka, Syunoven, Jun Kaneko
  • 2009 "SHINGANIST SHOWCASE 2" @STOLEN SPACE GALLERY, London UK
    Usugrow, Mozyskey, Toshikazu Nozaka, Syunoven, Jun Kaneko
  • 2009 "SHINGANIST SHOWCASE 1" @FIFTY24SF, San Francisco US
    Usugrow, Mozyskey, Toshikazu Nozaka, Syunoven, Jun Kaneko

Selected Group exhibitions

  • 2016 "POW!WOW! HAWAII" Honolulu Hawaii
  • 2015 "POW!WOW! TOKYO" @TENNOZ ISLE Bond st, Tokyo Japan
  • 2014 "A STUDY OF HAIR" @BACKWOODS GALLERY, Melbourne Australia
  • 2013 "ORIENTAL ELEMENTS 2" @COMMON GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan
    TOSHIKAZU NOZAKA x USUGROW
  • 2013 "VII GROUP SHOW" @STOLENSPACE GALLERY, London UK
  • 2012 "HOSOMICHI" @HOLON GALLERY, Sendai Japan
  • 2012 "A STUDY OF HAND" @BACKWOODS GALLERY, Melbourne Australia
  • 2012 "OBEY YOUR MASTER Art tribute to METALLICA" @EXHIBIT A GALLERY, Los Angels US
  • 2011 "ORIENTAL ELEMENTS" @BACKWOODS GALLERY, Melbourne Australia
    TOSHIKAZU NOZAKA x USUGROW
  • 2010 "THE HUNDREADS x GARFIELD" @The Hundreds x Garfield Pop-Up Shop, Los Angeles US
  • 2010 "NEVER JUDGE...?" @STOLEN SPACE GALLERY, London UK
    A Group Exhibition In Association with Penguin Books
  • 2010 "FACES&LACES 2010" Moscow Russia
  • 2010 "LTRHDS Letterheads 2010" @1000 £ Bend, Melbourne Australia, @Red Bull Gallery, Sydney Australia
  • 2009 "CELERITAS" @SURU, Los Angeles US
  • 2008 "THE VADER PROJECT TOKYO" @Makuhari Messe, Tokyo Japan
  • 2008 "SCION INSTALLATION ART TOUR 2008" US US
  • 2007 "THE BEAST WITHIN" @SHOWROOM NYC, New York US
  • 2007 "REFILL7 TOKYO" @TOWER RECORDS SHIBUYA, Tokyo Japan
  • 2007 "CHAZ BOJORQUEZ Art show Osaka" @THREETIDES TATTOO, Osaka Japan
    CHAZ BOJORQUEZ x USUGROW Live paint
  • 2007 "MIKE GIANT x USUGROW" @WHITEWALLS SF GALLERY, San Francisco US
    MIKE GIANT x USUGROW
  • 2006 "REFILL SEVEN" @MTV Gallery, Sydney Australia
  • 2002 "PUSHEAD Presents SKELETAL CARNIVAL 2" Tokyo, Osaka, Japan
  • 1999 "PUSHEAD Presents SKELETAL CARNIVAL 1" Tokyo Japan

PROJECT

under construction