Kishio Suga was born in 1944 in Morioka, Japan. He currently lives and works in Shizuoka, Japan. Like other artists of his generation, he trained at Tama Art University in Tokyo before becoming one of the key figures of the Mono-ha movement in the 1960s. His first works were principally ephemeral installations, which are only documented in black and white photographs, but today Kishio Suga principally makes works that move closer towards natural elements such as stones and wood, as well as industrial materials such as plastic and steel. In the way he combines them, Suga explores the interaction between materials and the environment that surrounds them.
In 2016 the Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan dedicated a large retrospective to Kishio Suga. Recent exhibitions dedicated to his work include those at: Blain|Southern, London (2015) and Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo (2015). His work was included in the exhibition “Prima Materia” (2013-15) at Punta della Dogana.