Susumu Kamijo (b. 1975, Nagano, Japan) holds 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's paintings and drawings take an abstract approach to familiar subjects such as animals and human faces, playing with forms and colours with a concise handling of media. Since 2014, he has been working on a series of colorful drawings depicting poodles and more recently has expanded his exploration of the subject onto canvas. Kamijo has had solo exhibitions at Stems, Brussels (BE), GNYP, Berlin (DE), Harper's Books, New York (NY), Marvin Gardens, Queens (NY) and Masahiro Maki Gallery, Tokyo (JP). He currently lives and works in Brooklyn in the company of one Poodle and one Wire Fox Terrier, which visibly informs Kamijo’s work.