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Macha Suzuki

​​Bio

Macha Suzuki was born in Tokyo Japan in 1979; he immigrated to Los Angeles in 1988. He has a MFA from Claremont Graduate University in sculpture and a BA in studio art with emphases in painting and photography from Azusa Pacific University. Suzuki has exhibited his work regularly for the past twelve years in museums and galleries, nationally and internationally. He was represented by Sam Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, for 7 years, where he had two solo shows and a two-person show, until it closed it's doors in 2013. His other solo exhibitions include Wignall Museum, Vincent Price Art Museum, Laguna Art Museum, Gallery Lara Tokyo, Kravets/Wehby Gallery in NYC, Cypress College, and Biola University. Suzuki has also taught art and design at the college level for the past 12 years, and he is currently Clinical Assistant Professor at Loyola Marymount University. He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Statement

I tell stories, real life stories about my experiences: what I have done, what I have seen, and what I have heard. I do not necessarily convey these experiences factually. Instead, I dress them up with elaborate fabrications some would call lies.


I use images of humans and animals along with inanimate natural and man-made objects. I pull these images from my memories and experiences, taking them out of their original context and recreating them in scenes and objects that seem to be parts of larger stories. Things are extremely exaggerated and obscured to a point where they no longer function as representations of things of this world.


Although my sculptures appear to render truthfulness ridiculous, they are intended to provoke real human feelings and emotions such as defeat, joy, nostalgia and wonder. Many of my animals and inanimate objects are therefore given human characteristics.


I am not interested in telling a boring true-life story loaded with meanings and lessons. I tell stories that captivate and amuse, stories that make viewers want to come back for even better sequels.