Artist Statement

Rejecting the rigid and competitive world of his youth, Hiromitsu Kuroo embraced the artistic world, where creativity, individuality, and self-expression are held in high esteem. Being a Japanese expatriate in New York, Kuroo struggles with his cultural identity and his current New York existence. Through his work, he attempts to bridge these two very different worlds.

Born in Yokohama, Japan, Kuroo is a collage painter working in the tradition of Origami (the art of folding paper). In his case, the canvas serves as the paper, and the gentle manipulation of its surface is how he conveys intricate textural landscapes. The multiple layers of colors in his folded canvases are revealed by sanding the canvas surface. Interested in the juxtaposition and vitality of collaged pieces of canvas, he uses them to accentuate other emerging shapes in his compositions.

In the United States, he has had solo shows at The Bronx Community college, NY (2006), Gloria Kennedy Gallery, NY (2007, 2008 and 2009), Graphite.NY (2011), Tenri Gallery NY (2012) ,1133 Lobby gallery (2014) and MIKIMOTO NY (2014) . He was awarded The Pollock-Krasner foundation Grant (2010).

Hiromitsu Kuroo’s works are held in the permanent collections of Miyagi National School of Technology, Tohuku University of Art and Design, and by the City of Yamagata, Japan. Kuroo lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2014 “Hiromitsu Kuroo” MIKIMOTO NY (New York)

2014 “Hiromitsu Kuroo” 1133 Lobby Gallery The Durst Organization and chashama present (New York)

2012 “Kan no Mado” Tenri Gallery (New York)

2012 “Stroke” Makari (New York)

2011 “Seeds of Expression” Graphite (New York)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 - Little Things Mean a Lot (Wook Choi Gallery, NY)

2015 - Asian Society of Arts, Annual Exhibition, (Tenri Gallery, NY)

2015 - Layers: skal art project presents, (BOE, Brooklyn, NY)

2014 - Summer Salon Exhibition (Makari, NY)

2013 - Past, Present, Present (Gallery128, NY)

2013 - Asian Society of Arts, Annual Exhibition, Caelum Gallery, NY

2012 - Studio Artist Exhibition (NARS Foundation, NY)


2010 - Recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

Selected Collections

Yamagata Prefecture; Tohoku University of Art and Design; Miyagi National Center of Technology


1998 - MFA Tohoku University of Art and Design

1996 - BFA Tohoku University of Art and Design