← Fellowship Alumni

Maiko Sugano

While at Kala, I plan to explore the possibilities around combining my wood sculptures with digital prints to create hybrid forms. At Kala, I will discover how to work with new materials and methods. Using a smooth gradation of a photo print, I hope to turn my wooden sculptures into something I have never seen.

Maiko Sugano was born in Tokyo in 1974. Maiko Sugano graduated from the School of Fine Arts at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts & Music in 1997, and in the same year she received the Excellence Prize in the Parco URBANART #6 competition. After working for a design firm, she embarked on a round-the-globe trip, and ended up living in San Francisco in 2000. She was a recipient of the Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship and also the Wornick Scholarship from California College of Arts. In 2004 she completed her MFA at California College of the Arts, and since 2006 she has been working as an assistant researcher at the department of Intermedia Art at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts & Music. In 2009, she received a grant as part of the “Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artist” from the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan, to research art and art environments at the MARTa Herford Museum in Germany. 2014, PhD in FineArt at Tokyo University of the Arts. Now, she is currently researching art and communication in Japanese domestic environments while continuing her artwork.