Joe Suzuki is a visual artist working in Los Angeles. He was born in Tokyo and immigrated to the United States in 1988. Suzuki received his BA and MA in fine art from Cal State Northridge and his MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 2005. Suzuki's artworks often recontextualize cultural icons in a new way, becoming icons themselves.
"I think of my work as artifacts of my own particular mixed culture, which developed as a result of being an immigrant to the US during the late 80's in my early teens. During a long assimilation process, I found myself not belonging to either culture, but rather somewhere in between, and I ultimately began to accept and celebrate my peculiar culture.
I view my culture as a confluence of multiple vectors with no hierarchy or order. I am interested, both visually and conceptually, in melding and mending such notions as East vs. West, high vs. low, commodity vs. craft, tradition vs. fads, and icon vs. iconoclasm".
Suzuki's artworks have been shown in LA, NY, Denver, Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Montreal, Denmark, Paris, London, Sydney and Johannesburg.