Local Artist In Residence
1653 18th Street #2, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Born in Tokyo and raised in Los Angeles, Ichiro Irie received his B.A. from University of California, Santa Barbara and his M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University. In 2001, Irie went to Mexico City on a Fulbright fellowship, and has maintained an active relationship with the visual art community in Mexico. Irie has exhibited his work internationally in galleries and museums such as Bank Gallery in Los Angeles, CSW Museum in Warsaw, and Museo Carrillo Gil in Mexico City. In the past two years he has had solo shows at Sam Francis Gallery in Santa Monica, CA, Casa del Tunel: Art Center in Tijauna, MX, CAM Contemporaneo in Guadalajara, MX, and Yautepec Gallery in Mexico City. In 2011 and 2012, he exhibited at Hendershot gallery in New York City, Museo del Chopo in Mexico City, Torrance Art Museum in Torrance, CA, Jens Fehring gallery in Frankfurt, and the first Sur Biennial in East Los Angeles. As a curator he has organized over 30 exhibitions at venues such as 18th Street Arts Center and Raid Projects in Los Angeles, Art & Idea and MUCA Roma in Mexico City, and Kyubidou Gallery in Tokyo. Between the years 2002 and 2007 he founded and edited the contemporary art publication RiM magazine. He is also the founding member of the artist collective Cacahuates Japoneses, and is owner and director of JAUS gallery in Los Angeles. Irie currently lives and works in Los Angeles, teaches at Santa Monica College and Oxnard College, and is an artist in residence at the 18th Street Arts Center.