Originally from Hyogo, Japan, Kenzo graduated from Parsons School of Design with a BFA in
Product Design after majored Western Philosophy in Japan. Before he established himself as
an artist / designer, he started out his career as a set designer for TV broadcast including MTV
and Sci-Fi Channel which lead to shoot his own shorts and TV spots, and worked in broadcast
as an art director, director, and motion graphic designer for 7 years. He also has done multiple
projects as interface designer with team of M.I.T. media lab for multimedia art projects.
As an artist, He was featured in multiple publication includes V Magazine, The New York Times
Magazine, Men's Vogue, Dazed and Confused, W Magazine, Surface Magazine, Flaunt
Magazine, Blackbook, Soma, Relax Magazine, Blag magazine, Lodown, XLR8R, WAD
Magazine, Gas, Popeye Magazine, +81, MdN, i-D, Kelvin Colour Today (dgv), This Gun Is for
Hire: From Personal to Corporate Design Projects (dgv), Hidden Track (dgv), Introducing (dgv),
Fashionize : The Art of Fashion Illustration (Delicatessen), Fashion Illustration Next (Thames
and Hudson), IdN magazine, Monitor, Form, Pour le Victoire, Heavy Change, and Flip the Script,
among many others. He also has written multiple reviews, articles, and prefaces for
His work and design was also commission by Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft, Dell, Raf
Simons, MTV, Fuse, VH1, Sharp, Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Converse, International DeeJay
Gigolo, Hankyu, Kose, Marui, Kidrobot, Ace Hotel, Tribeca Grand Hotel, among others.
He was the first Artist commissioned to do mural painting for Nike's first art project space in NYC
as well as another show they had at Chelsea Art Museum (both in 2003). He also contributed for
the shows at Visionaire Gallery and Phillips de Pury & Company for W magazine as well as
Scope Art Fair for Jaguar and W magazine (both in 2004).
He had his first solo exhibit “Codex 408” which included his mural painting, prints, and video
work as first of 2 shows at The Aquos Project in Soho NYC.
He was featured in “I am What I am” ad campaign by Reebok among Jay-Z, 50 cent, Lucy Liu,
Christina Ricci, Allen Iverson, Yao Ming, Basquiat, and others in 2005 / 2006. He was one of the
selected few artists for its “Artist Series” and his campaign was run together with Basquiat.
He also released his own model of Reebok Pump Fury, limited of 500 pairs worldwide, released
also together with Basquiat model in Fall of 2005.
He also had a interview segment with ABC World News with Charles Gibson, under the title “Not
Your Average Artist”.
His design KENZO MINAMI DUNNY (2006), collaboration with Kidrobot, is a part of MOMA
Architecture and Design collection.
He was one of 4 artists chosen for the show FAMOUS CARS + FAMOUS PEOPLE, along with
Andy Warhol, Robert Longo and David Hockney, hosted by Chloë Sevigny in 2007. The show
was by Mercedes-Benz and to celebrate notable people from the past through the present day.
He was chosen to represent the present day. The show was also to reveal 17 Warhol pieces
that hasn’t seen in public for over 20 years.
Also in 2007, he was chosen as one of 35 people for “Johnnie Walker Blue Label Celebrates 35
Under 35” which was designed to celebrate the brightest young minds across a broad cross-
section of disciplines including artists, writers, music executives, comedians and designers.
Among those being honored are award-winning photographers and filmmakers, record label
executives, fashion designers, leaders in the non-profit world, the star of a hit MTV show,
technology gurus and authors-those leading the way, working to make a difference and setting
the standard in their industries.
In 2009, he had a solo show "REMAKES" at The Gallery at Soho Grand Hotel, presented by
Grandlife and Print Magazine.
Also in 2009, he was part of the show PAPERBALL, a fundraiser celebrating one year
anniversary of Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), along with artists including Issey Miyake,
threeASFOUR, Surface to Air, and Craig McDean among others.
He also has his own garment project line since Spring 2004. The line is sold at Seven New
York, Ron Herman, Isetan (Tokyo), Loveless (Tokyo), among many others globally.
Kenzo lives and works in New York City.