After graduating from the Arts University of Tokyo in 1960, Susumu Shingu studied oil painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome from 1960 to 1962.

A painter, sculptor, researcher and philosopher of nature, the artist progressed towards sculpture and movement. Sculpting wind, water and gravity, Susumu Shingu uses high technologies and the talents of his time to create installations in harmony with the secrets rhythms of the planet. He often collaborates with personalities such as Renzo Piano, Tadao Ando, Issey Miyake, Jiři Kilián…

Entirely subjected to the forces of nature, his often-monumental sculptures have been installed around the world for the past 40 years. Wind Caravan, created in 2000, was a travelling installation with 21 sculptures presented in six of the most remote landscapes on Earth, famous for their extreme climate conditions and strong winds. Susumu Shingu’s Magnum Opus, entitled Breathing Earth, is the creation of a utopic and auto-sufficient village that runs with the natural energies of wind, water and sunlight.

A first exhibition, “Sculptures du respir”, was presented at the gallery in 2006, followed by “Planet of Wind and Water” in 2009 and “Beyond Time” in 2012. On June 21st, 2014, the “Susumu Shingu Wind Museum” was inaugurated in the Arimafuji Park of Sanda, near Osaka, Japan. Inaugurated by Tadao Ando, this open-air museum presents 12 moving sculptures by Susumu Shingu. At the same time, a restrospective of his work was organised in Kobé, and then travels in several Japanese museum in 2016.

 

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Susumu Shingu, Legend of Light, 2012
Stainless steel, aluminium and polyester cloth
88,6 × Ø 86,6 in
Photograph by Hervé Abbadie
Susumu Shingu, Legend of Flight (study), 2012
Ink on paper
9,5 × 10,7 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Susumu Shingu, Night Flight, 2012
Edition of 5
Stainless steel, aluminium and polyester
67,7 × 51,9 in
Photograph by Hervé Abbadie
Susumu Shingu, Snow-Flower, 2010
Stainless steel, aluminium and polyester cloth
98,4 × Ø 78,7 in
Photograph by Hervé Abbadie
Susumu Shingu, Moon Boat, 2009
Carbon fiber, aluminium, stainless steel and polyester cloth
73,2 × 53,5 in
Susumu Shingu, Small Banquet, 2012
Acrylic paint on paper
36,2 × 36,2 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Susumu Shingu, Secret Door, 2012
Collage and acrylic on paper
12,6 × 12,4 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Susumu Shingu, Floating Town, 2012
Stainless steel, aluminium and polyester cloth
53,2 × 90,6 × 106,3 in
Photograph by Hervé Abbadie
Susumu Shingu, Breathing Earth, 2009
Acrylic on paper
37,4 × 44,9 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi