After earning his diploma at the University of the Arts in Tokyo in 1960, Susumu Shingu studied painting at the Academy des Beaux-Arts in Rome between 1960 and 1962.
Painter, sculptor and philosopher of nature, the artist soon dedicated himself to sculpture and movement. Working with the natural elements, such as wind, water and gravity, Susumu Shingu also uses the means of high technology of his time to create works in harmony with the secret rhythms of the planet. He has regularly collaborated with the greatest talents of his era, such as Renzo Piano, Tadao Ando, Issey Miyake, Jiři Kilián, …
Monumental sculptures of Susumu Shingu have been installed throughout the world since the last 40 years. Wind Caravan, created in 2000, is composed of 21 sculptures, and traveled to 6 of the most isolated places on the planet, renowned for their extreme and windy climates. The great project of his life Breathing Earth, renamed today Atelier Earth, is the the creation of a self-sufficient utopian village, which would depend only on natural energies such as wind, water and sun.
A first exhibition Sculptures du respir, was dedicated to Susumu Shingu at the gallery in 2006, followed by Planet of Wind and Water in 2009 and Beyond Time in 2012. In October, on the occasion of the outdoor program of FIAC Hors les murs in Paris, the sculpture Sinfonietta of Light, is installed in the large pond of Jardin des Tuileries.
On June 21, 2014, the Susumu Shingu Wind Museum was inaugurated by Tadao Ando in Arimafuji Park in Sanda, near Osaka in Japan. This open-air museum hosts 12 animated sculptures by Susumu Shingu. A restrospective of his work opened in Kobé at the same time, and traveled in 2016 to several museums in Japan.
In 2015, one of Susumu Shingu’s major works was presented on the occasion of the Quinte-Essence exhibition celebrating the gallery’s 90th year of activity.
In 2017, the artist was invited to participate in a group show in Belgium at the Gaasbeek Castle on the occasion of the curated exhibition Kairos Castle. The exhibition De nature en sculpture organised at the Villa Datris Foundation in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgues, featured one of the artist’s mobile sculptures. A work by Susumu Shingu was also presented during the exhibition Passion de l’Art – Galerie Jeanne Bucher Jaeger depuis 1925, the first retrospective dedicated to the gallery’s history, at the Musée Granet in Aix-en-Provence.
Susumu Shingu was also shown at the exhibition Artes e Letras: as edições da Galeria Jeanne Bucher Jaegerat the Árpád Szenes-Vieira da Silva Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal, dedicated to the important editorial activity of the gallery from 1925 until today.
In 2017, Susumu Shingu’s artworks feature in the exhibitions Corps et Ames and Whispers to the Earth, organized by the gallery. Three sculptures by the artist are installed in the Cultural Center of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation in Athens, designed by Renzo Piano.
In 2018, MUDAM, museum of modern art in Luxembourg, organized an important solo show of Susumu Shingu entitled SPACESHIP. In Paris, in dialogue with the exhibition in Luxembourg, the gallery organised a solo show of the artist entitled Cosmos.
On the occasion of the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the Château de Chambord as well as the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, Susumu Shingu was invited in October 2019 by the Domaine National de Chambord for a large personal exhibition entitled Susumu Shingu, a utopia of today. Among the preparatory drawings and photographs of the site, features the model of the utopian village Atelier Earth, designed by the artist and which will soon be inaugurated in the Arimafuji Park in Sanda, Japan. Mobile sculptures are presented, along with the artist’s drawings and notebooks. Several works are also displayed outside the chateau, including the yellow wings of the Wind Caravan and a magnificent floating sculpture on the canal in front of the castle.