Greg Ito

Greg Ito’s dream-like paintings reference a personal lexicon of symbols and imagery — burning candles, keyholes, windows, snakes, moons and suns through which he inhabits a state of lucid dreaming in which daily life dilates into fantasy. These repeated symbols and motifs often mine his family’s history of forced relocation to concentration camps during World War II. During their internment at the Gila River War Relocation Center in Arizona, his grandparents’ romance blossomed, offering light during dark days. Themes of time, love, loss, hope, and tragedy materialize in his flat graphic style, often portrayed via comic book style panels on canvas where pinks, purples and blues dominate his palette.

Greg Ito

1987
Born in Los Angeles, CA
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Education

2008
BFA, San Francisco Art Institute - SFAI

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2020
TBD, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA. (forthcoming)
2019
Enchantment, Division Gallery, Montreal, QC.
Lock and Key, Smart Objects, Los Angeles, CA. (two person w/ Michael Stasis)
The Garden, Penske Projects, Los Angeles, CA.
A Swamp Tale, No Place Gallery, Columbus, OH.
One Way Out, The Drake Hotel, Toronto, ON.
Enchantment, Arsenal Contemporary, Toronto, ON.
2018
Time Traveller, Public Lands, Sacramento, CA.
Hallowed Ground, ArtCubed, Los Angeles, CA.
Sun Sprawl (w/ Mario Ayala), Club Pro, Los Angeles, CA.
2017
Lullaby, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL.
2016
Soothsayer, Steve Turner, Los Angeles, CA.
2015
THE ORDER OF SHADOWBOXING (w/ Alex Ito), Et al., San Francisco, CA.
AFTER GRUEN (w/ Alex Ito), S-A-D-E, Los Angeles, CA.
2014
CHILDREN (w/ Chris Lux), Mission Comics, San Francisco, CA.
Heavy Withdrawals, City Limits, Oakland, CA.
Something Other Than, (w/ Jonah Susskind) - The Hills Esthetic Center, Chicago, IL.
2013
and when you thought it would last forever..., The Popular Workshop, San Francisco, CA.
There is No Telling What..., (w/ Carey Lin), Truesilver Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2012
Moonstruck, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2011
Horizon’s Passing, Water McBeer Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Point of Vision, Gallery Hijinks, San Francisco, CA.
Story of the Time Tellers, Free Gold Watch, San Francisco, CA.
2010
The Path to Dyad (w/ Korakrit Arunanondchai), Kokoro Studio, San Francisco, CA.
2008
At Lands’ End, (w/ Christian Ebert), The Klimm Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

Group Exhibitions

2020
Frieze Los Angeles, with Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA. (forthcoming)
2019
The Passenger, Klowden Mann, Los Angeles, CA
Art Toronto, with Galerie Division, Montreal, QC.
Sanctuary, Fused Space, San Francisco, CA.
Biophilia, Maake Magazine, Yucca Valley, CA.
Temporary Resting Place, Three Four Three Four, New York, NY.
2018
The Private Collection of Water McBeer, Jeffery Deitch, New York, NY.
Divided Brain (group), Lava Projects, Los Angeles, CA.
Innocence, Super Dutchess, New York, NY.
Note G, Chicago Manual of Style, Chicago, IL.
Sun Kissed Chokehold, Y53, Los Angeles, CA.
2017
Broken Language, Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, CA.
EXPAT, R/SF, San Francisco, CA.
Made in San Francisco, Romer Young, San Francisco, CA.
2016
It Started With A Rose, 315 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Cecilia Salama.
Summer Fling: The Barn Show, Johannes Vogt, East Hampton, NY.
8) Lauren Elder, Greg Ito, Kara Joslyn, SPF15, San Diego, CA.
Over and Under (w/ Adam Cruces and Louisa Gagliardi), MON CHÉRI, Brussels, Belgium.
2015
Time Flies Like A Banana (w/ Ron Ewert & Josh Reames), Johannes Vogt, New York, NY.
Casual Friday, VACANCY, Los Angeles, CA.
PRTY PPL, Circuit 12, Dallas, TX. Curated by Josh Reames.
2014
Effeminaries, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL. Curated by Matt Morris.
BAN7, YBCA - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA.
Battery Vol. III - The Battery, San Francisco, CA.
2013
Another APP Store, Sol, Sacramento, CA.
2012
New World, New Sequence, YBCA - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA.
Ancient-Future-Super-Natural, Ictus Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Nothing is True, Nothing is Untrue, Sherwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2011
Seven years of MoPA, Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO.
Bay Area Currents, Pro Arts, Oakland, CA.
Linear Empires, White Walls, San Francisco, CA.
2010
Mountain’s Folding, Mountain Fold, New York, NY.
So Much is Burning, Heist Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2009
MoPA, The Lab, San Francisco, CA.
Introductions, Root Division, San Francisco, CA.
4th National Juried Exhibition, Axis Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
Joyride - BFF09, San Francisco, CA.
When Times Converge, Empire Seven Studios, San Jose, CA.
2008
We, Oakland, CA
Architects of the Unknown, San Francisco, CA.
Ways and Means, San Francisco, CA.
2007
Camera 1 Camera 2, The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
International Karaoke, San Francisco, CA.

Fairs

2019
FOG Design+Art w/ Park Life, San Francisco, CA.
2018
ALAC w/ Club Pro, Los Angeles, CA.
Material Art Fair w/ R/SF, San Francisco, CA.

Awards/Residencies

2019
The Macedonia Institute Residency, Hudson Valley, NY. (forthcoming)
2013
LOOP Arts Award, Oakland, CA.
Truesilver Residency, San Francisco, CA.
2011
SECA Honorary Committee Member, San Francisco, CA.

Greg Ito

BIOGRAPHY

CV

Greg Ito One For The Road, 2019
Acrylic on canvas 40 x 60 inches / 101.6 x 152.4 cm
Greg Ito Night Signals, 2018
Acrylic on canvas 34 x 25 inches / 86.4 x 63.5 cm
Greg Ito All Rivers Lead To The Sea, 2019
Acrylic on canvas 24 x 20 inches / 61 x 50.8 cm
Greg Ito Follow The Leader, 2018
Acrylic on canvas 72 x 47.5 inches / 182.9 x 120.7 cm
Greg Ito Snakes In The Garden, 2018
Acrylic on canvas 74 x 48 inches / 188 x 121.9 cm
Greg Ito The Garden, 2019
Acrylic on canvas 47 x 47 inches / 119.4 x 119.4 cm
Greg Ito Wild Flower, 2019
Acrylic on canvas 40 x 30 inches / 101.6 x 76.2 cm
Greg Ito The Hunt, 2019
Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 inches / 101.6 x 76.2 cm
Enchantment, 2019
Galerie Division, Toronto, Installation view
Enchantment, 2019
Galerie Division, Toronto, Installation view
Enchantment, 2019
Galerie Division, Toronto, Installation view
Enchantment, 2019
Galerie Division, Toronto, Installation view
Enchantment, 2019
Galerie Division, Toronto, Installation view
Enchantment, 2019
Galerie Division, Toronto, Installation view

BIOGRAPHY

Greg Ito’s dream-like paintings reference a personal lexicon of symbols and imagery — burning candles, keyholes, windows, snakes, moons and suns through which he inhabits a state of lucid dreaming in which daily life dilates into fantasy. These repeated symbols and motifs often mine his family’s history of forced relocation to concentration camps during World War II. During their internment at the Gila River War Relocation Center in Arizona, his grandparents’ romance blossomed, offering light during dark days. Themes of time, love, loss, hope, and tragedy materialize in his flat graphic style, often portrayed via comic book style panels on canvas where pinks, purples and blues dominate his palette.

CV

Greg Ito

1987
Born in Los Angeles, CA
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Education

2008
BFA, San Francisco Art Institute - SFAI

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2020
TBD, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA. (forthcoming)
2019
Enchantment, Division Gallery, Montreal, QC.
Lock and Key, Smart Objects, Los Angeles, CA. (two person w/ Michael Stasis)
The Garden, Penske Projects, Los Angeles, CA.
A Swamp Tale, No Place Gallery, Columbus, OH.
One Way Out, The Drake Hotel, Toronto, ON.
Enchantment, Arsenal Contemporary, Toronto, ON.
2018
Time Traveller, Public Lands, Sacramento, CA.
Hallowed Ground, ArtCubed, Los Angeles, CA.
Sun Sprawl (w/ Mario Ayala), Club Pro, Los Angeles, CA.
2017
Lullaby, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL.
2016
Soothsayer, Steve Turner, Los Angeles, CA.
2015
THE ORDER OF SHADOWBOXING (w/ Alex Ito), Et al., San Francisco, CA.
AFTER GRUEN (w/ Alex Ito), S-A-D-E, Los Angeles, CA.
2014
CHILDREN (w/ Chris Lux), Mission Comics, San Francisco, CA.
Heavy Withdrawals, City Limits, Oakland, CA.
Something Other Than, (w/ Jonah Susskind) - The Hills Esthetic Center, Chicago, IL.
2013
and when you thought it would last forever..., The Popular Workshop, San Francisco, CA.
There is No Telling What..., (w/ Carey Lin), Truesilver Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2012
Moonstruck, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2011
Horizon’s Passing, Water McBeer Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Point of Vision, Gallery Hijinks, San Francisco, CA.
Story of the Time Tellers, Free Gold Watch, San Francisco, CA.
2010
The Path to Dyad (w/ Korakrit Arunanondchai), Kokoro Studio, San Francisco, CA.
2008
At Lands’ End, (w/ Christian Ebert), The Klimm Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

Group Exhibitions

2020
Frieze Los Angeles, with Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA. (forthcoming)
2019
The Passenger, Klowden Mann, Los Angeles, CA
Art Toronto, with Galerie Division, Montreal, QC.
Sanctuary, Fused Space, San Francisco, CA.
Biophilia, Maake Magazine, Yucca Valley, CA.
Temporary Resting Place, Three Four Three Four, New York, NY.
2018
The Private Collection of Water McBeer, Jeffery Deitch, New York, NY.
Divided Brain (group), Lava Projects, Los Angeles, CA.
Innocence, Super Dutchess, New York, NY.
Note G, Chicago Manual of Style, Chicago, IL.
Sun Kissed Chokehold, Y53, Los Angeles, CA.
2017
Broken Language, Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, CA.
EXPAT, R/SF, San Francisco, CA.
Made in San Francisco, Romer Young, San Francisco, CA.
2016
It Started With A Rose, 315 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Cecilia Salama.
Summer Fling: The Barn Show, Johannes Vogt, East Hampton, NY.
8) Lauren Elder, Greg Ito, Kara Joslyn, SPF15, San Diego, CA.
Over and Under (w/ Adam Cruces and Louisa Gagliardi), MON CHÉRI, Brussels, Belgium.
2015
Time Flies Like A Banana (w/ Ron Ewert & Josh Reames), Johannes Vogt, New York, NY.
Casual Friday, VACANCY, Los Angeles, CA.
PRTY PPL, Circuit 12, Dallas, TX. Curated by Josh Reames.
2014
Effeminaries, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL. Curated by Matt Morris.
BAN7, YBCA - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA.
Battery Vol. III - The Battery, San Francisco, CA.
2013
Another APP Store, Sol, Sacramento, CA.
2012
New World, New Sequence, YBCA - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA.
Ancient-Future-Super-Natural, Ictus Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Nothing is True, Nothing is Untrue, Sherwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2011
Seven years of MoPA, Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis, MO.
Bay Area Currents, Pro Arts, Oakland, CA.
Linear Empires, White Walls, San Francisco, CA.
2010
Mountain’s Folding, Mountain Fold, New York, NY.
So Much is Burning, Heist Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2009
MoPA, The Lab, San Francisco, CA.
Introductions, Root Division, San Francisco, CA.
4th National Juried Exhibition, Axis Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
Joyride - BFF09, San Francisco, CA.
When Times Converge, Empire Seven Studios, San Jose, CA.
2008
We, Oakland, CA
Architects of the Unknown, San Francisco, CA.
Ways and Means, San Francisco, CA.
2007
Camera 1 Camera 2, The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
International Karaoke, San Francisco, CA.

Fairs

2019
FOG Design+Art w/ Park Life, San Francisco, CA.
2018
ALAC w/ Club Pro, Los Angeles, CA.
Material Art Fair w/ R/SF, San Francisco, CA.

Awards/Residencies

2019
The Macedonia Institute Residency, Hudson Valley, NY. (forthcoming)
2013
LOOP Arts Award, Oakland, CA.
Truesilver Residency, San Francisco, CA.
2011
SECA Honorary Committee Member, San Francisco, CA.