Greg Ito

Greg Ito embraces a graphic visual style to create cinematic paintings and installations that address themes of time, love, loss, hope, and tragedy. A gifted storyteller, the artist incorporates personal and family narratives into his dense compositions, such as his grandparents’ forced relocation to concentration camps during World War II. During their internment at the Gila River War Relocation Center in Arizona, their romance blossomed, offering light during dark days, a recurring motif.

Ito’s work imagines dream-like worlds inspired by his hometown of Los Angeles and opens portals to alternate timelines where daily life dilates into fantasy. The artist draws from an ever-expanding lexicon of symbols and imagery ranging from burning candles, keyholes, and windows, to snakes, moons, and suns. Ito uses a distinct palette of off-nature colors to depict scenes of wildfires, disaster, and destruction, that simultaneously asserts an optimistic outlook in uncertain times as he fills his work with icons of new life—growing vines, flittering butterflies, and transcendent skies.

Greg Ito (b. 1987, Los Angeles, CA) embraces a graphic visual style to create cinematic paintings and installations that address themes of time, love, loss, hope, and tragedy. Ito earned his BFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 2008. His work has been exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions including Maki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA; Division Gallery, Montreal, QC; Arsenal Contemporary, Toronto, ON; Jeffrey Deitch New York, NY; Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL; Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, CA; Et al, San Francisco, CA; and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts – YBCA, San Francisco, CA. A forthcoming solo exhibition at Anat Ebgi Los Angeles will open Fall 2021. Ito lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

EXHIBITIONS

The Arrival of Spring, Art Basel Hong Kong, May 19 – 23, 2021

Good Company: Pt. 1, December 5, 2020 – March 6, 2021

Frieze Los Angeles, February 13 – 16, 2020

 

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

2022
Solo Exhibition, ICA San Diego, San Diego, CA (forthcoming)
2021
Apparition, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA.
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

2022
Group Exhibition, Commune, Tokyo. (forthcoming)
2020
L.A. Views, Maki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Good Company: Pt. 1, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA
Group Exhibition, Patel Gallery, Toronto, ON.
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

2021
Art Basel Hong King, with Anat Ebgi, Hong Kong, China (forthcoming)
2020
Frieze Los Angeles, with Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA.
2019
Art Toronto, with Galerie Division, Canada.
NADA, with Galerie Division, Canada.
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.

Selected Press

2021
Lew, Agnes. "Agnes Lew Interviews AAPI Artist Greg Ito." Reach Further/East West Bank. June 3, 2021. (Link)
Nauman, Nicholas. "Artist Greg Ito and gallerist Anat Ebgi on family, collaboration, and their ambitious Hong Kong plans." ArtBasel.com. May 2021 (Link)
Hill-choi, Lee. "Art Basel Hong Kong: everything you need to know about Asia’s largest art fair." South China Morning Press. 19 May 2021. (Link)
Bailey, Stephanie. "Art Basel Hong Kong: Artist Highlights." Ocula. 12 May 2021 (Link)
2020
Ito, Greg. "The Seer." LALA Magazine. Summer 2020. [Print] (Link)
Preston Zappas, Lindsay. "Art Insider: Artist sets up sign-making stations at LA protests." KCRW. June 9, 2020. (Link)
Voon, Claire. "7 Artists on Creating New Work during Quarantine." Artsy. May 5, 2020. (Link)
Freeman, Nate. "Frieze Los Angeles Opens With Big Sales to Mega-Celebrities and Hollywood Muscle Alike." artnet. February 14, 2020. (Link)
Reizman, Renée. "This Year, Frieze Los Angeles Feels Grand, Celebratory, and Actually Kind of Fun." Hyperallergic. February 14, 2020. (Link)
Sutton, Benjamin. "The Ten Best Booths at Frieze Los Angeles." Artsy. February 14, 2020. (Link)
2019
Boddington, Ruby. "Greg Ito’s meticulous portfolio of paintings explores 'time, love, loss, hope, and tragedy'," It's Nice That. (Link)
Ghassemitari, Shawn. "All the Interesting Things Happen at the Transitions," Amadeus. (Link)
Fischer, Jim. "Arts Preview: Greg Ito: ‘A Swamp Tale’," Columbus Alive. (Link)
2018
Kelley, Sonaiya. "When artist Greg Ito collaborates with ‘Top Chef’s’ Richard Blais, you get ArtxFood," Los Angeles Times. (Link)
2017
Anderson, Alex. "Greg Ito Offers a Pictoral Language for our Dreams," Artslant. (Link)

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.

Collections

The Fidelity Collection
Hallmark Art Collection

Greg Ito

BIOGRAPHY

CV

Greg Ito Paradise, 2021 Acrylic on canvas over panel 50" x 16' 8" [HxW] (127 x 508 cm) Inventory #GI1111
Greg Ito Burn and Bloom, 2021 Acrylic on canvas over panel 60" x 38" [HxW] (152.4 x 96.52 cm) Inventory #GI1118
Greg Ito The Ascending Flame, 2021 Acrylic on canvas over panel 51" x 51" [HxW] (129.54 x 129.54 cm) Inventory #GI1117
Greg Ito Clockwork, 2021 Acrylic on canvas over panel 82" x 72" [HxW] (208.28 x 182.88 cm) Inventory #GI1116
Greg Ito Still Standing, 2021 Enamel, acrylic, epoxy clay, wood and charcoal 48" x 36" x 36" [HxWxD] (121.92 x 91.44 x 91.44 cm) Inventory #GI1119
Greg Ito Still Standing, 2021 Enamel, acrylic, epoxy clay, wood and charcoal 48" x 36" x 36" [HxWxD] (121.92 x 91.44 x 91.44 cm) Inventory #GI1119
Greg Ito As The Curtains Close, 2020
Acrylic on canvas over panel 48 x 84 inches / 121.9 x 213.4 cm
Greg Ito As The Curtains Close, 2020
Acrylic on canvas over panel 48 x 84 inches / 121.9 x 213.4 cm
Greg Ito As The Curtains Close, 2020
Detail
Greg Ito As The Curtains Close, 2020
Detail
Greg Ito Dance of Ages, 2020
Acrylic on canvas over panel 72 inches diameter / 182.9 cm
Greg Ito Dance of Ages, 2020
Detail
Greg Ito Dance of Ages, 2020
Detail
Greg Ito A World in Between, 2020
Acrylic on canvas over panel 36 x 96 inches / 91.4 x 243.8 cm
Greg Ito The Key, 2020
Acrylic on canvas over panel 60 x 38 inches / 152.4 x 96.5 cm
Greg Ito The Doorway, 2020
Acrylic on canvas over panel 60 x 40 inches / 152.4 x 101.6 cm
Greg Ito Birds and Bees, 2020
Acrylic on canvas over panel Diameter 48 inches / 121.9 cm
Greg Ito Home with a View, 2019
Acrylic on canvas Diameter 34 inches / 86.4 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 inches / 119.4 cm (diameter)
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 embraces a graphic visual style to create cinematic paintings and installations that address themes of time, love, loss, hope, and tragedy. A gifted storyteller, the artist incorporates personal and family narratives into his dense compositions, such as his grandparents’ forced relocation to concentration camps during World War II. During their internment at the Gila River War Relocation Center in Arizona, their romance blossomed, offering light during dark days, a recurring motif.

Ito’s work imagines dream-like worlds inspired by his hometown of Los Angeles and opens portals to alternate timelines where daily life dilates into fantasy. The artist draws from an ever-expanding lexicon of symbols and imagery ranging from burning candles, keyholes, and windows, to snakes, moons, and suns. Ito uses a distinct palette of off-nature colors to depict scenes of wildfires, disaster, and destruction, that simultaneously asserts an optimistic outlook in uncertain times as he fills his work with icons of new life—growing vines, flittering butterflies, and transcendent skies.

Greg Ito (b. 1987, Los Angeles, CA) embraces a graphic visual style to create cinematic paintings and installations that address themes of time, love, loss, hope, and tragedy. Ito earned his BFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 2008. His work has been exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions including Maki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA; Division Gallery, Montreal, QC; Arsenal Contemporary, Toronto, ON; Jeffrey Deitch New York, NY; Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL; Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, CA; Et al, San Francisco, CA; and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts – YBCA, San Francisco, CA. A forthcoming solo exhibition at Anat Ebgi Los Angeles will open Fall 2021. Ito lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

EXHIBITIONS

The Arrival of Spring, Art Basel Hong Kong, May 19 – 23, 2021

Good Company: Pt. 1, December 5, 2020 – March 6, 2021

Frieze Los Angeles, February 13 – 16, 2020

 

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

2022
Solo Exhibition, ICA San Diego, San Diego, CA (forthcoming)
2021
Apparition, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA.
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

2022
Group Exhibition, Commune, Tokyo. (forthcoming)
2020
L.A. Views, Maki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Good Company: Pt. 1, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA
Group Exhibition, Patel Gallery, Toronto, ON.
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

2021
Art Basel Hong King, with Anat Ebgi, Hong Kong, China (forthcoming)
2020
Frieze Los Angeles, with Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA.
2019
Art Toronto, with Galerie Division, Canada.
NADA, with Galerie Division, Canada.
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.

Selected Press

2021
Lew, Agnes. "Agnes Lew Interviews AAPI Artist Greg Ito." Reach Further/East West Bank. June 3, 2021. (Link)
Nauman, Nicholas. "Artist Greg Ito and gallerist Anat Ebgi on family, collaboration, and their ambitious Hong Kong plans." ArtBasel.com. May 2021 (Link)
Hill-choi, Lee. "Art Basel Hong Kong: everything you need to know about Asia’s largest art fair." South China Morning Press. 19 May 2021. (Link)
Bailey, Stephanie. "Art Basel Hong Kong: Artist Highlights." Ocula. 12 May 2021 (Link)
2020
Ito, Greg. "The Seer." LALA Magazine. Summer 2020. [Print] (Link)
Preston Zappas, Lindsay. "Art Insider: Artist sets up sign-making stations at LA protests." KCRW. June 9, 2020. (Link)
Voon, Claire. "7 Artists on Creating New Work during Quarantine." Artsy. May 5, 2020. (Link)
Freeman, Nate. "Frieze Los Angeles Opens With Big Sales to Mega-Celebrities and Hollywood Muscle Alike." artnet. February 14, 2020. (Link)
Reizman, Renée. "This Year, Frieze Los Angeles Feels Grand, Celebratory, and Actually Kind of Fun." Hyperallergic. February 14, 2020. (Link)
Sutton, Benjamin. "The Ten Best Booths at Frieze Los Angeles." Artsy. February 14, 2020. (Link)
2019
Boddington, Ruby. "Greg Ito’s meticulous portfolio of paintings explores 'time, love, loss, hope, and tragedy'," It's Nice That. (Link)
Ghassemitari, Shawn. "All the Interesting Things Happen at the Transitions," Amadeus. (Link)
Fischer, Jim. "Arts Preview: Greg Ito: ‘A Swamp Tale’," Columbus Alive. (Link)
2018
Kelley, Sonaiya. "When artist Greg Ito collaborates with ‘Top Chef’s’ Richard Blais, you get ArtxFood," Los Angeles Times. (Link)
2017
Anderson, Alex. "Greg Ito Offers a Pictoral Language for our Dreams," Artslant. (Link)

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.

Collections

The Fidelity Collection
Hallmark Art Collection