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Koko Shimizu: Future of Life

July 4, 2019 - July 24, 2019


Koko Shimizu: Future of Life

Abstract, emotional paintings by
a Cybernetic Japanese Girl

July 4th through July 28th
Reception: Sunday, July 14th

Ryuhow is a celebrated, museum-exhibited artist in her native Japan. A prodigy, she has been painting since she was ten years old. In 2008 her career and practice changed with the birth of her third daughter, Koko, who was born with severe congenital disease of the spine. Koko struggled just to remain alive until an experimental procedure was performed that implanted a micro-sized regulatory computer in her brain. The first few years of Koko’s life were a series of operations, technological upgrades and medical treatments that helped greatly reduced the inherent risks of her diagnosis. Ryuhow’s entire body of work now revolves around her daughter who has been equal parts miracle and muse, and both student and collaborator.

Koko Shimizu was born in 2008 in Tokyo, Japan. She was born with severe congenital disease of the spine and underwent many operations as an infant and well into her adolescence. She has a tiny device attached to her brain that helps monitor her brain function and return voluntary control of her circulatory system. Since the age of three, she has trained as an artist and painter with her mother, Ryuhow.

Both artists will be present at the Opening Reception on Sunday, July 14th, from 3-6PM.
Both will be singing their double-sided posters and exhibition pamphlets.
Contact director Matt Kennedy for purchase info and availability.


Gallery 30 South

30 S Wilson Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106



July 4, 2019
July 24, 2019
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Gallery 30 South
30 S Wilson Ave
Pasadena, CA 91106