Sophia Chizuco's studio visit with artist

Ming-Jer Kuo

"I am very happy to meet talented emerging artists from all over the world including here in the US. I will visit their studio and introduce them to the world!!!"

Sophia Chizuco

First time I saw his work was at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Open Studio. It was an amazing installation. His artwork was remarkable, but I didn't talk with him much at that time. 

And I think this is very New York style to meet people, I saw him on the subway. He was with his friend and I didn't talk with him much either.  

Recently I had a chance to go to his solo exhibition and artist talk at NARS foundation in Sunset Park. 

He creates a very interesting long term project, "Cemetery" series. He made all the tombstones into dots. The white dots on Black are very intense but I feel warm as well. He said "Viewing and then abstracting tombstones in some of New York City’s graveyards and as seen from the viewpoint of the heavens results in images that are intended to mimic astronomical photographs as they reflect the territory of death."

His artist talk dragged me into all his projects. He showed me his unique photography project, "The Walker" series. He said he created this because he was bored. I like his sense of humor. No wonder he loves New York. He said "I always feel excited and free in New York. You can see all kinds of artwork, meet up with so many great artists, and be engaged with the art world." He came to NY in 2011. 

And I love his “Reconstruction” series. I really like his point of view. He said this work was "I extract the various constructions as seen in aerial photographs and de-function their original architectures by flipping them up to playfully create new skylines of Lego-ish illusion."

As he mentioned, it's PLAYFUL!!! And I like his color sense. 

I am so happy he made the smaller scale prints for FLATFILE. 


Ming-Jer Kuo is a New York based artist. He had worked as an environmental engineer for eleven years and came to New York for art. He creates interdisciplinary visual art works based on his lens-based media experience, urban living interests and engineer’s analytic perspective. Kuo graduated from MFA Photography, Video and Related Media at School of Visual Arts, NYC. He is a recipient of NYFA New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship, NYC, a member of The Elizabeth Foundation for The Arts Studio Program, NYC, a recipient of Paula Rhodes Award for Exceptional Achievement, NYC, and was awarded as Honorable Mention of Taoyuan Creation Award, Taiwan. Kuo’s work has been exhibited in solo and group shows of EFA 20|20 Gallery, NYC, Trestle Gallery, NYC, QCC Art Gallery, NYC, Gallery 456, NYC, NARS Foundation, NYC, Chashama Space to Present Program, NYC, New York Hall of Science, NYC, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, NYC, The 2 Gateway Center, NJ, Gallery Aferro, NJ, Gallery Sejul, South Korean, Fotoaura Institute of Photography, Taiwan, and Pingyao International Photography Festival, China. He was an artist in residence at NARS Foundation, NYC, Solo(s) Project House, NJ, and Vermont Studio Center, VT.


Through photographic images and sculptural installations, my work celebrates the city, playing with perspective and scale to capture the complexity, mystery, and changing patterns of urban culture.  To that end, distinctions between architecture, urban design, and street life are intentionally blurred and abstracted, and new perceptions of our environment emerge as viewers are encouraged to experience a new relationship to their surroundings: to create a living poetics of time and space.

Artist's available work

Linden Hill Cemetery, NYC by Ming-Jer Kuo


Knollwood Park Cemetery, NYC by Ming-Jer Kuo


The Walker#10 by Ming-Jer Kuo


The Walker#7 by Ming-Jer Kuo


The Walker#4 by Ming-Jer Kuo


The constructions of all the airports, NYC, 2012 by Ming-Jer Kuo


All the piers of Brooklyn, NYC, 2013 by Ming-Jer Kuo


All the constructions of Governors Island, NYC, 2013 by Ming-Jer Kuo


All the constructions of Rikers Island, NYC, 2012 by Ming-Jer Kuo


All the piers of Manhattan, NYC, 2012 by Ming-Jer Kuo



I am a multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York. I am from Japan and moved to New York in 2000. Also I am a founder of “froggiesvillage”. I create froggie paintings and ceramics. I have been working with communities; community mural with NYC Health + Hospitals, "projectart" art and social practice and artists in residence in Cypress Hills library, "SU-CASA" artist-in-residence in Young Israel Senior Center, origami workshop at Museum of Jewish Heritage and National Yiddish Theatre, Juneteenth Festival family program at Lewis Latimer House Museum, and a mentor at the Immigrant Artist Program with the New York Foundation for the Arts. Currently I hold family workshops with NARS Foundation. Also I like to collaborate with dancers or musicians. My latest collaboration was with a choreographer at ‘CounterPointe9” with Norte Maar.


Artist & blogger