Akira Ikezoe (b. 1979) is a New York-based artist born in Kochi, Japan. Ikezoe creates works in diverse disciplines, including drawing, painting, video and performance, in relation to the balance between the forces we think of as outside or before ourselves, and the “civilizing” of ourselves. In Ikezoe’s works, the human figure is presented as his alter ego and woven into a metaphysical and mythological context that depicts a timeless melting point between human and natural boundaries. His solo exhibitions include el fin del este coincide con el fin del sur, Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City (2015); Drawing, Ise Cultural Foundation, NYC (2012); Repeater, Sanagi Fine Arts, Tokyo (2010) and Ephemeral Garden, Esso Gallery, NYC (2009). His group exhibitions include The School of Nature and Principle, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts' Project Space, NYC (2015); 100 painters of tomorrow, Christie's Ryder Street Gallery, London (2014); Proyectos Ultavioleta presents…, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Costa Rica (2013); Play with Nature-Played by Nature, Satoshi Koyama Gallery, Tokyo (2013); Kiss the Heart, Isetan Shinjuku, Tokyo (2012) and Future Primitive, Ma2 Gallery, Tokyo (2010). After majoring in printmaking and graduating from Tama Art University in 2003, Ikezoe received the Tomio Koyama Gallery Prize and Naruyama Gallery Prize at GEISAI #10 in 2006, the 1800 Tequila Award at ZONA MACO in 2015 and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2016. He was also selected as one of the artist members of 100 Painters of Tomorrow by Beers Contemporary and Thames & Hudson in 2014. Currently, Ikezoe is a member of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts’ Studio Program.