Jon Fukui (b. 1986)

A monster mash-up would best describe the work of Jon Fukui. Fukui’s drawings and sculptures feature various arrays of creatures and characters seemingly from Japanese manga and anime, but created through the distinct lens of a Japanese American artist. Jon Fukui was a perfectionist, which is an unusual quality for an artist who so enthusiastically ventured into so many different mediums: painting, drawing, and most spectacularly, ceramics. Jon’s themes ranged from biblical to natural to cultural, often referencing his pride in his Japanese heritage. Jon was a truly beloved member of NIAD and his sudden passing at a young age affected the community deeply. Examples of his work and testaments to his creativity can still be found around the studio.

// Jon’s available work //

exhibition history

Mud Pie Mansion, organized by Kristin Farr // NIAD Online Exhibition // August 2023

What a Wonderful World! // An Exhibition in the Office Suite of Mayor Eduardo Martinez // NIAD Online Exhibition // February 2023

Redefining Contemporary Art // organized by Courtney Eldridge Depot Steamboat Springs 2019

Together // organized by Laurie Reid NIAD Art Center 2018

Microcosmic // organized by Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh NIAD Art Center 2018

All Of The Light // organized by Gina Borg NIAD Art Center 2017

Flying Like A Rock // Public Annex Portland Oregon 2017

Affinity // organized by Tim Buckwalter Museum of Northern California Art Chico 2017

Creature Feature // organized by John Casey NIAD Art Center 2017

Party Animals! // organized by Katie Johnson NIAD Art Center 2016

Rampage: The Monsters of Jon Fukui // NIAD Art Center 2014

City In Motion // NIAD Art Center 2014

Mud, Honey // NIAD Art Center 2013

You Are Here // organized by Robert Wuilfe NIAD Art Center 2013

recent press

Star 82 Review Issue 10.1, edited by Alisa Golden // March 2022

Savant Garde : A Man Of Many Monsters (July 2015)

San Francisco Chronicle: Rampage: The Monsters Of Jon Fukui (January 2015)