Japanese-Canadian artist Mitsuo Kimura was born in Tokyo, Japan, received his BFA from Musashino Art University and first visited Canada in 2007 to study English. He returned in 2011 to complete a BFA at OCADU. Kimura brings the rich past with him, building across Japanese and Canadian cultures to develop a unique style, grounded in popular and traditional Japanese art forms, integrating the immigrant challenges of living in a new society.
Kimura works in a range of media, from large scale contemplative paintings to small format ceramics, building a universe of characters, encounters, and experiences, that merges ukiyo-e, manga and anime styles and themes with personal responses to Japanese and Canadian contemporary existence.
Kimura has exhibited in Tokyo in group and solo exhibitions including Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, World Trade Centre and S-Gallery. He has had solo exhibitions in Toronto, at LE Gallery and Will Kucey Gallery. He has participated in group exhibitions including Art Toronto and Papier 14 in Montreal. He has won several awards for his work and has been purchased for numerous private Canadian and International collections. Witten by David McIntosh. 


Solo Exhibitions

2022 – Science of Spring, Mark Christopher Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2020 – Beauty and Transcendence, 12 Degrees, Toronto, Canada
2017 – Numinous Tree, Wil Kucey Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2016 – World of Wonder, LE Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2014 – Legend Building,   LE Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2012 – Strange Journey, LE Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2011 – Go into the Deep Forest, LE Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2010 – Life in the Pond, LE Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Group Exhibitions

2021 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics, Clay & Class Gallery, Waterloo, ON
2020-21  – Absent Friends, Birch Contemporary, Toronto,ON
2016 – Capsule Collection, Wil Kucey Gallery, Toronto,ON
2015 – Works with Paper, LE Gallery, Toronto ON
2013 – HI☆ Five, LE Gallery Toronto, Canada
2011 – LE SEPT, LE Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2009 – From me to You, Show and Tell Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2009 – Minutial Matters, Head Bones Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2009 – The Kids are Alright, Show & Tell Gallery Toronto, Canada
2009 – Young Canada Presents: Who’s got the papers?, LE Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2007 – Tokyo Wonder Wall 2007, Museum Of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
2006 – Story Board, Sanai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2005 – Mitsuo Kimura, Kiyora Sugino, S-Gallery-2010, Tokyo, Japan
2004 – Universal Note, S-Gallery-2010, Tokyo, Japan
2004 – Deep Equinox, Spiral Club Tokyo, Japan
2004 – The Flush Of Life 2004, Design Festival Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2003 – Space And Art Exhibit, World Trade Centre, Tokyo, Japan
2003 – Waiting for dinner, Setagaya Kumin Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2002 – Naïve Art 4, Peppers Gallery Tokyo, Japan

Selected Art Fair

2014 – Art Toronto,Toronto,ON
2014 – Papier14,Montreal,QC
2013 – Art Toronto,Toronto,ON
2012 – Art Toronto,Toronto,ON

Awards and Grants

2021 – 2021 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics Finalist, Clay & Class Gallery
2012 – Elizabeth Blackstock Memorial Scholarship for drawing and painting
2013 – Project 31 Drawing and Painting Award from OCADU


Private Canadian and International collections.