At Creative Arts Community workshop in Menucha, Columbia gorge, Oregon, 2012
At Creative Arts Community workshop in Menucha, Columbia gorge, Oregon, 2012



Born:1952, Kushikino City, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan

Immigrated to the United States in 1960; became US citizen in 1963

Resided in Sapporo, Japan from 1988-2008

Currently resides in Portland, Oregon, USA



1980     MFA in Sculpture, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

1977     BS in Art, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

1970-4  Attended Oregon State University and University of Oregon, major in architecture




2014    “Suns, Stars and Cosmic Tree”, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, Oregon

2013    Gravity- Invisible Branches of the Cosmic TreeBlackfish Gallery, Portland,     Oregon

              “Tree of Life in All SeasonsBlackfish Gallery, Portland, Oregon

2010    “Face Fruits and Leaves and Branches of the Tree of Life: the Harvest” Blackfish Gallery, Portland, Oregon

               “Everyday Scenes from Leaves and Branches of the Tree of Life”
Blackfish Gallery, Portland, Oregon

2008     “Ken Ikeda and Students+Friend Exhibition”Kitahiroshima Cultural Hall Gallery,

Kitahiroshima, Hokkaido, Japan

2003    “People of the Tree of Life” Sapporo City Shiryokan Gallery, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

2001    “Fruits and Other Parts of the Tree”Utukushigaoka Gallery, Sapporo, Japan

1999     “Endless Thread” Utsukushigaoka Gallery, Sapporo, Japan

                “Forms from the Tree of Life II”Best Pocket Gallery, Sapporo Art Park, Sapporo, Japan

1997    “Forms from the Tree of Life” AM Art Gallery, Sapporo, Japan

1984    “Wheels, Stairways, and Heaven - Everything’s but a Spiral” North View Gallery, Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon

               “Cross Section Series” Littman Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

               “Ur: Patterns, Erosions, and Duration”Northwest Artists Workshop, Portland, Oregon

1983    “The Floor” Bush Barn Gallery, Salem, Oregon

           “The Wall Series” Blackfish Gallery, Portland, Oregon

1981    “The Train, the Traps, and the Wall Series”Blackfish Gallery, Portland, Oregon

1979    “The Artifact Series” Blackfish Gallery, Portland, Oregon

              “Construction Sculptures” MFA Thesis Exhibition,Gallery 299, Portland State University,  Portland, Oregon





2013    Lights within Matter, installation project, Fishbowl I , Blackfish Gallery

2013   Leaves from a Different Tree, M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery, Seattle Central  CommunityCollege, Seattle, Washington

2006     “Fifth IEAD Institute of Environmental Art and Design Convention”
an academic, convention exhibition, Spica Hall, Sapporo, Japan

2005     “Kioku (memory of wood) Exhibition” a thematic exhibition of wood sculptors,
                Kitahiroshima Cultural Hall Gallery, Kitahiroshima, Japan

1985     “Issei Artists” a group exhibition of first generation Asian-American artists,

            Interstate Firehouse Gallery, Portland, Oregon





2015     “Window: a Dialogue”, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, Oregon

2014     “Blackfish at 35”, Valise Gallery, Vashon Island, Washington

               “Being Blackfish, 35thann. exhibit, Blackfish Gallery, Portland                         

               “Ironies/Satires, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, Oregon

               “Becoming Blackfish, 35thann. exhibit Blackfish Gallery, Portland Oregon

2013     RitualBlackfish Gallery, Portland, Oregon

               “RainBlackfish Gallery, Portland, Oregon

2012      InfluenceBlackfish Gallery, Portland, Oregon

2010     “Blackfish Drawing Exhibition”, Portland, Oregon

1999     “Blackfish Tenth Year Anniversary Exhibition” Portland, Oregon

1986     “Pacific Vista” Index Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver, Washington

            “Northwest Artists Interpret the Landscape” an invitational thematic group exhibition, Blackfish Gallery, Portland Oregon

1985     “East Meets West” Erickson Building, Portland, Oregon

            “15thAsian American Exhibition” Pacific Arts Center, Seattle, Washington

                “Public Hanging, Portland Center for Visual Arts, Portland, Oregon

                “Issei ArtistsInterstate Firehouse Cultural Center, Portland, Oregon

1984     “Asian Point of View” Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Assoc. Building,
Portland, Oregon

            “First Alumni Show” Littman Gallery, Portland State University campus,
Portland, Oregon

            “Artquake 84 , Portland, Oregon

               “Northwest Artists Workshop Group Show” Federal Building, Portland, Oregon

1983     “Oregon Biennial” Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon

            “Artquake ’83 Invitational Sculpture Show” Portland, Oregon

1982     “Group Show” Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon

                Artquake 82 Invitational Sculpture Show, Portland, Oregon

1981      “Mountain High III, Woodwork” Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, Oregon

               “Artquake 81, Portland, Oregon

1980        “Blackfish at Cheney Cowles Museum” Spokane, Washington

1980     “Sculpture 80” Foster White Gallery Sculptural Invitational, Seattle, Washington

1979     “The Opening Exhibition of Blackfish Gallery, Introducing Blackfish”

                “Additive Sculpture, Art Place, Portland, Oregon

                “ Artquake 79, Portland, Oregon

1978       Group Sculpture ShowThe Fountain Gallery, Portland, Oregon

1977      Tenth Annual Thousand OaksArt Festival, Los Angeles, California





2009      Rejoined Blackfish Co-op Gallery, Portland, Oregon

2006     -pre Member, IEAD Institute of Environmental Art and Design

            (A college academic association- centered in Tokyo; open internationally)

1994-06 Member, College Art Teachers Association of Japan

1992-08 Member of Dohto University Institute of International Design and Institute of

            International Architecture. As member, wrote articles and translated Japanese

            articles of university research magazines into English:

                 1.RUSSEL- informational publication for Institute of International Design

                 2. IGLOO -informational publication for Institute of International Architecture

1985-86 Board Member of Northwest ArtistsWorkshop- alternative gallery space

1984       Co-organizer of an exhibition of Asian Artists of Oregon, “Asian Point of View”

1979-83 Original Member of Blackfish Artist Co-op Gallery




2012-3   Summer sculpture workshop, Creative Arts Community, Menucha, Oregon

1995-08 Taught sculpture and design at Dohto University as an associate                      r            professor (tenure)

1992-95 Taught various subjects in Japanese and English tostudents transferring to

             colleges in America- a preparatory program at Dohto Junior College, Sapporo,

1992-95 Taught sculpture as a guest lecturer at Dohto Univ. Mombetsu campus




1984      Co-Grantee of Multi Arts Programs NEA Grant for sponsoring an exhibition,

               “ Asian Point of Viewat Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Assoc. Building,
Portland, Oregon

1977     Florence Heidel Art Scholarship, Portland State University





2008      newspaper article, Ken Ikeda and Friends ExhibitionFebruary, Doshin

             (Hokkaido, Japan) newspaper

2007      newspaper review, From Tree- Form of Life- Exhibition", Feb.16                                     evening Doshin  (Hokkaido, Japan) newspaper

1984      newspaper article, Asian Point of View, Oct. 19, 1984 by Janet Christ, The


1983      review, Art form juxtaposes natural, man- made elementsby Ron Cowan,

             July 1, 1983 Statesman-Journal, Salem, Oregon

1981      newspaper article, Blackfish, by Debra Trione; Fresh Weekly April,21                  and 27th edition, Portland, Oregon

                  “Timberline Woodworksby Louise Kemperer, week of October 20-26,

1980        Shining Through the Sculptural Treasure by Regina Hackett; July 3, 1980

             Seattle Post Intelligencer; article on Sculpture 80"exhibition, Foster White                    Gallery, Seattle, Washington




2006        Non-Firing Clay Sculptures, Research Report, Seventh ConventIon of                            IEAD- Instituteof Environmental Art and Design

2005      Short article on sculpture works, Giant Face Fruits: Princess Mai Mai, Dohto

             University, Faculty of Arts Bulletin, Vol.31

2003      Short article on sculpture works, People of the Tree of Life, Dohto University

             Faculty of Arts Bulletin, Vol. 29

2002      Short article on sculpture works, Face Fruits and the Harvest Basket",                          Dohto University Faculty of Arts Bulletin, Vol. 28

2000      Design Trend On Forms from the Tree of Lifeby K. Ikeda, Vol.2000-3

             RUSSEL- an informational publication of Institute of International Design

1999      Short article on sculpture works, Formsfrom the Tree of Life, Dohto U.

             Faculty of Arts Bulletin, Vol. 24

1979      MFA Thesis, Construction Works, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon