Henry Sugimoto

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Henry Yuzuru Sugimoto (March 12, 1900–May 8, 1990) was a Japanese artist, art teacher and a survivor of Japanese American Internment during World War II. Sugimoto became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1952.[1]

Early life[edit]

Sugimoto was born in Wakayama in central Japan. He was the grandson of a displaced samurai.[1]

In 1919, he immigrated to the United States changed his name to Henry. After graduating from an American high school in 1924, he studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts and the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute). In 1928, he went to France to study at the Académie Colarossi in Paris.[1]


Sugimoto returned from France to California in 1932. He mounted a one-man show at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. This show became the foundation of an evolving professional career.[2]


Sugimoto was living in the United States when the United States declared war on Japan in the Second World War. He was interned with Japanese-Americans in Jerome War Relocation Center from October 1942 through June 1944 and at Rohwer War Relocation Center until August 1945.[1]



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