Michihiro Kosuge (b. 1943)  Arbor Series #1, 2008

Arbor Series #1



84 x 13 x 13 inches

Michihiro Kosuge (b. 1943)  Timmy, 2019



black granite, steel

63 x 13 x 10.5 inches

Michihiro Kosuge (b. 1943)  On the Way to Heaven, 2011

On the Way to Heaven


acrylic on wood panel

24 x 24 inches

Michihiro Kosuge (b. 1943)  Bud Series sculpture, 2010

Bud Series sculpture



7 x 13.25 x 9 inches

Michihiro Kosuge (b. 1943)  Three Stacked Tower (A), 2006

Three Stacked Tower (A)



27.25 x 14 x 16.75 inches

Michihiro Kosuge (b. 1943)  Monk Series sculpture, 2005

Monk Series


stainless steel, granite

43 x 17 x 36 inches

Michihiro Kosuge (b. 1943)  Three Elements, 2004

Three Elements


red granite, black granite, basalt

14 x 21 x 19 inches

Michihiro Kosuge (b. 1943)  New Growth Series #12, 2003

New Growth Series #12


red granite

40 x 13 x 7.5 inches

Michihiro Kosuge (b. 1943)  Shell, 1999



black granite

33 x 14.5 x 21.5 inches

Michihiro Kosuge (b. 1943)  Untitled (Three Stones), 1996

Untitled (Three Stones)


acrylic on paper

47 x 101 inches framed

Michihiro Kosuge (b. 1943)  Life


acrylic on paper

39.25 x 31 inches framed

Michihiro Kosuge (b. 1943)  Hashira, 1991



granite and stainless steel

66 x 22 x 12 inches

Michihiro Kosuge (b. 1943)  For Ancestor, 1988

For Ancestor


painted steel with graphite

61 x 18 x 12 inches

Michihiro Kosuge (b. 1943)  Chicago Series, 1984

Chicago Series


cast concrete, steel

15 x 17 x 5.25 inches

Press Release

For the month of July, Russo Lee Gallery presents a Memorial Exhibition for Michihiro Kosuge (1943–2021). Known for distinctive sculptures made primarily of stone, Kosuge maintained an active studio practice for more than 40 years. This exhibition features works created over several decades and includes pieces in granite, basalt, as well as stainless steel, that Kosuge thoughtfully shaped into organic and geometric forms. A selection of Kosuge’s paintings will also be included in the exhibit. Emerging from his profound respect for the natural world, Kosuge’s artwork invites peace and reflection.  Each piece echoes an interest in the relationship between humans and nature, permanence and impermanence, continuity and transformation.


Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Kosuge first studied architecture at the Tokyo Sumida Technical School of Architecture and then went on to receive his MFA in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1970.  He began teaching art at Portland State University in 1978, becoming a full-time professor in 1989, and after serving three years as the Chair of the Art Department, retired in 2003. His first exhibition was in San Francisco in 1970, and he has exhibited continuously ever since. Exhibitions of his work include the Oakland Art Museum, the Portland Art Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Art, and the Seattle Art Museum. Major commissions include a 5-piece sculpture for the Portland TriMet Transit Mall, a comprehensive landscape and sculpture project for Highline Community College, Des Moines, WA; and major works for the River Point Education Center, Spokane, WA; Kaiser Permanente Foundation, Vancouver, WA; the Little Tokyo Mall, Los Angeles, CA; Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus, OR; and the Washington County Justice Center, Hillsboro, OR.