Fuko Ito is currently serving as Visiting Assistant Professor of Foundations and Drawings in the College of Fine Arts and Visual Art Studies at the University of Kentucky.
Fuko Ito was born and raised in Kobe, Japan where she grew her love for storytelling through reading books and comics. She moved to the US to study visual art and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking and Drawing from the University of Kansas where she graduated with honors. Through image-making and storytelling in the form of drawings, prints, and books, Fuko hopes to take her readers onto a plushy, heartfelt journey to an imagined, soft alternate universe inhabited by a community of naked and radically soft creatures known as fumblys.
Fuko has shown work in a number of exhibitions in the US and abroad including Paper Routes: Women to Watch 2020 at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art organized by the Kansas City Chapter of National Museum of Women in the Arts, HOT HANDS, GOT IT FOR CHEAP at Drugstore Studios and float a fall at Juice Box Gallery in Kansas City, MO, Into the Fold at 3331 Arts Chiyoda in Tokyo, Japan, and SUNSHOWERS at Senhora Presidenta in Lisbon, Portugal. She also self-publishes and exhibits prints and books at zine fests across the US and is currently participating in a collective artists comic publication titled Sonho, organized by artist Ema Gaspar and published by Stolen Books in Lisbon, Portugal.
Fuko has been awarded the Vermont Studio Center Artist’s Grant, the Maurer Oswald Award for Outstanding Women in Visual Art from the University of Kansas with her work recently featured and published in KC STUDIO Magazine.
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