Rotofugi Gallery started in earnest in 2004 as a part of Rotofugi Designer Toy Store. Our first exhibits were held in the back half of our store and ranged from customized toy shows to more traditional paintings and drawings. While we loved showing work in our store, we began to ache for more space after nearly two years of exhibits in the increasingly cramped space.
In August 2006 we were lucky enough to take over the building next door to our toy store and officially open Rotofugi Gallery as it's own space, giving us more room to do regularly scheduled exhibitions. Curator and artist David "Netherland" van Alphen joined our staff in October 2008 as gallery curator after several years of operating his own gallery in Chicago. In January 2009, we expanded the gallery space once again, doubling our exhibit space. And finally, in August 2010 we moved to our current location in a vintage flatiron building with beautiful 14 foot ceilings and an even more spacious exhibit space shared with our retail store.
Over the years we have exhibited works by an impressive list of artists ranging from local Chicago artists to nationally and internationally known creators including (but certainly not limited to) Frank Kozik, Amanda Visell, Tara McPherson, Martin Ontiveros, Jeremiah Ketner, Ken Keirns, Coarse, Tado and well, a whole lot more.