Born in 1962 in Nagoya, Japan, Sugiyama graduated from Aichi Prefectural University of Arts. From 1996 to 1998 he was Artist in Residence at the
Centre de Sculpture Est-Nord-Est, in Quebec, Canada. His exhibitions include a solo show at Gallery Yamaguchi in Tokyo.
His earliest works in the "Inside
Outside" series were fabricated in plaster. One day, as a student of painting, he found on campus an abandoned sculptural mold that showed the negative impression of a figure. This inspired him to produce part of a human body
in clay and cast it in plaster. The result was what he calls an "inner surface." More recently, his works have been expanding into the surrounding space, the space of art. Sugiyama still strives to reveal both inside and
outside at the same time. But now he presents the inside/outside duality as a question, often by introducing translucent screens or mirrors.