Born in Tokyo and raised in Los Angeles, Ichiro Irie received his B.A. from University of California, Santa Barbara and his M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University. In 2001, Irie traveled to Mexico City on a Fulbright fellowship.
Irie has exhibited his work internationally in galleries and museums in Los Angeles, New York, Mexico City, Tokyo, London, Warsaw, Frankfurt, Berlin, Rotterdam and Buenos Aires. Solo shows include Yautepec gallery in Mexico City, DENK Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, and eitoeiko gallery in Tokyo. Recent group exhibitions include the Pacific Standard Time initiative Transpacific Borderlands at Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA, and the traveling exhibition To Travel With Glasses at Aomori Museum of Art, Shimane Prefectural Iwami Art Museum and Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art.
As a curator Irie has organized over 40 exhibitions at venues such as San Diego Art Institute, Torrance Art Museum, 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, Raid Projects in Los Angeles, Art & Idea and MUCA Roma in Mexico City, Campbell Works in London, Videor Art Foundation in Frankfurt, Gallery LARA in Tokyo, and Titanik Galleria in Turku, Finland. Between the years 2002 and 2007 he founded and edited the contemporary art publication RiM magazine.
Irie currently lives and works in Los Angeles, teaches at Oxnard College and Ryman Arts, and is an artist in residence at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, CA.