Born in Yamanashi Prefecture in 1961; lives and works in Tokyo.
Ameya was involved in Juro Kara’s The Situation Theatre in 1987 as a member of the sound crew. In 1983, he set up his own theater troupe, Tokyo Grand Guignol, which gained popularity for its plays with their fresh critique of the city and the human body. In the 1990s, he moved onto contemporary art, participating in the Venice Biennale in 1995, but suddenly suspended his artistic activities in the same year and opened Dobutsu-do, a pet shop exclusively dealing in rare animals. In 2005, he resumed his artistic practice with his exhibition “Vanishing Point” (2005), for which he shut himself up in a box for 24 days, with only the bare minimum amount of food. Since then, he has been producing theater shows and installation work that express a fundamental interest in life. He won the Kishida Prize for Drama in 2014 for Blue Sheet. At KENPOKU ART 2016, he is presenting his new work.