A disciple of Seiho Takeuchi, he graduated from Kyoto Municipal Art School (1899).
Suisho Nishiyama won prizes Imperial Art Institute exhibitions frequently and became a member of its display committee. A doyen of painters of the traditional school in Kyoto, he heads the Seizanjuku Art School and was director of the Tokyo Municipal Art School and professor at the Kyoto Fine Arts and Industrial Arts School. Good at both landscapes and portraiture. His noted works include "Autumn In Kyoto's Northern Suburbs" and "Fallen Plums." Appointed Emeritus Professor at Kyoto Art College (1950).