Why do I make “art”? I make art because it’s fun, always a lot of fun. I have always loved it, ever since I was a child. Making art is as if something pops up from my brain, like a cell division happened inside my brain. If there were no art, the world would be so dull and gray. If my art can contribute to make the world a little brighter and more interesting, I will be more than happy.
I’ve always loved to make things and imagine things as far back as I can remember. If I have a pencil, I draw. If I have a bucket of paint, I paint. If I have a chunk of clay, I make a sculpture. As long as I can make things, I am happy. The medium of art is not so important to me.
I have a day job, but this job isn’t just for paying the bills. I love this job. It is a very old artisan tradition which has existed since ancient civilization. I color bronze sculpture. This is my specialty. I also help artists to make their sculptures. This is another component of my art creativity. My client artists tell me what kind of color they want and how they want their sculpture to look. With my imagination, I complete their art works. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?
I was born and grew up in Japan. My home town is a place called Nara, an ancient capital in Japan. There are so many old temples and shrines. I grew up with those old artifacts. That’s why I like history and ancient objects.
Since I love art, it was very natural for me to decide to pursue an art career. I studied graphic design and worked for a small advertising design firm in Osaka for a couple of years. It was fun. I loved it, but it was more business than actually creating art. I was stressed out. Eventually I decided to take a break and I went on a round- the- world trip. It turned out to be an experience which took my life in an unexpected direction.
After the trip, I decided to move to United States and study fine arts in Boston. Then I moved to New York. Today, I am still living in NY while I am happily making my art every day. What a life it is! I had never imagined I would be doing what I am doing now when I was child.