Yataro Amemiya

  • Inkstone carving
  • 1961 -
Yataro Amemiya

An ink slab is not just an artifact to rub down an ink stick and make some sumi or black ink; it is for calming the mind while making sumi, a place to confront the self.
For me the ink slab is "a receptacle of the spirit" and in its functional simplicity I found the possibility of an artistic expression suitable for today's society.
I am pursuing the creation of contemporary sculpture in this simple "form or shape" in which natural materials are allowed to express themselves.

Membership Full member, Japan Kogei Association
Yamanashi Art Association
  • 1961 Born in Yamanashi Prefecture
  • 1985 Graduated from Department of Sculpture, Tokyo University of the Arts
  • 1989 Completed Graduate School of Fine Arts (Sculpture, Art and Education),
    Tokyo University of the Arts
  • 1990 First time submitted and selected for 37th Japan Traditional Art Crafts
    Exhibition; submitted every year to date
  • 1994 Full member, Japan Kogei Association
  • 2005 Solo exhibition, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Department Store
  • 2008 Solo exhibition, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Department Store
  • 2010 Traditional Crafts in the 21st Century -Eyes of the
    World- Exhibition, MOA Museum of Art
  • 2011 Solo exhibition, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi main store
  • 2013 Exhibition [Contemporary KOGEI Styles in Japan]

  • 1996Received the Asahi Shimbun Prize at 12th Japan
    Traditional Art Crafts Other Work Exhibition
  • 1997Received the Tokyo Board of Education Award at 13th Japan
    Traditional Art Crafts Other Work Exhibition
  • 2004Received the Eastern Branch Prize at 44th Japanese
    Traditional Art Crafts New Works Exhibition
  • 2006Received the Best New Artist Award at 53rd Japan
    Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
  • 2007Received the Incentive Award at 27th POLA
    Traditional Culture Awards
  • 2009Received the Asahi Shimbun Prize at 49th Eastern Japan
    Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
    Received the Kogei Association Award at 22nd Japan Traditional
    Art Crafts Other Work Exhibitio
  • 2012Received the Japan Kogei Association Award at 52nd Eastern
    Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition
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