Ryuhei Sako (Okayama, Japan 1976 -)

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Sako Ryuhei born in Okayama Prefecture, graduated from Hiroshima City University in the Department of Design and Applied Arts in 1999, and then earned his master’s degree in 2002 from the same institution. Sako Ryuhei creates pieces using Mokume-gane, a Japanese metal technique dating back to the 17th century. First, very thin different colored alloyed metal sheets are layered and bonded. Then the layers are cut into, or drilled and reworked. Achieving a successful lamination takes a very skilled artist, and although his work is based on research and experimentation using this tradition process, he manages to create very contemporary pieces. In 2004, he became a member of the Nihon Kōgekai (Japanese Jandcrafts Association) and in 2013, during his first exhibition outside Japan, the Victoria and Albert Museum purchased one of his pieces for their public collection.


2017-2019: Asia Week, New York, US
2017: The 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Japan
2016-2018: PAD London, UK
2016: The 45th Japan Traditional Kōgei Metalwork Exhibition, Sekido Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
2013-2015: Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
2014: Solo Exhibition, Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Japan
2013: Solo Exhibition, Karuizawa New Art Museum Gallery, Nagano, Japan