Artists

Masanobu Ando

ARTWORK
Masanobu Ando’s work has a rustic simplicity and elegant serenity that is described in Japanese as ‘wabi sabi.’  Living in Tajimi, Japan – in Gifu prefecture – Ando creates ceramics pieces that are atypical of traditional ceramic ware. Known for rejecting the use of the wheel, Ando practices a technique called tatara, where sheets of clay are molded together to form a solid shape.  His glazing technique also creates a surface and appearance that mimics silver and metal instead of clay, and some of his sculptural pieces look like rusted pipes or sheets of steel.
1957 Born in Tajimi, Gifu
1998 Opened Gallery Momogusa in Tajimi, Gifu prefecture
2000 Set up studio MAVO to support young artists

Current Exhibitions

2014 Tortoise (Los Angeles)

Solo Exhibitions

2014 Mjolk (Canada/Tronto) Kurashi no Utsuwa Banki (Chiba) Shoka (Okinawa)
2013 Kochuraku (Kagoshima) Gallery M2 (Kochi) Gallery Kan (Fukushima) Gallery Ten (Chiba) Natsutsubaki (Tokyo) Ikuichiri (Kyoto)
2012 Gallery Yaichi (Saitama) koubou IKUKO (Okayama) galeria SELENE (Fukuoka) Onomachi α (Obaragi) Addition Neuf (Shizuoka) Mjolk (Toronto)
2011 soutousya (Kobe) toukyou (Tokyo) Gallery M2 (Kouchi) TOKI no KUMO (Shiga) Kougensha (Iwate) Tsukigusa (Nara) Gallery moe (Kumamoto)
2010 Utsuwa sante (Fukuoka) Sabita (Sapporo) Natsutsubaki (Tokyo) Gallery Kan (Fukuoka) Utsuwa Nanohana (Kanagawa) Museum as it is (Chiba)
2009 Shouzan Yuigahama (Kamakura) Non Solo Tea (Taipei) toukyou (Tokyo) Kougensha (Iwate) koubou IKUKO (Okayama) numatajyuku (Fukuoka) tadokorogaro (Nagano) Gallery Tensin (Hyogo) Galerie Wa2 (Tokyo) Kochuraku (Kagoshima)
2008 1998 SHOZO CAFÉ (Ibaragi) Gallery MITATE (Tokyo) Gallery M2 (Kouchi) Cinquieme (Ehime) Gallery sou (Tochigi) Gallery Kan (Fukuoka) TOKI no KUMO (Shiga)
2007 galerie SELENE (Fukuoka) 51% (Toyama) Maki Textile Studio (Tokyo)
2006 Gallery ah! (Yokohama) numatajyuku (Fukuoka) koubou IKUKO (Okayama) Gallery Tensin (Hyogo) Toukyou (Tokyo) Kochuraku(Kagoshima)
2005 Gallery SAKIKEIKA (Yamaguchi) feel art zero (Nagoya) Galerie Wa2 (Tokyo) Utsuwa sante (Fukuoka) Gallery M2 (Kouchi) TOKI no KUMO (Shiga) Gallery yamahon (Mie) Gallery touclub (Ehime)
2004 Utsuwa banki (Chiba) Mino Ceramics Now 2004 (Tochigi) GALLERY KENBISHI (Nagoya) Gallery burikiboshi (Tokyo) Gallery M2 (Kouchi) CN Japan (Kyoto) galerie SELENE (Fukuoka) Utsuwa Nanohana (Kanagawa) decouvrir galerie nokiha (Tokushima) The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu (Gifu) numatajyuku (Fukuoka)
2003 Utsuwa no moe (Kumamoto) DEE’SHALL (Tokyo) Do Well POWWOW (Tokyo) toukyou (Tokyo) Gallery M2 (Kouchi) Gallery ah! (Yokohama) Cinquieme (Ehime) Galerie Wa2 (Tokyo) koubou IKUKO (Okayama)
2002 SAVOIR VIVRE (Tokyo) Do Well POWWOW (Tokyo) Utsuwa Nanohana (Kanagawa) Hashimoto Art (Nagoya) XX (Fukuoka) Galerie Wa2 (Tokyo) Gallery Kura (Gifu)
2001 galerie SELENE (Fukuoka) Galerie Wa2 (Tokyo) Space en (Sendai)

Group Exhibitions

2014 Matsuya Giza (Tokyo) Akishino no Mori (Nara)
2013 Le Bain (Tokyo) Momogusa (Gifu) CERAMIQUE 14 PARIS (Paris / France) objets / もの (MERCIER ET ASSOCIES / Paris / France)
2012 Tamamokoen (Kagawa) 21stCentury Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Kanazawa) Utsuwa kyoto yamahon (Kyoto) BIZEN GALLERY AOYAMA (Tokyo) le bain (Tokyo) Shoka (Okinawa) galerie momogusa (Gifu) onariNEAR (Kamakura) sonihouse (Nara)
2011 21stCentury Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Kanazawa) le bain (Tokyo) ISETAN (Tokyo) NHK Culture Center Aoyama (Tokyo) galerie momogusa (Gifu) le bain (Tokyo) The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu (Gifu) Shoka (Okinawa) CLASKA (Tokyo)
2010 le bain (Tokyo) ISETAN (Tokyo)
2009 Tsukihiso (Nagoya) REX IRWIN (Australia) galerie momogusa (Gifu) IO Gallery (Tokyo)
2008 Oriental Design Gallery (Hiroshima)
2007 gallery VOICE (Gifu) N-seat (Osaka) Umeda Hankyu (Osaka) mon Sakata (Tokyo) savie savie (Ehime) Tohki (Fukuoka) Babaghuri (Tokyo)
2006 gallery VOICE (Gifu) Utsuwa banki (Chiba) galerie SELENE (Fukuoka) galarie geshi (Nagano) Space en (Sendai) Galerie Wa2 (Tokyo) Tsukihiso (Nagoya) Gallery M2 (Kochi) The Kochi Prefectural Makino Botanical Garden (Kochi) Gallery M2 (Kochi) Gallery burikiboshi (Tokyo) Galerie Wa2 (Tokyo)

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