Takehito Fujii (b.1968) is an iron sculptor actively producing and showing his works since the 1990s. His craftsmanship and unique treatment of subjects have received wide recognition. In one of his outstanding series of work “Sculptural Punishment - Iron Masks,” well-known faces are transformed into iron masks as representations of “wealth, power, and violence,” by-products of modernization benefited by iron. This series won him a Semi-grand prize at Taro Okamoto Memorial Award in 2005 (with no grand prize winner), leading to a New Artist of the Year Award at Aichi Prefecture Art Culture Recommending Award in 2008.
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