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Hiroyoshi Asaka

Hiroyoshi Asaka grew up in the city of Sakai in Osaka prefecture. He became acquainted with traditional Japanese swordsmithing and was impressed by the functional beauty of the curved blade from a young age. In his artistic expression, he strives to illustrate the collective Japanese soul. By using the sword as his motif, he pays homage to the centuries of tradition that shaped modern Japan. He blends the classical aesthetic of sculpture with subculture-like imagery to craft his unique pieces. His goal is to create art that is fresh, yet rooted in his Japanese heritage.


When sculpting with stone, the craftsman may only create a shape by reducing unnecessary material. Nothing can be added later. This finality of the process is uncannily similar to the way of the samurai, which emphasizes discipline and honour. A warrior pays for a mistake with his life. Through the medium of stone sculpting, Asaka channels the samurai’s constant awareness of his mortality. The philosophy comes together in his dynamic pieces, executed with impeccable technique, that is steadily gaining attention in Japan as well as abroad.


1977Born in Osaka JAPAN
Graduated from Kyoto University of Art and Design
Lives and works in Tokyo

<Selected solo exhibitions>

2012 Shinjuku Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo
    Nihonbashi Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo
2013 JR Nagoya Takashimaya Art Gallery, Nagoya
    Karuizawa New Art Museum, Karuizawa
2014   Gallery Seizan, Tokyo
2015   Shinjuku Isetan Art Gallery, Tokyo

<Selected group exhibitions>

2012   Winter Art Exhibition, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Art Gallery, Tokyo
2013   "Story of one by one", Shinseido, Tokyo
2014   "Exhibition Garden sculpture", Shibuya Seibu Art Gallery, Tokyo
    "Katachi no message", Fukuoka Mistukoshi Art Gallery, Fukuoka
    "Artistic Christmas Vol.VIII", Shinjuku Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo
    "Something Precious", Gallery Seizan, Tokyo
2015   "Artistic Christmas Vol.IX", Shinjuku Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo
    "Exhibition Miniature", Fuma Contemporary Tokyo,Tokyo
2016   "COLLECT", Micheko Gallery, Munich, Germany
2017   "Musou", Toyama Daiwa Art Gallery, Toyama
2018   YOD Gallery 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition, YOD Gallery, Osaka
    "The Eve of Breakthrough", The Imperial Hotel Plaza MEDEL Gallery Shu, Tokyo
    “~Shining Brilliance~ An Exhibition of Contemporary Artists”, Artglorieux Gallery, Tokyo
2019   "The Eve of Breakthrough Exhibition, Roppongi Hills A/D Gallery, Tokyo
    “Hands”, Takashimaya Shinjuku Department Store, Tokyo

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