Koide Bunsei

BIO/CV

b. 1960, Nagano, Japan

Koide Bunsei was born in Nagano City. His grandfather was a well known bamboo basket maker in Nagano making order-made bamboo baskets. His father took over the family bamboo basketry business at age 19 when his grandfather passed away, and expanded the family business not only making bamboo baskets but also to harvest and sell bamboo, and later became a famous bamboo fence maker.

At the age of fifteen, his father showed Bunsei a book on Shono Shounsai, the first Living National Treasure in bamboo art. He was shocked to see someone could make such powerful and beautiful artworks with bamboo. Bunsei asked where this person lived. His father told Bunsei that Shono Shounsai lived in Oita, and there was a bamboo training school there. Bunsei said to his father “please send me there.”

When he graduated from the bamboo training school, he apprenticed to local master Iwao Honan for three years, and went back to Nagano. While helping his father’s bamboo business, Bunsei makes his own artwork and submit to the local and national competitions. He has won eight prizes at the Nagano Prefecture Craft Arts Exhibitions including “Governor’s Award” in 1998, and also has won four prizes at the Eastern Japan Traditional Craft Art Exhibitions including “Chairman’s Prize” in 2000.

 

Education

1977, Graduated from Oita Prefecture Beppu Advanced Occupational School Department of Bamboo Craft Art

1977, Apprenticed to Honan Shoutaro

 

Exhibitions & Accolades

1980, Admitted to 33rd Nagano Art Exhibition for the first time

1981, Received “Central Agriculture Association Award”at34th Nagano Art Exhibition

1981, Admitted to 1st Nagano Arts and Craft Exhibition (thereafter 23 times)

1983, Admitted to 36th Nagano Art Exhibition

1987, Admitted to 27th Japan Traditional Craft ArtExhibition for the first time (thereafter 16 times)

1988, Received “Achievement Award” at 28th Japan Traditional Craft Art Exhibition

1989, Received “Craft Chairman’s Award” at 9th Nagano Arts and Craft Exhibition

1989, Admitted to 36th Nitten (Japan Fine Arts Exhibition) for the first time (thereafter 3 times)

1990, Received “Ueda Mayor Award” at 10th Nagano Arts and Craft Exhibition

1990, Admitted to 30th Japan Traditional Craft Art Exhibition

1992, Received “Shinano Mainichi Newspaper Company Award” at 12th Nagano Arts and Craft Exhibition

1993, Received “Achievement Award” at 33rd Japan Traditional Craft Art Exhibition

1994, Received “Craft Chairman’s Award” at 14th Nagano Arts and Craft Exhibition

1995, Received “Anniversary Award” at 15th Anniversary of Nagano Arts and Craft Exhibition

1997, Received “Japan Traditional Craft Art Western Division Award” at 37th Japan Traditional Craft Art Exhibition

1998, Received “Mayor Award” at 18th Nagano Arts and Craft Exhibition

1999, Received “Nagano Board of Education Award” at 19th Nagano Arts and Craft Exhibition

2000, Received “Craft Chairperson’s Award” at 20th Anniversary of Nagano Arts and Craft Exhibition

2002, Received “Asahi Newspaper Company Award” at 42nd Japan Traditional Arts and Craft Exhibition

2009, SOFA New York

2009, SOFA West: Santa Fe, New Mexico

2010, Int’l. Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show, New York City

2011, SOFA New York

2011, Art Antiques London

2011, International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show, New York City

2011, SOFA Chicago