Honda Syoryu

BIO/CV

b. 1951, Kagoshima, Japan

Education
  • 1978

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


Exhibitions + Accolades
  • 1979

    Admitted to 14th Japan Traditional Craft Art Exhibition, Western Division

  • 1981

    Winner of “Japan Traditional Craft Art Association Award” at 16th  Japan Traditional Craft Art Exhibition, Western Division

  • 1982                      

    Admitted to 17th Japan Traditional Craft Art Exhibition, Western Division

  • 1985                      

    Apprentice to Kadota Niko

  • 1986                     

    Winner of “Oita Governor’s Award” at Japan Traditional Craft Art Exhibition, Western Division

  • 1988                     

    Admitted to 35th Japan Traditional Craft Art Exhibition

  • 1989

    Admitted to 36th Japan Traditional Craft Art Exhibition

  • 2000                     

    Admitted to Nitten (Japan Fine Arts Exhibition) for the first time, thereafter 10 times
    Cotsen Bamboo Prize Finalist

  • 2001

    Admitted to Japan Modern Craft Art exhibition, thereafter 12 times
    Bamboo Fantasies, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

  • 2002                     

    Special Demonstration at Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA
    The Next Generation, University of Arkansas, Little Rock
    Cotsen Bamboo Prize Finalist

  • 2003                     

    Exhibited at the Tigerman Himmel Gallery, Chicago, IL

  • 2004                       

    Cotsen Bamboo Prize Finalist
    Exhibited in the Hand Workshop Art Center, Richmond, VA
    Solo Exhibition, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

  • 2006                     

    Power & Delicacy: Master Works of Japanese Bamboo Art, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
    Hin: The Quiet Beauty of Japanese Art, Grinnell College, IA and Chicago Cultural Center, IL
    Exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

  • 2007                     

    The Next Generation, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

  • 2008                     

    New Bamboo: Contemporary Japanese Masters, Japan Society, New York, NY

  • 2009                     

    Many Shapes of Bamboo III, Oita Prefectural Art Museum

  • 2010                      

    Thirty Years of Collecting: A Recent Gift to the Museum, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, AZ
    Beauty in All Things: Japanese Art and Design, Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY

  • 2013                      

    Oita’s Art Movement, in partnership with the Oita Prefectural Government, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
    Fired Earth, Woven Bamboo, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

  • 2015

    Japanese Bamboo and the World Expo: A Century of Discovery, Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego, CA

  • 2017                      

    Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
    Masterpieces of Japanese Bamboo Art, TAI Modern at Joan B Mirviss LTD, New York, NY
    Solo exhibition, TAI Modern, Santa Fe, NM
    Tewaza no Bi – Bamboo Baskets from the Collection of Peter Shinbach, Portland Japanese Gardens, Portland, OR

  • 2018

    Fendre L’ Air, Musee du Quai Branly Jacques Chirac, Paris


Museum Collections
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
    Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
    Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
    de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
    Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
    Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, AZ
    Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN
    Beppu City Bamboo Craft Center
    Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY


ARTIST STATEMENT

I create sculptures about space and time, about the magnificence and mystery of the universe. Six years ago, I moved to the city of Matsumoto, where the sky and mountains spread out before my eyes. I am becoming more and more inspired by the beauty of this area.

Working with bamboo, it is almost impossible to have total control over the form that you intend to make. When I make my art, I am in constant dialogue with the bamboo. This material’s unique pliability allows me to draw beautiful, naturally curving lines in space. The textures I create cannot be achieved with any other medium. I feel great satisfaction when working together with the bamboo leads me to create a sculpture beyond my imagination.

Collectors in the U.S. have almost single-handedly supported my artistic career. I am so grateful to them. It is my hope to create many more works which will inspire the viewer. I also hope to devote my time to training the next generation of bamboo artists. Keeping the art form alive and passing it on to future generations is the best way for me to honor all the support I have been given.

  • Honda Syoryu (2017)

  • Masterpieces of Japanese Bamboo Art

  • The Next Generation

  • Honda Syoryu

  • Japanese Bamboo and the World Expo: A Century of Discovery

  • Oita’s Art Movement