Kibe Seiho

BIO/CV

b. 1951, Kusu-Gun, Oita Prefecture, Japan

Education
  • 1990

    Graduated from Oita Prefecture Beppu Industrial Research Institute, Department of Bamboo Crafts


Exhibitions & Accolades
  • 1991

    Mayor of Oita Award, 26th Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, Western Division

  • 1992

    Governor of Oita Award, 27th Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, Western Division

  • 1993

    Oita-Ken Mayor’s Award, 28th Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, Western Division

  • 1994

    Admitted to 29th Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, Western Division

  • 1995

    Chief of the Japan Craft Association Western Branch Award, 30th Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, Western Division
    Admitted to 42nd Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition

  • 1996

    Admitted to 31st Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, Western Division

  • 1997

    Admitted to 32nd Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, Western Division
    Admitted to 44th Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition

  • 2002

    The Next Generation, University of Arkansas, Little Rock

  • 2004

    Best of Show, 39th Japan Traditional Crafts Arts Exhibition, Western Division
    Cotsen Bamboo Prize Finalist

  • 2005

    Weavers of Wonder, Naples Museum, FL
    Agency of Cultural Affairs Prize, Japan Traditional Craft Arts Wood and Bamboo Exhibition
    Chairman’s Award, 52nd Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition

  • 2006

    Hin: The Quiet Beauty of Japanese Art, Grinnell College, IA and Chicago Cultural Center, IL

  • 2007

    The Next Generation, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
    Bamboo Masters, The Cotsen Collection, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

  • 2009

    amaguchi Ryuun and Kibe Seiho, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

  • 2013

    Oita’s Art Movement, in partnership with the Oita Prefectural Government, a museum-quality show, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

     

  • 2014

    Awarded the “Purple Ribbon” by the Japanese Congress for lifetime achievement in the arts, presented by the Emperor of Japan
    Group show, Japanese American Cultural Community Center, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2017

    Masterpieces of Japanese Bamboo Art, TAI Modern at Joan B Mirviss LTD, New York, NY


Museum Collections
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, Abbey Collection, New York, NY
    Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
    Denver Art Museum, CO
    Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Craft Art Museum


ARTIST STATEMENT

After my graduation work in bamboo art received much interest in 1990, I decided to pursue a career as a bamboo artist.  It was hard to gain momentum when beginning; however, after 15 years of perseverance, I was able to create a dialog with the bamboo.  Through this conversation, my understanding of the medium deepened, which has brought me great joy.  It is my pleasure to share this dialog with international audiences.

  • Masterpieces of Japanese Bamboo Art

  • Kibe Seiho

  • The Next Generation

  • Oita’s Art Movement

  • Oita’s Art Moment