Katsushiro Soho

Katsushiro Soho

BIO/CV

Living National Treasure of Japan
b. 1934, Kuroiso, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan

Education
  • 1949

    Apprenticed to Kikuchi Yoshitada for 6 years

  • 1955

    Became independent

  • 1965

    Studied under Yagisawa Keizo for 2 years


Exhibitions & Accolades
  • 1967

    Admitted to the Eastern Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition for the first time (thereafter admitted 33 times and served as a judge 7 times)
    Winner of the Japan Traditional Craft Arts Association Chairman’s Award and Encouragement Award

  • 1968

    Admitted to the Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition for the first time (thereafter admitted 30 times and served as a judge several times)
    Attained the artist’s name “Soho”
    Studied under Saito Bunseki for 5 years

  • 1972

    Became a full member of the Traditional Craft Arts Association
    Winner of the Excellence Award at the Japan Flower Vase & Tea Ceremony Utensils Art & Craft Exhibition
    Admitted to the Japan Traditional Craft Arts Wood and Bamboo Exhibition for the first time (thereafter admitted 7 times and served as a judge several times)

  • 1973

    Exhibited at Tochigi Artists Show (for 4 consecutive years)

  • 1974

    Admitted to Northern Kanto Art Exhibition (3 times)

  • 1977

    Exhibited by invitation at Tochigi Art Now Exhibition

  • 1980

    Became a judge at the Musashino Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition

  • 1981

    Winner of Tochigi Art Festival Award

  • 1983

    Winner of the Tokyo Governor’s Prize at Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition

  • 1984

    Exhibited by invitation at the Japan Traditional Craft Arts 30th Anniversary exhibition, Living National Treasure – Thirty Years of the Development of Traditional Crafts

  • 1985

    Modern Bamboo Craft Arts: Development in Modern Times (the first major exhibition of this art form at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo). The exhibit piece, Keiryu (Torrent) – namichidori weaving, was purchased by the museum.

  • 1988

    Exhibited by invitation at Tochigi Artists
    Japanese and American Basket Makers, Chicago, IL – the exhibit piece, Yoroke Yotsume-ami Hanakago (Staggering Square Plaiting Flower Basket), was purchased by First National Bank

  • 1989

    Admitted to Kanazawa Craft Great Award Competition for the first time
    Assisted Iizuka Shokansai (Living National Treasure) at Training Seminar for successors for two years

  • 1994

    Exhibited by invitation at Asahi Contemporary Craft Arts Exhibition

  • 1995

    Solo Exhibition at Nasunogahara Harmony Hall, Second Gallery
    Judge at 10th National Cultural Festival – Tochigi 95

  • 1997

    Winner of the NHK Chairman’s Prize at Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition

  • 1998

    Awarded Order of Academic and Artistic Merit by Japanese Government

  • 1999

    Bamboo Masters, Asia Society, New York, NY

  • 2000

    Bamboo Masterworks, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

  • 2001

    Bamboo Masterworks, Honolulu Academy of Art, HI

  • 2003

    Exhibited in The Hand Workshop Art Center, Richmond, VA

  • 2004

    Named Living National Treasure of Japan

  • 2005

    Weavers of Wonder, the Naples Museum, FL

  • 2006

    Hin: The Quiet Beauty of Japanese Art, Grinnell College, IA and Chicago Cultural Center, IL
    Exhibited at The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, MA

  • 2007

    Listening to Bamboo: Japanese Baskets from the Collection of Ritalou & Robert Harris, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

  • 2009

    Listening to Bamboo, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

  • 2014

    Masterpieces of Bamboo Art in Tochigi, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Utsunomiya, Japan

  • 2017

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

    Solo Exhibition, Ibara Municipal Denchu Art Museum, Okayama, Japan

  • 2018

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

  • 2019

    Tochigi Bamboo Craftsman Saito Bunseki, Tochigi Kuranomachi Museum of Art, Japan

  • 2020

    Kogei 2020 – The Art of Crafting Beauty from Nature, Tokyo National Museum, Japan

    Masterpieces of Bamboo Art: Katsushiro Soho and Fujinuma Noboru, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Utsunomiya, Japan

    Spring is Here, TAI Modern, Santa Fe, NM

  • 2021

    Ten Thousand Flowers, TAI Modern, Santa Fe, NM


Museum Collections
  • National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
    Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, CA
    Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN
    Nishinasu City Folk Museum
    Tochigi Prefecture Museum of Fine Arts
    Japanese Agency of Cultural Affairs
    Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN