Yako Hodo

Yako Hodo

BIO/CV

B. 1940, Niigata Prefecture, Japan

Education
  • 1956

    Apprenticed to Nakajima Hoso for four years

  • 1964

    Moved to Tokyo
    Studied under Nakamura Yukosai for one year

  • 1965

    Apprenticed to Baba Shodo for eight years


Exhibitions & Accolades
  • 1961

    Admitted to Niigata Prefecture Art Exhibition for the first time

  • 1968

    Winner, Tokyo Governor’s Award, Japan Art Exhibition

  • 1973

    Admitted to Nitten (Japan Fine Arts Exhibition) for the first time
    Moved to Saitama Prefecture and became independent

  • 1978

    Became a member of Japan Modern Craft Arts Association
    Admitted to Japan Modern Craft Arts Exhibition for the first time

  • 1979

    Winner, Saitama Governor’s Award, Prefecture Arts Exhibition

  • 1980

    Three-Person Exhibition

  • 1982

    Solo Exhibition

  • 1985

    Group Exhibition at Saitama Arts Exhibition

  • 1989

    Admitted to Nitten

  • 1992

    Admitted to Nitten
    Judge at Saitama Prefecture Arts Exhibition

  • 1994

    Admitted to Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition for the first time

  • 1995

    Solo Exhibition in Kumagaya
    Winner of Exceptional Technique Award (Ministry of Labor Award)

  • 1997

    Admitted to Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition

  • 1998

    Admitted to Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition
    Became full member of Traditional Craft Arts Association
    Solo Exhibition at Fukaya City Library
    Bamboo Masterworks, Asia Society, New York City, NY

  • 2000

    Winner, Order of Cultural Merit from Emperor of Japan and Ministry of Culture
    Appeared on CNN “Style”
    Bamboo Masterwork, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

  • 2001

    Bamboo Masterworks, Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu, HI
    Best Bamboo Baskets: The Cotsen Collection, at Long House Reserve, East Hampton, NY
    Meet the Masters, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

  • 2002

    Bamboo Masterworks, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA
    Bamboo Masterworks, Field Museum, Chicago, IL

  • 2004

    Exhibited in the Hand Workshop Art Center, Richmond, VA

  • 2005

    Weavers of Wonder, Naples Museum of Art, FL

  • 2006

    Hin: The Quiet Beauty of Japanese Art, Grinnell College, IA and Chicago Cultural Center, IL
    Solo exhibition, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM (first solo show in the US)
    Beyond Basketry: Japanese Bamboo Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

  • 2007

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

  • 2008

    A Sensei and His Students, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

  • 2009

    2009, New Bamboo:Contemporary Japanese Masters, The Japan Society, New York
    2009, Many Shapes of Bamboo III, Oita Prefectural Art Museum, Oita, Japan
    Listening to Bamboo
    , Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

  • 2014

    Fired Earth, Woven Bamboo Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
    Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

  • 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

  • 2020

    Spring is Here, TAI Modern, Santa Fe, NM

  • 2021

    Ten Thousand Flowers, TAI Modern, Santa Fe, NM


Museum Collections
  • Fukaya City Museum
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

    Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

    Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
    Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN


ARTIST STATEMENT

When I make a basket, I draw rough sketches first to conceptualize the image I would like to capture. When I have a hard time finding out what adjustments to make, I try listening to the bamboo and asking it what I should do. It is important to improve one’s skills and techniques, but mental preparation and conceptualization are just as important. The baskets I make reflect both function and dream.

  • Ten Thousand Flowers

  • Spring is Here

  • Japanese Bamboo Art

  • Masterpieces of Japanese Bamboo Art

  • Yako Hodo

  • A Sensei and his Students: Baba Shodo, Fujitsuka Shosei & Yako Hodo