Masatoyo Kishi Vintage Sculptures
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Kuki Sculpture by Masatoyo Kishi
World Famous Artist 1924 - 2017
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A limited edition black cast stone sculpture by Japanese American artist Masatoyo "Kuki" Kishi (1924-2017). This dramatic sculpture features a male figure wearing a kimono with wide sleeves and incised rounded designs along the edges. The underside of the sculpture is marked "Kuki 164 /200. Measures a commanding 18 1/2"W X 5 1/2"D X 28" Tall.
A limited edition black cast stone sculpture by Japanese American artist Masatoyo "Kuki" Kishi (1924-2017). This sculpture features a female figure wearing a kimono with incised circular designs along the front. The underside of the sculpture is marked "Kuki 124/200."
Measures 12 1/2"W X 4 1/2"D X 24" Tall.
Abstract Sculptor and Painter Masatoyo Kishi was best known for mixing elements
of traditional Japanese culture with western abstraction.
His artwork was displayed frequently exhibited at national and international institutions
including the Palace of Honor, de Young Museum, San Francisco Museum of Art, Richmond Art Center, Oakland Museum of California, Carnegie Institute, University of Illinois, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, and the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto.
Born in Sakai, Japan, in 1924, Kishi studied physics and mathematics at the Tokyo University of Science. “As a Japanese artist in the 1950s in Tokyo, I didn’t go to art school,” Kishi said. “Japanese artists studied literature, economics, science; then you explored art.” After graduating, he pursued a short career as a mathematics teacher before he began exhibiting with Tekkei Kai, a group of abstract painters associated with the Kyoto Museum of Art.
From the late 1950s to the 1960s, he created his Opus paintings, which feature softly dripped pigments and sweeping brushwork. Using large brushes, In 1960, Kishi moved from Japan to San Francisco, where he lived until 1988. Over the course of nearly thirty years there, he transitioned from primarily painting to sculpting. He taught at Holy Names College in Oakland and the Dominican College in San Rafael.
Kuki was his wife's Maiden Name and he used it on his Sculptures.