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Masaru Bando
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Dumbo



ARTIST STATEMENT: I look at things as a sculptor. I am interested in the human condition and its expression. My work begins with the study of life models, from which I make life-size charcoal drawings and abstract and figurative sculptures in clay, plaster, wood and bronze. Thinking and working with the figure includes the understanding of the internal spiritual and physical essence of the human form as well as the expansion of the form into the surrounding space. Thus, I explore both architectural and natural surroundings in the creation of the works. My work may be abstract or figurative but is united by a single and constant idea. That concept is the embodiment of the soul of some body or some thing. It may even be the distillation of an entire environment which is translated into a particular shape or for which I discover a specific body. Many of my sculptures contain an underlying social-political concern. With traditional materials and timeless themes I wish to portray the universal nature of contemporary situations. Thus, the work Adamo e Eva became for me an expression of my compassion for the people suffering in the war in Sarajevo. I want the sculptures to touch the viewer through their immediacy and expression. In the same way I want the viewer to enliven the sculptures through touching.
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  • Bell Tower
    April 16, 2010
    Steel, Brick, wood, bronze   30' high
    Bell Tower at Campana della Vigna Rokkatei, Hokkaido Japan. Masaru Bando designed and coordinate the process. It's each brick had been carved by young artists with their images.

  • Bell Tower detail
    March 18, 2010
    Stainless Steel   10' x 10' x 12 '
    Stainless steel on welding and drawing by carving machines.

  • Solo show
    March 2010
    bronze,woods, plaster, dry clay
    Takashimaya Gallery in Tokyo, Japan

  • Night
    2009
    Plaster & wood   75 x 25 x 25"
    Plaster portrait with wooden pedestrian. Photo by Mitaumasa Fujitsuka

  • Portrait of Shiori
    2010
    Bronze   75 x 20 x 19"
    Photo by Mitsumasa Fujitsuka

  • self portrait
    1999
    FRP   20 x 7 1/2 x 7"
    Photo by Mitsumasa Fujitsuka

  • Adam & Eve in Brooklyn
    1999
    tera cotta   12 x 12 x 3"
    Photo by Mitsumasa Fujitsuka

  • Another-self
    2010
    Bronze   69 x 20 x 18"
    Photo by Mitsumasa Fujitsuka

  • portraits
    2010
    Dry clay   life size
    Photo by Mitsumasa Fujitsuka

  • Fall of field / Drawing
    2010
    paper, charcoal   95 x 42 1/2"
    photo by Mitsumasa Fujitsuka

  • untitled
    1995
    Bronze   10 x 9 x 2"

  • Day
    2008
    Bronze, Stainless steel   110 x 41 x 20 "
    Monument at Furano, Japan

  • Final days
    2008
    Bronze   31 x 17 x 18"
    Bronze sculpture with Drawing 3 Panels (70 x 42 1/2"each) Cherry Blossoms 2 Panels (70 x 42 1/2 each) Tree Paper, Chacrcoal Photo by Mitsumasa Fujitsuka

  • Bronze age
    2004
    Bronze   59 x 27 1/2 x 22"
    Exhibition at Kyu-kan in Obihiro, Japan with drawing / Cherry tree 3 panels of Torinoko Japanese Paper with Sumi ink 157 x 472 " photo by Mitsumasa Fujitsuka
 








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