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.
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
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