Born in 1953, the sculptor, YABUUCHI Satoshi, uses traditional techniques, acquired through his experience in the preservation and restoration of ancient cultural treasures, to create warm, tranquil, wooden sculptures that appeal to the hearts of the Japanese and the oriental view of nature.
Overflowing with humor and wit, the fantastic world he creates in his works never fails to fascinate the people who experience it.
Recently, in addition to wood, he has produced a large number of works in bronze, including those that are intended to be placed outside or in public places as "Art for the Public". By expanding his activities in this way, he is able to work with local people to help them create a better place to live.
In addition to his sculptures, he is active in a variety of fields, including writing and visual works, using original characters to produce various goods that overflow with humor and wit.
Although, at first glance, his artistic activities may appear a little lighthearted, his aim is to recreate the traditional aesthetics that the Japanese people lost in their rush to adopt modern Western artistic values.
In 2004 he was appointed Professor of the Conservation Division (Sculpture), Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music where he has been involved in many projects concerning the preservation and restoration of cultural properties. Focusing on Japanese wooden sculpture, he devotes himself to training the next generation of artists to carry on this work.
In addition to the above, he also arranges offertory events called eKatsumaef and consisting of music and imagery, that are held at various temples around the country, such as Tokyofs Gokoku-ji or Kyotofs Kiyomizu-dera. In this way, he continues to be a creative force in a wide variety of fields.