Ueno Masao graduated from the Shibaura Institute of Technology with a
degree in architecture and studied bamboo with Honma Kazuaki. Since the
1980s, he has exhibited worldwide, installing outdoor pieces at the
Grizedale Sculpture Park in England and the University of Zurich's museum
park. In 1991, his work was included in "The 20th Contemporary Art
Exhibition of Japan" at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art and Kyoto City
Museum of Art. His work is part of the Ruth and Sherman Lee Institute
The artist picks madake bamboo in the mountains of Japan, dyes and lacquers
the material, and finishes with gold leaf and gold powder, a technique he
adapted from traditional wood artists. Tinged in gold, his pieces transform
with shifts in light. Many of his ideas are formulated using
computer-assisted design software.
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