Fujinuma Noboru Bio/CV

Fujinuma Noboru's early interests were photography and engineering. At 27, he traveled to Paris and returned home intent on studying traditional Japanese arts. Shortly thereafter, he quit his job at Nikon to apprentice with the respected bamboo basket maker Yagisawa Keizo.

For half-a-dozen years, he struggled to execute his design ideas because he lacked confidence in his technique. This changed by 1992 when, his reputation growing, he received the Tokyo Governor's Prize at the 39th Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition. His winning piece was purchased by the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo.

"What is art? What is the criteria for art?," he muses. "Not many people in Japan can answer this question clearly. For me, art is not just about the surface. It's something invisible that speaks to the viewer."

Named as a National Living Treasure of Japan in 2012 and will have a solo show at TAI Gallery the summer of 2013. In addition to exhibitions of his work in numerous art museums, Fujinuma was featured in a solo show in at the Chicago Art Institute in 2011 and in 2005 at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles. His pieces are part of collections at the Art Institute of Chicago, Ruth and Sherman Lee Institute for Japanese Art in Hanford, California and the Denver Art Museum.


F u j i n u m a N o b o r u | CV

b. 1945, Otawara City, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan

E d u c a t i o n

1976 Apprenticed to Yagisawa Keizo

E x i h i b i t i o n s + A c c o l a d e s

1977, Admitted to the Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, Eastern Division (thereafter admitted 24 times)

1977, Admitted to the Musashino Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition (thereafter admitted 4 times, winning one award)

1980, Admitted to the Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition (thereafter admitted 19 times)

1981, Received the Art Festival Award at The Tochigi Prefecture Art Festival (received awards in three subsequent festivals)

1982, Solo Exhibit, Utsunomiya Ueno Department Store, Utsunomiya, Japan

1984, Became full member of Traditional Craft Arts Association

1984, Solo Exhibit, Kichijoji, Tokyo, Japan

1985, Received the Chairman of Craft Arts Association Prize at the 33rd Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition

1985, Received the Traditional Craft Arts Association Tokyo Division Award, at the Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, Eastern Division

1988, Judge at the 28th Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, Eastern Division

1990, Received Encouragement Award at the 30th Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, Eastern Division

1991, Judge at the 31st Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, Eastern Division

1992, Winner of the Tokyo Governor’s Prize, 39th Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition

1994, Judge at the 6th Japan Traditional Craft Arts Wood and Bamboo Exhibition

1994, Judge at the 41st Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition

1996, Judge at the 7th Japan Traditional Craft Arts Wood and Bamboo Exhibition

1998, SOFA Chicago

1999, Bamboo Masterworks, Asia Society, New York

1999, International Asian Art Fair, New York

1999, SOFA New York and SOFA Chicago

1999, International 20th Century Art Fair, New York

2000, Finalist, Cotsen Bamboo Prize 2000

2000, Bamboo Masterworks, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

2000, International Asian Art Fair, New York

2000, SOFA New York and SOFA Chicago

2000, International 20th Century Art Fair, New York

2001, Bamboo Masterworks, Honolulu Academy of Art, Hawaii

2001, Arts of Pacific Asia, San Francisco

2001, International Asian Art Fair, New York

2001, Solo exhibit, Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Japan

2001, Demonstration of bamboo techniques at SOFA Chicago

2002, The Next Generation, The University of Arkansas, Little Rock

2002, Arts of Pacific Asia, San Francisco

2002, International Asian Art Fair, New York

2002, SOFA New York and SOFA Chicago

2002, The International Art + Design Fair, New York

2002, Group show, The Tigerman Himmel Gallery, Chicago

2002, Solo exhibit, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2002, Public demonstration, Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM

2003, Three Views of Bamboo: Fujinuma, Nagakura, Shono, Kansas City Jewish Museum, Overland Park, Kansas

2003, The Hali Fair, London

2003, SOFA New York and SOFA Chicago

2003, The Classic Japanese Basket, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe,New Mexico

2003, Antiques Chicago

2003, International Asian Art Fair and International Art + Design Fair, New York

2004, San Francisco International Art Expo

2004, Palm Beach Classic, Florida

2004, Bamboo in Japan, The Morikami Museum, Delray Beach,Florida

2004, International Asian Art Fair, New York

2004, SOFA New York and SOFA Chicago

2004, Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Arts group show, Hand Workshop Art Center, Richmond, Virginia

2005, Palm Beach!, Florida

2005, San Francisco International Art Exhibition

2005, International Asian Art Fair, New York

2005, SOFA New York and SOFA Chicago

2005, Awarded the “Purple Ribbon” by the Japanese Congress for lifetime achievement in the arts, presented by the Emperor of Japan.

2005, International Art + Design Fair, New York

2005, One-Person show, The Japan/American Cultural Center, Los Angeles

2005, Weavers of Wonder, Naples Museum of Art, Florida

2006, Palm Beach!, Florida

2006, International Asian Art Fair, New York

2006, Art Miami, Florida

2006, Hin: The Quiet Beauty of Japanese Art, Grinnell College, Iowa

2006, Hin: The Quiet Beauty of Japanese Art, Chicago Cultural Center

2006, Group show, Museum of Fine Arts Boston

2007, Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the Sara and David Lieberman Collection, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe

2007, Listening to Bamboo: Japanese Baskets from the Collection of Ritalou & Robert Harris, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

2007, Arts of Pacific Asia, San Francisco

2007, Palm Beach!, Florida

2007, International Asian Art Fair, New York

2008, Arts of Pacific Asia, San Francisco

2008, International Asian Art Fair, New York

2008, Palm Beach!, Florida

2008, SOFA New York

2009, Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the Sara and David Lieberman Collection, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe

2009, Form Follows function or Does It?, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

2009, Listening to Bamboo, Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

2009, SOFA New York and Art Miami

2009, SOFA West: Santa Fe, New Mexico

2010, Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the Sara and David Lieberman Collection, Museum of Art and Design, New York

2010, Art Chicago and Dallas Art Fair

2010, SOFA New York and SOFA West: Santa Fe, New Mexico

2010, Int’l. Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show, New York

2010, SOFA Chicago and Art Miami

2011, Dallas Art Fair

2011, SOFA New York

2011, Art Chicago

2011, Art Antiques London

2011, Solo Exhibit, Fujinuma Noboru: Master of Bamboo, Art Institute of Chicago

2011, SOFA West: Santa Fe

2011, Houston Art Fair

2011, Int’l. Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show, New York

2011, SOFA Chicago

2012, SOFA New York

2012, Named National Living Treasure

2012, Int’l. Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show, New York

2013, Lectured at the Denver Art Museum

2013, Solo show, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe

2017, Masterpieces of Japanese Bamboo Art, TAI Modern at Joan B Mirviss LTD, New York, NY

M u s e u m C o l l e c t i o n s

Art Institute of Chicago

British Museum, London

National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Denver Art Museum

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Clark Center for Japanese Art & Culture, Hanford, California