Kibe Seiho Bio/CV

b. 1951

 

Bamboo was Kibe's ticket out of a mundane life. He was working as a gas station attendant when, in his thirties, he resolved to find a way to make his life more meaningful. Despite his family's objections, the pressure they exerted on him to take over operation of their farm, and the fact that making a living in bamboo was extremely difficult, Kibe quit his job to learn the genre.

 

Though he has no formal art training, the artist's work illustrates an intuitive sense of proportion and an ability to produce complex plaiting that is suggestive of quilting. His baskets exude a quietness that belies his personality, which is gregarious, earthy, and funny.

 

For many years Kibe has steeped himself in traditional Japanese styles and techniques but recently he has expanded his repertoire, moving strongly into the contemporary realm.

 

The artist became a full member of the Japan Craft Arts Association in 2000 and won prestigious prizes at regional and national exhibitions thereafter. In 2004, he was a finalist for the Cotsen Bamboo Prize. Kibe's baskets are in the permanent collection of the Denver Art Museum and the San Francisco Asian Art Museum.

 

 

 

K i b e S e i h o | C V

b. 1951, Kusu-Gun, Oita Prefecture, Japan

 

E d u c a t i o n

1990, Graduated from Oita Prefecture Beppu Industrial Research Institute, Department of Bamboo Crafts

 

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

1991, Mayor of Oita Award, 26th Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, Western Division

1992, Governor of Oita Award, 27th Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, Western Division

1993, Oita-Ken Mayor’s Award, 28th Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, Western Division

1994, Admitted to 29th Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, Western Division

1995, Chief of the Japan Craft Association Western Branch Award, 30th Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, Western Division

1995, Admitted to 42nd Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition

1996, Admitted to 31st Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, Western Division

1997, Admitted to 32nd Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, Western Division

1997, Admitted to 44th Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition

2002, The NextGeneration, University of Arkansas, Little Rock

2002, International Art & Design Fair, New York

2003, Hali Fair, London

2003, Antiques Chicago

2003, International Asian Art Fair, New York

2004, SOFA New York

2004, Antiques Chicago

2004, International Asian Art Fair, New York

2004, Best of Show, 39th Japan Traditional Crafts Arts Exhibition, Western Division

2004, Finalist, Cotsen Bamboo Prize

2005, International Art & Design Fair, New York

2005, SOFA Chicago

2005, Weavers of Wonder, Naples Museum, Florida

2005, Agency of Cultural Affairs Prize, Japan Traditional Craft Arts Wood and Bamboo Exhibition

2005, Chairman’s Award, 52nd Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition

2006, Palm Beach!, Florida

2006, International Asian Art Fair, New York

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

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

2007, The Next Generation, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

2007, Bamboo Masters,The Cotsen Collection, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

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

2009, Yamaguchi Ryuun and Kibe Seiho, TAI Gallery Santa Fe

2009, SOFA New York

2009, SOFA West: Santa Fe

2010, SOFA New York

2010, SOFA West: Santa Fe

2010, International Fine Art Antiques Fair, New York

2011, SOFA New York

2011, SOFA West: Santa Fe

2011, Art Antiques London

2011, Houston Fine Art Fair

2011, International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show, New York

2011, SOFA Chicago

2012, SOFA New York

2013, Oita’s Art Movement, in partnership with the Oita Prefectural Government, a museum-quality show, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe

2014, Awarded the “Purple Ribbon” by the Japanese Congress for lifetime achievement in the arts, presented by the Emperor of Japan.

2014, Group show, Japanese American Cultural Community Center, Los Angeles

 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

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Denver Art Museum

 

Beppu City Traditional Bamboo Craft Art Museum, Japan