Monden Yuichi Bio/CV

b. 1942

Monden Yuichi's father, Monden Kogyoku, discouraged him from pursuing a career as a bamboo artist because of the economic hardships of the life. Heeding his advice, Monden Yuichi chose to become an engineer but not before spending countless hours observing his father at work. Although not formally trained, this study gave him the tools he needed to produce one basket a year, which he submitted to local exhibitions.

The bamboo arts were never far from his thoughts. In 1998, when he retired from engineering, he attended the Beppu Occupational School and studied under Tanabe Nobuyuki, a top student of Japanese Living Treasure Shono Shounsai. Then here turned to the Hiroshima area where he was born and dedicated himself to bamboo sculpture.

In 2004, he won the Newcomers Prize at Japan's Gendai Kogei Exhibition and the next year he had his first successful admission in the prestigious Nitten show. His work is part of the collection at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City and was represented in "The Next Generation" exhibit at the University of Arkansas.

A marathon runner with an exuberant personality, Monden brings a fresh, vibrant energy to his still-developing work.


M o n d e n Y u i c h i | C V

b. 1942 Beppu City, Oita Prefecture, Japan

First son of Monden Kogyoku, well-known bamboo master


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

1980,Admitted to Hiroshima Prefecture Arts Exhibition (thereafter admitted 12 times)

1983, Winner of Encouragement Award at Hiroshima Prefecture Arts Exhibition

1990, Winner of Encouragement Award at Hiroshima Prefecture Arts Exhibition

1992, Winner of Best of Show Award at Hiroshima Prefecture Arts Exhibition

1998, Retired from job as an applied scientist to pursue career as a bamboo artist

1999, Studied bamboo art under Tanabe Nobuyuki and Sugawara Hiromi for 2 years

2001, The Next Generation, University of Arkansas, Little Rock

2002, Admitted for first time to Japan Modern Craft Arts Exhibition

2002, International Art &Design Fair, New York

2002, Arts of Pacific Asia, San Francisco

2002, The Next Generation, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2003, Admitted to Japan Modern Craft Arts Exhibition

2003, SOFA New York

2003, Antiques Chicago

2004, SOFA Chicago and SOFA New York

2005, San Francisco International Art Exhibition

2005, Winner of Up and Coming Artist of the Year Prize

2005, Admitted for first time to Nitten (Japan Fine Arts Exhibition)

2006, Power & Delicacy: Master Works of Japanese Bamboo Art, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe

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

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

2006, Admitted to Japan Modern Craft Arts Exhibition

2007, Palm Beach!, Florida

2007, Admitted to Japan Modern Craft Arts Exhibition

2008, SOFA New York

2008, Admitted to Japan Modern Craft Arts Exhibition

2009, SOFA New York

2009, SOFA West: Santa Fe, New Mexico

2009, Admitted to Japan Modern Craft Arts Exhibition

2009, Admitted to Nitten

2010, Admitted to Japan Modern Craft Arts Exhibition

2010, Father and Son: 107 Years of Bamboo Art, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe

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

2010, SOFA Chicago

2010, Art Miami

2011, Art Chicago

2011, SOFA New York

2011, Art Antiques London

2011, Dallas Art Fair

2011, Houston Art Fair

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

2011, SOFA Chicago

2011, Beauty in All Things: Japanese Art and Design, Museum of Art and Design, New York

2012, SOFA New York


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

Museum of Art and Design, New York