Masao Ueno Bio/CV

b. 1949

Ueno Masao graduated from the Shibaura Institute of Technology with a degree in architecture and studied bamboo with Honma Kazuaki. Since the 1980s, he hasexhibited 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 collection.

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.


U e n o M a s a o | C V

b. 1949, Nagano,Japan

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

1990, Exhibition, Grizedale Sculpture Park

1991, Exhibited in 20th Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art

1991, Exhibited in 20th Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan,Kyoto City Museum of Art

1992, Toride, Miyosi Village, Chiba Prefecture

1992, Exhibited at Gallery Muu, Kyoto

1993, The Bamboo City, River Side Gallery, Tokyo

1993, Exhibited at Gallery Casa, Fukui

1994, Snow Pagoda,Yamanobe, Yamagata Prefecture

1994, Pagoda of Leaves, Hibiya Park, Tokyo

1994, Bamboo Pagoda, Credo Hall, Hiroshima

1994, Basketry Art Exhibition, Studio Com, Kyoto

1994, Contemporary Art in the Peninsula, Kamogawa City Gallery

1995, Cherry Pagoda, Jardin de Wiltz, Luxembourg, City of European Culture

1996, Bamboo Arc, Commissioned Work, Manchester City Art Gallery, UK

1996, Bamboo Pagoda on the Snow, Yamanobe, Yamagata Prefecture

1996, Circle in the Water, Awa Biennial ’96, Kamogawa City, Chiba Prefecture

1996, Cut the Woven Circle, Sakura City Museum of Art

1996, Bend the Woven Circle, Sakura City Museum of Art

1996, Exhibited at Gallery Isogaya, Tokyo

1997, Three Woven Balls, Yoshida-machi, Saitama Prefecture

1997, Three Woven Balls, Yamanobe, Yamagata Prefecture

1997, Basketry Annual Exhibition,Sybaris Gallery, Royal Oak, Michigan

1997, SOFA Chicago

1997, Chiba Art Flash 97, Chiba City Gallery Inage

1997, Exhibited at Comodo Art Plaza, Chiba City

1998, 98 Cocoons, ARTE SELLA, Italy

1998, Polaris,Shibayama Sculpture Festival, Chiba Prefecture

1998, The JapaneseAesthetic, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock

1998, Woven Nature Commissioned Work, Towada Hotel Entrance Hall, Akita Prefecture

1999, Three Woven Balls, Tuyama Art Festival, Japan

1999, Artist in Residence, Imadate Exhibition of Contemporary Paper Art Works, Fukui Prefecture

1999, The Japanese Aesthetic, Duane Reed Gallery, Saint Louis, Missouri

1999, International Contemporary Basketmaking, Craft Council, London

2000, Season of Camellia, Sakura City Museum of Art

2001, Formals and Contrasts, Sybaris Gallery, Royal Oak, Michigan

2003, Bamboo in Old Japan, Zurich University Folk Art Museum

2005, SOFA New York

2005, International Art & Design Fair, New York City

2005, SOFA Chicago

2005, Weavers of Wonder, Naples Museum, Florida

2006, Palm Beach!, Florida

2006, International Asian Art Fair, New York City

2006, Art Miami

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, Exhibited at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

2007, Masters of Bamboo, San Francisco Asian Art Museum

2007, Solo Exhibition, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2008, SOFA New York

2008, International Asian Art Fair, New York City

2008, Palm Beach!, Florida

2008, New Bamboo:Contemporary Japanese Masters, The Japan Society, New York

2009, SOFA New York

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

2009, Many Shapes of Bamboo III, Oita Prefectural Art Museum, Oita Japan

2009, SOFA New York

2009, SOFA West: Santa Fe, New Mexico

2009, Art Miami

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

2010, SOFA New York

2010, Art Chicago

2010, Dallas Art Fair

2010, SOFA West: Santa Fe, New Mexico

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

2010, SOFA Chicago

2010, Art Miami

2011, SOFA New York

2011, Art Chicago

2011, Art Antiques London

2011, SOFA West: Santa Fe, New Mexico

2011, Dallas Art Fair

2011, Houston Fine Art Fair

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

2011, SOFA Chicago

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

Philadelphia Museum of Art