Yamaguchi Ryuun Bio/CV

b. 1940

Yamaguchi graduated in bamboo craft from the Beppu Occupational School in 1957 and, at 23, apprenticed to Living National Treasure Shono Shounsai.

A decade later he began receiving accolades, garnering the Beppu City Mayor's Award and Oita Prefecture Governor's Awards. Between 1966 and 2004, he won more than 25 important prizes. His work has been purchased by the Oita Prefectural Art Hall, Oita City Museum of Art, and Mint Museum and exhibited in "Best Bamboo Baskets: the Cotsen Collection"at Long House Reserve in East Hampton, New York.

 

"Frankly speaking, I never thought of the possibility of being an artist until I apprenticed with the first Living National Treasure in bamboo arts, Shono Shounsai," he says. "His example deeply inspired me to express myself. Even now, it is a great stru ggle for me with each new piece. I feel the beauty of the flowers. I feel the beauty of the water flow. I try to bring that flow into my pattern. At first I was very surprised that people wanted to collect my work in the West, but now ithas given me more confidence as an artist."

 

 

Y a m a g u c h i R y u u n | CV

b. 1940, Saga Prefecture, Japan

 

E d u c a t i o n

1957, Graduated from Oita Prefecture Beppu Advanced Occupational School, Department of Bamboo Craft Art

1963, Apprenticed to Shono Shounsai (Living National Treasure)

 

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

1967, Excellence Award, 3rd Beppu City New Bamboo Craft Art Exhibition (again in 1972)

1969, Beppu City Mayor’s Award, 9th Oita Prefecture Craft Arts Exhibition (thereafter winner eight times including Governor’s Award and Shono Shounsai Award)

1969, Paulownia Award, 2nd Kyushu Modern Craft Arts Exhibition (again in 1972)

1970, Encouragement Award, 3rd Exhibition for Modern Craft Art Association in Kyushu

1987, Admitted to Japan New Craft Arts Exhibition (thereafter admitted 10 times)

1988, Governor of Oita Award, 9th Japan New Craft Arts Kyushu Exhibition

1990, Admitted to Paris Top 100 Artists Award Competition

1993, Northern Kyushu Art Museum Award, 15th Japan New Craft Arts Exhibition

1994, Admitted to 26th Nitten (Japan Fine Arts Exhibition)

1997, Admitted to 29th Nitten

1998, Admitted to Japanese Citizen’s Cultural Festival

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, Bamboo Masterworks, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

2000, Northern Kyushu Museum Prize, Japan New Craft Arts Exhibition

2000, International Asian Art Fair, New York

2000, SOFA New York and SOFA Chicago

2000, International 20th Century Art Fair, New York

2000, Bamboo Masterworks, Honolulu Academy of Art, Hawaii

2001, Arts of Pacific Asia, San Francisco

2001, International Asian Art Fair, New York

2001, Bamboo Fantasies, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2001, SOFA New York and SOFA Chicago

2001, Best Bamboo Baskets: The Cotsen Collection, Long House Reserve, East Hampton, NY

2002, International Art & Design Fair, New York

2002, Arts of Pacific Asia, San Francisco

2002, International Asian Art Fair, New York

2002, SOFA New York

2002, Group Show, Tigerman Himmel Gallery, Chicago

2003, SOFA New York

2003, Hali Fair, London

2003, Antiques Chicago

2003, International Asian Art Fair, New York

2003, International Art & Design Fair, New York

2003, SOFA Chicago

2004, SOFA Chicago and SOFA New York

2004, Antiques Chicago

2004, International Asian Art Fair, New York

2004, Exhibited in the Hand Workshop Art Center, Richmond,Virginia

2005, Palm Beach!, Florida

2005, The San Francisco International Art Exhibition

2005, International Asian Art Fair, New York

2005, SOFA New York and SOFA Chicago

2005, The International Art & Design Fair, New York

2006, Palm Beach!, Florida

2006, International Asian Art Fair, New York

2006, Art Miami, Florida

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

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

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

2006, Beyond Basketry:Japanese Bamboo Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

2007, Arts of Pacific Asia Show, San Francisco

2007, Palm Beach!, Florida

2008, Arts of Pacific Asia Show, San Francisco

2008, SOFA New York

2008, Palm Beach!, Florida

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

2009, Member's Award, 31st Japan New Craft Arts Exhibition

2009, Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from theSara and David Lieberman Collection

2009, The New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe

2009, Yamaguchi Ryuun and Kibe Seiho two-artistshow, TAI Gallery Santa Fe, NM

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

2009, SOFA New York and SOFA West: Santa Fe, New Mexico

2009, Art Miami, Florida

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

2010, SOFA New York and SOFA Chicago

2010, Art Chicago

2010, Dallas Art Fair

2010, SOFA West: Santa Fe, New Mexico

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

2010, Many Shapes of Bamboo IV, Oita Prefectural Art Museum, Oita Japan

2010, Art Miami

2011, Dallas Art Fair

2011, SOFA New York and SOFA Chicago

2011, Art Chicago

2011, Art Antiques London

2011, SOFA West: Santa Fe, New Mexico

2011, Houston Fine Art Fair

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

2011,Many Shapes of Bamboo V, Oita Prefectural Art Museum, Oita Japan

2012, SOFA New York

2012, Legacy of Inspiration: Shono Shounsai and His Students, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe,NM

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

2013, Oita’s Art Movement, in partnership with the Oita Prefectural Government, TAI Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

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

Museum of Art and Design, New York

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Art Institute of Chicago

Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina

Philadelphia Museum of Art

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

 

Oita City Museum of Art, Japan