Ryosuke Yazaki

Ryosuke Yazaki is a Japanese sculptor. Grandson of the renowned sculptor Torao Yazaki, the younger Yazaki is himself considered a master carver as well. His work is renowned within both the art and design worlds; in both Japan and the West.

Born in Tokyo in 1965, Yazaki began his education studying art at Japan’s Nihon University before pursuing further education in the United Kingdom. Evoking the work of seminal sculptors such as Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Isamu Noguchi, Yazaki’s often-diminutive works convey a sense of mysterious magnetism. Switching between clay, terracotta and wood, he is particularly drawn to Japanese materials like the fragrant Hinoki and Camphor woods.
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Many of his sculptures begin with abstract computer generated design drawings, which are then transformed into transcendental handmade forms -- organic spheres conjoined by sinuous joints and  clusters of geode-like shapes that evoke unknown extra-terrestrial worlds.

In describing works, the artist has stated: “Looking at something – and having something appear in the space around that object – is the true strength and spirit of the artwork.  It is not in what you see, but what appears in the absent space, as well as what you feel from the invisible entity within each piece that brings it to life.”

In 2018, The Future Perfect and Yazaki presented Mikakiuchi, which can be translated in English as “courtyard of the shrine” or more loosely, “sculpture and space.”  The pieces, presented in Ichii, Sequoia and Hinoki woods, as well as terracotta, embody a variety of forms from more traditional looking sculptural monoliths to sinuous and amoebic-seeming cryptograms. Each of the one-of-a-kind pieces is rich with vivid color, and offer a singular emotional resonance -- evoking the human experience and its visceral complexity.

The artist been exhibited at Los Angeles’ M+B and Tortoise Galleries, House Vision Muji (Japan), and Playmountain (Tokyo).
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Selected Exhibitions