Isao Sugiyama

Works

Isao Sugiyama exhibits in our gallery since 2000.

Of all the symbols of eternity and security, that which appears most frequently is the Home. The Home is the individual version of the World, in other words, the universal home of all men. This use of symbols embraces all cultures and there is no religion which hasn't adopted it. In Jung's terms, we might say that we found ourselves before an archetype, something that doesn't change with time, which isn't affected by changes in taste. From Hindus to Christians, the problem involves possession, construction, finding shelter, a place to call one's own: an elementary yet eternal need. "Going home" is synonymous with happiness and safety, and "mum and dad's house" or "The House of God" are always ready to welcome prodigal sons who've left the nest in search of knowledge. Knowledge opens the way to thousands of roads, all of which are equally probable, but in choosing means finding the way back. This is not easy. Our existence is fragile; we live temporary situations as long-term arrangements. Man easily makes mistakes, often blinded by a fictitious, false and persuasive "reality", like the sirens of Ulysses. Isao Sugiyama faces all of these themes with exemplary clarity.The artist perfectly combines extremes which are unlikely to be compatible: heat, cold, marble and wood, the transitory and the lasting, full and empty. The extremely fascinating side of his work lies in the sense of creating a link between opposing elements. Between inside and outside, for example, and the home is perfect for this, as it protects from things which are outside and, at the same time, creates a relationship between Man and nature. And this intuition is fundamental. Valerio Dehò" 

The artistic life of Isao Sugiyama is closely linked to the artist himself, his culture, Japanese tradition, and great respect for nature and his cultural and spiritual world.
Sugiyama works marble without transforming it, but gradually helping it progress from the purely natural state to the unexpected whiteness inside, revealing transparencies which magically allow the light to pass through; tiny diaphragms which transfix the eye and the heart.
He works soft, pale, light wood which harmonises perfectly with the whiteness of marble, a material which should be in complete contrast, but which seems to be its natural extension.
Sugiyama becomes an instrument for the celebration of spirituality, creating small temples in inaccessible places, tiny sanctuaries which welcome our soul; Sugiyama shows us an impassable path, steep stairs, very narrow bridges, impossible climbs.
A difficult road, the same which we travel during our lives, at the end of which, in the Silence of the Soul, we can find ourselves.
Sugiyama celebrates Nature, paying homage through himself and this is the most spiritual, deeply meaningful poetry that an Artist can create, using his own sensitivity and his hands. Isabella Del Guerra 2003

Isao Sugiyama was born in Japan in 1954

Sugiyama studies at the University of Art in Tokyo-Zokei where he majored in sculpture in 1977, in 1983 he took his degree of specialization at the same university, always in 1983, he moved to Italy in order to visit a course of sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti at Carrara Italy and graduated in 1990.

The artistic life of Isao Sugiyama is closely linked to the artist himself, his culture, Japanese tradition, and great respect for nature and his cultural and spiritual world.  Sugiyama works marble without transforming it, but gradually helping it progress from the purely natural state to the unexpected whiteness inside, revealing transparencies which magically allow the light to pass through; tiny diaphragms which transfix the eye and the heart.  He works soft, pale, light wood which harmonises perfectly with the whiteness of marble, a material which should be in complete contrast, but which seems to be its natural extension.  Sugiyama becomes an instrument for the celebration of spirituality, creating small temples in inaccessible places, tiny sanctuaries which welcome our soul; Sugiyama shows us an impassable path, steep stairs, very narrow bridges, impossible climbs.  A difficult road, the same which we travel during our lives, at the end of which, in the Silence of the Soul, we can find ourselves.  Sugiyama celebrates Nature, paying homage through himself and this is the most spiritual, deeply meaningful poetry that an Artist can create, using his own sensitivity and his hands.

Sugiyama have had many personal exhibitions in public spaces, foundations and museums in Italy and abroad as: Os Norway, Mishima Japan, Shanghai China, Brussels Belgium, London UK, Metropolitan Museum Tokyo Japan, Paris France, Iwate Japan, Civic Museum Paris Valle Maccagno Italy, Seoul Museum of Art Seoul Korea, Museum Crocetti Roma Italy,  Museum of Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara Italy, Laren Holland, HakoneJapan, MishimaJapan, New York USA,  San Francisco, USA, Embassy of Japan Rome Italy, Museum National Gallery of Modern Art and The Japan Foundation Rome Italy

Solo exhibitions

1989      Galleria del Naviglio, Milano
1990      Azur Gallery, Aichi, Giappone
1991      Art Basel, Basilea, Svizzera, Galleria del Naviglio
1992      Salon de Mars, Parigi, Galleria del Naviglio
              Naviglio Venezia, Venezia
1993      Art Cologne, Colonia, Germania, Galleria del Naviglio
1994      Galleria del Naviglio, Milano
1995      Galerie Accademia, Salisburgo, Austria
1996      Naviglio Venezia, Venezia
1998      Galleria del Naviglio, Milano
1999      Galerie Claude Bernard, Parigi
2001      Galleria Gagliardi, San Gimignano
2002      Naviglio Modern Art, Milano
2004      Galerie Claude Bernard, Parigi
              Naviglio Modern Art, Milano
              Galleria Gagliardi San Gimignano c/o Excelsior Palace Hotel, Taormina
2006      Naviglio Modern Art, Milano
2010      Tokyo Gallery+BTAP,Tokyo, Giappone
              Osaka Takashimaya Art Gallery,Osaka,Giappone
2012      La Stanza del Vento, Montemarcello
2014      Osaka Takashimaya Art Gallery NEXT,Osaka,Giappone
      Tokyo Gallery+BTAP,Tokyo, Giappone
2018      Aura.a gallery, Shanghai, Repubblica popolare cinese 

Collective exhibitions   
          
1976       “100 Persons Exhibition”, Shizuoka, Giappone
1978/83  Koku-Ten-Exhibition, Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo
1983/84  “Tamagawa Open-Air Sculpture and Textil Exhibition”, Tokyo, Giappone
1986       Interarte, Carrara
1987       Expoarte, Bari
              “Tra Fiume e Mare”, Esposizione di Scultura all’Aperto”, Bocca di Magra,
               Villa Pellizzari, Querceta
              “La Finellina”, Galleria d’Arte la Ruota, Carrara
1988       “Un luogo della scultura: Tendenza e Suggestione”, Firenze
               Accademia di Belle Arti, Carrara
               “Proposte Giovani ‘88”, Chiesa di San Francesco, San Marino
               “Proposte Giovani ‘88”, Basilica di Sant’ Ambrogio, Milano
               “Biennale off ’88”, Giovani Artisti dell’Europa Mediterranea, Bologna
1989       Navigliovenezia, Venezia
1992       Art Basel, Basilea, Svizzera, Galleria del Naviglio
               Navigliovenezia, Venezia
               “Giappone - Italia: Nuove Generazioni”, 
               Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e l’Istituto Giapponese di Cultura, Roma
1994      “Seven Japanese Artists in Italy Today”, Ambasciata del Giappone, Roma
               Art Cologne, Colonia, Germania, Galleria del Naviglio
1995       Galleria del Naviglio, Milano
               Arte Fiera, Bologna, Galleria del Naviglio
               Art Frankfurt, Francoforte a. M., Germania, Galerie Accademia
               Art Cologne, Colonia, Germania, Galleria del Naviglio
               Lineart, Gent, Belgio, Galleria del Naviglio
1996      “Arte e Cultura del Sol Levante tra le Apuane” Galleria L’Grup, Colonnata
               Art Cologne, Colonia, Germania, Galleria del Naviglio
1997       Arte Fiera, Bologna, Galleria del Naviglio
               Galleria del Naviglio, Milano
               Asia Contemporary Art, Palazzina S. Desiderio, Genova
               Art Cologne, Colonia, Germania, Galleria del Naviglio
               Studio Ballabio Design, Castelmarte, Como
1998       Arte Fiera, Bologna, Italia, Galleria del Naviglio
               Hotel Forte Crest, Milano
               Lineart, Gent, Belgio, Galleria Oprandi
               Comune di Carrara, Carrara
1999       Arte Fiera, Bologna, Galleria del Naviglio
               Japanese Works of Art Gallery, Milano
               Galleria del Naviglio, Milano
               Galerie Claude Bernard, Parigi, Francia
               San Francisco Art Fair, San Francisco, U.S.A., Galerie Claude Bernard
               Art Cologne, Colonia, Germania, Galleria del Naviglio
2000       Arte Fiera, Bologna, Galleria del Naviglio
               Galleria Gagliardi, San Gimignano
2001      “Artisti Stranieri in Toscana”, Fondazione Sergio Vacchi, Siena
               “Cinque Artisti Giapponesi”, Villa Bottini, Lucca
               Galleria Gagliardi, San Gimignano
2002       Art Cologne, Colonia, Germania, Galleria del Naviglio
               Galleria Gagliardi, San Gimignano
               Naviglio Modern Art, Milano
               “Art of the 20th Century Art Fair”, The Armory, New York, U.S.A., 
               Galerie Claude Bernard
               Galerie Claude Bernard, Parigi, Francia
2003       FIAC, Parigi, Francia, Galerie Claude Bernard
               Galleria Gagliardi, San Gimignano
2004       Arte Fiera, Bologna, Galerie Claude Bernard
               Galleria Gagliardi, San Gimignano
               ARCO, Madrid, Spagna, Galerie Claude Bernard
               MiArt, Milano, Naviglio Modern Art
               Naviglio Modern Art, Milano
               Galerie Claude Bernard, Parigi, Francia
2005       Art Brussels, Bruxelles, Belgio, Galerie Claude Bernard
               Galleria Gagliardi, San Gimignano
2006       Art Brussels, Bruxelles, Belgio, Galerie Claude Bernard
               Galleria Gagliardi, San Gimignano
               Art Verona, Verona, Naviglio Modern Art
2007       Naviglio Modern Art, Milano
               Galleria Gagliardi, San Gimignano
               Galleria Hausammann, Cortina d’Ampezzo
               21°Nuova Biennale del Muro Dipinto , Piazzale della Rocca, Dozza
               Art Verona, Verona, Galleria Bergamo
               “Gifts from Sculptors”, THE HAKONE OPEN-AIR MUSEUM, Art on Music Gallery, Hakone, Giappone.
2008       Galleria Hausammann, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italia
               Galleria Gagliardi, San Gimignano
               Arte Fiera, Bologna, Italia, Galerie Claude Bernard
              “Gifts from Sculptors”,Yoz Gallery, Mishima, Giappone.
              “LA CASA DEGLI ARTISTI”, Mostra di opere scelte della collezione d’arte della coperativa Murri , 
               Sala d’ercolle,Palazzo d’accursio, Bologna, Italia.
              “Gifts from Sculptors”, THE HAKONE OPEN-AIR MUSEUM, Art on Music Gallery, Hakone, Giappone.
               Cardazzo factory, Milano
              “De migrante marmoris”, Galleria Ars Apua, Carrara
            Art Verona, Verona, Cardazzo factory
2009    Cardazzo factory, Milano
              Galleria Gagliardi, San Gimignano
             Art Verona, Verona, Cardazzo factory
2010     Cardazzo factory, Milano
             Galleria Gagliardi, San Gimignano
       “ACQUISIZIONI 2010”, Civico Museo Paris Valle, Maccagno in collaborazione Galleria Gagliardi San Gimignano
              KunStart 10, Bolzano, Galleria Gagliardi San Gimignano
              Art Laren 2010, Laren, Olanda, DZD Art Gallery
             “MIYABI”, Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara, Carrara
              Art Verona, Verona, Cardazzo factory
              “MICRO SALON 2010”, Tokyo Gallery+BTAP,Tokyo, Giappone
             “MIYABI”, Roma, Museo Crocetti
2011      Cardazzo factory, Milano
               Galleria Gagliardi, San Gimignano
               “International Sculpture Festa 2011in Seoul”, Seoul Museum of Art,
               Hangaram Art Center, Seoul, Korea
               Tokyo Art Fair, Tokyo
               “ARTE COME SALVAZIONE”, Parco del gran teatro Puccini, Torre del lago
               “Hiraizumi International Exhibition at Iwate University”, Iwate, Giappone
2012       Cardazzo factory, Milano
               Galleria Gagliardi, San Gimignano
               “Hiraizumi International Exhibition at Iwate University”, Iwate, Giappone
               “Natura e senso del divino” Palas hotel Merano
               “MICRO SALON 2012”, Tokyo Gallery+BTAP,Tokyo, Giappone
2013       Cardazzo factory, Milano
               Galleria Gagliardi, San Gimignano
               “SINTASSI CONTEMPORANEE della Raccolte del Museo”, Civico Museo
                Paris Valle, Maccagno
               “Arte in terapia”, Ex chiesa di Sant’Agata, Spoleto in collaborazione Galleria Gagliardi San Gimignano
               “Hiraizumi International Exhibition at Iwate University”, Iwate, Giappone
               “MICRO SALON 2013”, Tokyo Gallery+BTAP,Tokyo, Giappone
2014       Cardazzo factory, Milano
               Galleria Gagliardi, San Gimignano
               BLU CORNER, Carrara
               “IL MARE ATTORNO” La Stanza del Vento, Montemarcello
               “MICRO SALON 2014”, Tokyo Gallery+BTAP,Tokyo, Giappone
               “Hiraizumi International Exhibition at Iwate University”, Iwate, Giappone
2015       Galleria Gagliardi, San Gimignano
               I Salotti,Carrara
               "SCULPTURES",Galerie Claude Bernard, Parigi, Francia
               “MICRO SALON 2015”, Tokyo Gallery+BTAP,Tokyo, Giappone
2016       Arte Fiera" BRAFA",Brussel,Bergio,Galerie Claude Bernard
                Galleria Gagliardi, San Gimignano
               "ENCOUNTERS JAPANESE WORKS OF ART  I DUTKO GALLERY ", DUTKO Gallery,          
                Londora, Inghilterra
               "ORO BIANCO", Castelnuovo Val di Cecina (Pisa)
               " IJZERENBERG 2016 UTOPIA",Bruxelles,Belgio
               "Il cuore per la Vita in AMATRICE",CAP CENTRO DELLE ARTI PLASTICHE,Carrara
               Arte Fiera "2016 ART021 SHANGHAI",Shanghai ,Repubblica Popolare Cinese
               TOKYO Gallery
2017       Galleria Gagliardi, San Gimignano
               Os, Norvegia
               "Journey from east to west, west to east", Galleria Black Art Lounge di Valeria Lattanzi
2018       Galleria Gagliardi, San Gimignano
               Mostra colletiva, Galleria Black Art Lounge di Valeria Lattanzi, Carrara
               "piece of peace" Galleria di tesori del Santuario di Mishima Taisha, Mishima, Giappone  
               “MATERIA DIVINA” La Stanza del Vento, Montemarcello 
               “Megururi Art Shizuoka 6°” Shizuoka City Museum of Art, Shizuoka Giappone
               "ART021 SHANGHAI CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR", Shanghai, Cina, Tokyo Gallery
2019       Galleria Gagliardi, San Gimignano
               "Conversatios Ⅴ" Spiral Garden, Tokyo, Giappone
               "MONO" mostra per due persone, Gene Gallery, Shanghai, Cina
               "GINZA NO SHIROI MORI" THE GINZA SPACE, Tokyo, Giappone
2020       Galleria Gagliardi, San Gimignano
               "Jingu no mori ni tsudou cyokokuka tachi" Meiji Jingu (Santuari Meiji),Tokyo,Giappone
               "Taipei Connections"dalla Tokyo Gallery+BTAP, Taiwan

Symposiums

1982      “4th Hachioji International Sculpture Symposium”, Tokio
1985      “1° Simposio di Scultura all’Aperto Nantopietra”, Vicenza
1986      “Carrara, città laboratorio: 8° Simposio Internazionale di Scultura”, Carrara
2000       “Mine” International Marble Sculpture Symposium”, Mine, Giappone
2002      “4th Appi-Kogen Sculpture Symposium”, Appi-Kogen, Giappone
2015      “18° SIMPOSIO INTERNAZIONALE di SCULTURA su PIETRE del FRIULI VENEZIA  GIULIA”,  
              Comune di Reana del Rojale,Udine 
2017      "17° Os Kulturutviking", Os, Norvegia
2019      "TJUEARSJUBILEUM 2019", Os, Norvegia  
                       
Public Collections 

Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna di Roma
Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Germania
The World Bank, Washington D.C., U.S.A.
Museo d’Arte Moderna Pagani, Castellanza
Cooperativa Murri per l’abitazione, Bologna
Camera di Commercio, Kashiwa, Giappone
Hachioji, Giappone
Mine, Giappone
Appi, Giappone
Civuco Museo Paris Valle, Maccagno
Università di Iwate, Giappone
Chiesa San Michele Arcangelo, Gragnana
Nimis, Municipio, Udine

 

7th INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR
BOLZANO
From 05/03/2010 to 07/03/2010
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TRADIZIONE NEL CONTEMPORANEO
Taormina
From Giugno 2004 to Luglio 2004
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ISAO SUGIYAMA
San Gimignano
From 15/09/2001 to 07/10/2001
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Isao Sugiyama
Edizioni Gagliardi - 2001
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