About

Hiroyoshi Asaka grew up in the city of Sakai in Osaka prefecture. He became acquainted with traditional Japanese swordsmithing, and was
impressed by the functional beauty of the curved blade from a young age.
In his artistic expression he strives to illustrate the collective Japanese soul. By using the sword as his motif, he pays homage to the centuries of tradition that shaped modern Japan. He blends the classical aesthetic of sculpture with subculture-like imagery to craft his unique pieces. His goal is to create art that is fresh, yet rooted in his Japanese heritage.
When sculpting with stone, the craftsman may only create a shape by reducing unnecessary material. Nothing can be added later. This finality of the process is uncannily similar to the way of the samurai, which emphasizes discipline and honor. A warrior pays for a mistake with his life. Through the medium of stone sculpting, Asaka channels the samurai’s constant awareness of his mortality. The philosophy comes together in his dynamic pieces, executed with impeccable technique, that are steadily gaining attention in Japan as well as abroad.

Exhibition


2012 Shinjuku Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo
Nihonbashi Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo
2013 JR Nagoya Takashimaya Art Gallery, Nagoya
Karuizawa New Art Museum, Karuizawa
2014 Gallery Seizan, Tokyo
2015 Shinjuku Isetan Art Gallery, Tokyo
2017 Takashimaya Art Gallery, Osaka/Tokyo

2012 Winter Art Exhibition, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Art Gallery, Tokyo
2013 Exhibition Story of one by one, Shinseido, Tokyo)
2014 Exhibition Garden sculpture, Shibuya Seibu Art Gallery, Tokyo
Exhibition Katachi no message, Fukuoka Mistukoshi Art Gallery, Fukuoka Artistic Christmas Vol.VIII, Shinjuku Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo Something Precious Exhibition, Gallery Seizan, Tokyo
2015 Artistic Christmas Vol.IX, Shinjuku Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo Exhibition Miniature, Fuma Contemporary Tokyo,Tokyo
2016 COLLECT, Micheko Gallery, Munich, Germany
2017 Exhibition Musou, Toyama Daiwa Art Gallery, Toyama
2018 YOD Gallery 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition, YOD Gallery, Osaka
The Eve of Breakthrough Exhibition, The Imperial Hotel Plaza MEDEL Gallery Shu, Tokyo “~Shining Brilliance~ An Exhibition of Contemporary Artists”, Artglorieux Gallery, Tokyo The Eve of Breakthrough Exhibition, Roppongi Hills A/D Gallery, Tokyo
“Hands”, Takashimaya Shinjuku Department Store, Tokyo