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TOSKIAKI IZUMI
Born 1937, Kasamatsu, Gifu, Japan

Toshiaki Izumi believes that human beings can work with nature, but not destroy it. His substantial granite sculptures generously acknowledge the material from which they are created. The Japanese art critic Takashi Mizutani suggests that, "men cut the earth to see the rough expressions inside"; Izumi's work gives a voice to such 'rough expressions'. While he attempts to manipulate a hard and heavy stone such as granite, he allows the natural and elemental properties of his material to join him in a chorus of creation. His works are produced in the desolate environment of quarries, yet Izumi's creative 'collaboration' with the rock itself produces works which have expressive life.

Izumi has exhibited extensively since the 1960s; he studied at California State University in Long Beach; he lived in Los Angeles and New York in the early 1970s; he returned to Nagoya where he is now Senior Lecturer at Nagoya Art University.

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