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Toru Fukuda

Born in 1994 in Hokkaido, Japan Works and lives in Hokkaido, Japan 

Toru Fukuda began developing his unique sculpting technique while still in high school, blending traditional Japanese inlay with natural wood elements and his imagination to create life-sized, free-standing sculptures of insects and plants. Meticulously blending craft and art, Fukuda takes advantage of the wood’s natural hues and textures, solely utilizing unpainted wood from naturally growing trees to create his pieces. This intensely laborious process, which Fukuda refers to as 3D wood inlay, captures the details and spirit of its subjects, creating an effective illusion that the insects are actually alive and have simply alighted on their elegantly carved bases for a movement before preparing to take flight once more. A traditional Japanese wooden box accompanies each piece, handcrafted by the artist to fit the sculpture.


selected solo exhibitions

2019

"Toru Fukuda" (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)

selected group exhibitions

2019

Asia Week March 2019 Exhibition (SEIZAN Gallery, New York)

2018

"Something Precious: Strawberry" (SEIZAN Gallery, Tokyo)
"Nihonga: Contemporary Art of Japan" (SEIZAN Gallery, New York)