Yoshin Ogata


Born in Miyakonojo, Japan and now living in Italy, Yoshin is a gentle and very focused artist.  He sculpts mostly abstract forms with aquatic themes and often large stone pieces for public installation.

After his first exhibition of sculptures at the Shinseisaku-Kyokai, Tokyo In 1970, he moved to London and studied at the British Museum. He then moved on to the US and Mexico where he went on developing his own research in the local museums and Mayan archaeological sites.

In late 1971 he arrived in Italy where he enrolled at the Accademia di Belle Arti under the guidance of the sculptor Francesco Messina, then moved onto Florence to work with Professor Oscar Gallo and finally to Rome’s Accademia di Belle Arti under Emilio Greco.  In 1973 he moved to Carrara with the intention to make contact with the world of marble.  He enrolled at the local Accademia de Belle Arti and finished his academic studies with Professor Tico.  He exhibited for the first time in Italy in 1973 in the room reserved for foreign artists at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence.

Since then and with a career spanning over 30 years, Yoshin Ogata has held regular solo exhibitions internationally, won first prizes in numerous monumental sculpture awards including the Beijing Olympic Sculpture Park.  His works can be found in many important international private and public collections.  He has participated in many international symposia.

More information:  www.yoshinogata.com

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