Hometown: Iiyama, Nagano
Lives and Works: Kamogawa, Chiba
Ueno Masao graduated from the Shibaura Institute of Technology with a degree in architecture and studied bamboo with Honma Kazuaki. Since the 1980s, he hasexhibited worldwide, installing outdoor pieces at the Grizedale Sculpture Park in England and the University of Zurich's museum park. In 1991, his work was included in "The 20th Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan" at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art and Kyoto City Museum of Art. His work is part of the Ruth and Sherman Lee Institute collection.
The artist picks madake bamboo in the mountains of Japan, dyes and lacquers the material, and finishes with gold leaf and gold powder, a technique he adapted from traditional wood artists. Tinged in gold, his pieces transform with shifts in light. Many of his ideas are formulated using computer-assisted design software.