Born in Saga in Japan, Yasuhito graduated from Kanazawa Art University in 2010 with a Master of Art Degree in Casting. Using the technique of casting that he continued to hone through the years as an artist, he is known for his trademark sculptures of innocent looking children.
For the artist, these characters are self-portraits, whether direct caricature renditions of himself or of other people and sometimes animals. In his perspective, one subconsciously sees others as extensions or semblances of the self. Many Yasuhito’s self-portraits are influenced by family members, whom he spends the most time with
In his works, the inner character and emotions are as important, if not more than the external form. The expressions of the characters, colours, textures and the settings that he creates for each piece seem to narrate their inner thoughts and various states of emotions, each telling their own intriguing story.
Ever since we are born, at home, we are spending lots of time with people with similar faces as our own like parents, brothers, sisters, and relatives. That's why I think that a face that I recognise, and the feature of that face, is infinitely similar to myself. For example, in some cases, we think the face of pet dog resembles its owner’s, or the faces of a married couple resemble each other. I think it is a phenomenon that the feature of a face you recognize looks like your face, and you subconsciously choose the one with the same face or a similar one.
The portraits that I create in my artwork look like me because, in a subconscious manner, I select that person, I don’t imagine a specific person. I call it a self-portrait. And whether it's a figure of a man or a woman, I call it a self-portrait regardless of gender.
I got married about a year ago and started living as a married couple. I accept a person who is different from me, and every piece of my artwork is about what I can see and think from the smallest society of two people.