Yasushi Koyama

Sculptor
Residence: Helsinki

Contact information

Phone number: +358 44 314 5095

Artist’s Statement

My artworks are animal sculptures described “Cute, innocent and humorous”. Most of my works are made from one piece of wood by using hand chisels. The rich textures of wood sculpturing give people a warm impression.

My wood sculpture has the good mixture between traditional wood sculpturing and contemporary art expression.

I learnt traditional wood sculpturing in Japan, New Zealand, Transylvania and Finland. In Japan I learnt how to use Japanese chisels in Ainu village, Hokkaido. In New Zeland I learnt a traditional wood carving from Maori artist Eruera Ropiha. In Transylvania I learnt how to make a large wood sculpture from Székely artists. In Finland I learnt how to use an axe and other tools in school. All the artists & teachers cherished the traditional way of wood sculpturing mainly using axe and hand chisels.

In the contemporary art context my wood sculpture has the expression of cuteness and positive energy. Finnish painter Katja Tukiainen had an influence on my art for those expressions. And Finnish sculptor Kim Simonsson inspired me with innocence of cartoonish sculpture.

At the same time "Neo-pop art" represented by Japanese painter Yoshitomo Nara and Japanese culture Manga & Anime have had an influence on my art language of cuteness. In addition my experience of Japanese woodblock printmaking has taken effect on my colouring style using simple outlines.

In my artworks Finland meets Japan and Japan meets Finland. The cultural tie between Finland and Japan is constantly renewing even now in my artwork.
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Bio

I was born in Japan, studied law in Chuo University in Tokyo and worked for the bank. Then I changed my life.

I came to Finland to study art in 2007. I graduated from Saimaa University of Applied Sciences as a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in 2010 and as a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in 2016.

Now I am a sculptor, living and working in Helsinki.

I have had solo exhibitions in Galerie Pleiku Berlin, Galleria Becker, Auran Galleria, Galleria AARNI, MUU Kaapeli gallery, Annantalo, Galleria Jangva, Galleria Uusi Kipinä, Napa galleria etc.

I have also joined in group exhibitions in Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Traditional Arts & Crafts Kanazawa Japan, Mänttä Art Festival, Finnish institute Paris, Gumbostrand Konst & Form, Supermarket Art Fair Stockholm, Japan, Estonia, Korea, New Zealand and have joined in artist residences in Finland, Latvia, Romania etc.

I am a member of Finnish Sculptor's association, MUU artists association, Helsinki artist association, Finnish designers association Ornamo and Finnish copyrights association Kuvasto.