Shingo Muramoto was born in Ishikawa, Japan, in 1970. He lives and works in Saga City and is an Associate Professor at the Saga University in Kyushu. He obtained his MFA at the Tokyo University of the Arts in 1997.
Usually, lacquer works seem to be very solid, but Muramoto wants to create light forms that might appear to be moved by the wind. To express this feeling of lightness, he has developed a stretching fabric technique over bowed twigs.
Muramoto is also very interested in coexistence in nature, like the relationship between insects and plants. Nature reminds him of the importance of each different material in his work. The forms evolve from the relationship between the various materials. For example, the bowed twigs create movement; the fabric stretched over them creates the curved surface; then, the lacquer coated on the surface finalises the forms. And this is his goal: to make exciting forms through each of these three components' relationships.
He received the 2017 Craft Association President's Award of The 73rd Kanazawa Craft Exhibition and the 2018 Hokkoku Shimbun President's Award of The 74th Kanazawa Craft Exhibition, Ishikawa. Muramoto's artworks have been collected by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Minneapolis Institute of Arts in the USA, Design Centre Ishikawa, Kanazawa Utatsuyama Kogei Kobo and Mishima Taisha Shrine, Shizuoka in Japan.