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