Born in Kiryu, Japan in 1977, Yoshihiko Murata obtained his B.F.A. in Kanazawa College of Art in 2001 and completed his training in Kanazawa Utatsuyama Craft Workshop in 2005.
Murata’s work relies heavily on the external play of light that creates silhouettes which continue his forms and flow indistinguishably from the sculptural pieces themselves. This engaging illusion teases one’s perception of where the black lacquer ends and the shadow begins.
He applies more than 20 coats of lacquer, each coat of which is polished, requiring several months to complete a single piece. It was his satisfactory mastery of lacquering that led him to develop his recent lyrical Silhouette Series whose lines twist and turn, swell and fade, like the sounds from a musical instrument.
Murata has exhibited extensively both in his native Japan and oversea countries such as Italy, Germany and US. Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minnesota,US acquired his work.