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Izumi Kato was born in 1969 in Shimane, Japan. A graduate of the Department of Oil Painting at Musashino University in 1992, he now lives and works between Tokyo and Hong Kong. Since the late 1990s, Kato has been creating an evolving dialogue with his otherworldly yet anthropomorphized works in diverse mediums. With painting as a departure point, the artist began to incorporate wood sculptures in 2003 and soft vinyl sculptures in 2012 into his practice. Kato’s stone sculpture series which began in 2016 and the latest fabric series since 2018, depict the intimate connections between self, others and nature.

In 2007, he was invited to the 52nd Venice Biennale International Exhibition, curated by Robert Storr. Kato's works have been exhibited in multiple prestigious museums and institutions, including Center Pompidou-Metz in France, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art  in Kanazawa, Japan, and the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Japan, among many others.

  • Size of acrylic charm: 3" x 1" / Chain length: 2"
  • Exclusive item for Hawai'i Triennial 2022
  • Hawai‘i Triennial 2022 Artist @ Bishop Museum

Hawai‘i Triennial 2022 (HT22) is framed around the fluid concept of Pacific Century - E Ho‘omau no Moananuiākea, interweaving themes of history, place, and identity within the context of Hawaiʻi’s unique location at the confluence of Asia-Pacific and Oceania.

HT22’s 43 artists and collectives feature over 60 participants including internationally renowned cultural figures exhibiting alongside multiple generations of Hawai‘i-based artists, as well as others making their U.S. institutional debut. The citywide exhibition will take place at: Bishop Museum, Foster Botanical Garden, Hawaii Theatre Center, Hawai‘i State Art Museum, Iolani Palace, Honolulu Museum of Art, and Royal Hawaiian Center. LEARN MORE