Motohiko Odani is a well known contemporary Japanese sculptor whose imaginative, elegant, yet unsettling works leave the viewer breathless.
“Right now I have this strong Futurist interest in how to capture the concepts of movement and transformation, dynamism and speed in sculpture” Odani said. He also stated that he hopes to “give form to what the eyes cannot see…the phantoms that are hidden inside us,” his work (as if by a process of transference) is full of unsettling sensations: unsettling because they feel contradictory. With his stunning creations Motohiko Odani is reaching at the ever-important themes of death, love, national identity and the ethereal spiritual side of life, through abstract concepts characterized by his own unique personal style.
Motohiko Odani, born 1972 in Kyoto, he studied music and sculpture and received his Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. His unique style has won this artist acclaim both in Japan and abroad, he has presented countless solo exhibitions worldwide in important sites such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Ian Potter Museum of Art (Melbourne), the Asian Art Museum (San Francisco) , the National Museum of Contemporary Art (Korea, Seoul), the Bangkok Art and Culture Center (Thailand, the Museu de Arte Moderna De Sao Paulo (Brazil) and many more. In 2003 he was selected as one of the artists to represent Japan at the Venice Biennale.
Motohiko Odani is a name one will inevitably come cross if he starts exploring contemporary Japanese sculptures. When museums and art galleries around the world try to showcase the best of contemporary Japanese artists, he is a very popular choice. His most recent exhibition was entitled Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past and was on display at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, California through September 2, 2012.
For additional information visit Motohiko Odani’s official website.