Artists

Yasuhiro Asai was born in Tottori Prefecture (west coast of Japan) in 1983. His first fascination for lacquer crafts started in high school. In 2004 he graduated from University of Toyama Takaoka National College majoring lacquer techniques in the lacquer craft course. After graduating in 2005, he began his studies under Murose Kazumi who is a holder of Important Intangible Cultural Property of Japan, in order to master the lacquer craft. In 2015 he was awarded with the Commissioner Award of the Agency for Cultural Affairs during the 32nd Traditional Japanese Lacquer Exhibition.

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Born in Tottori, japan in 1983
Lives and works in Kyoto, Japan

Presently, member of Lacquerware Historical Society, Japan Cultural Property Presently, Lacquer Association and Japan Crafts Association

【Education】
2004 Graduated from University of Toyama Takaoka National College majoring lacquer techniques in the lacquer craft course
【Selected Solo Exhibitions】
2019 Yasuhiro Asai (SEIZAN GALLERY TOKYO 凸, Tokyo)
2017 Hikari wo Meguru (Seibu Ikebukuro, Tokyo)
【Selected Group Exhibitions】
2019 Our Collections!: Tottori-ken no Art Collection no Koremade to Korekara (Tottori Prefectural Museum, Tottori)
Bi no Yokan 2019: ∞directions (Nihonbashi Takashimaya, Tokyo; Osaka Takashimaya, Osaka; Kyoto Takashimaya, Kyoto; Nagoya Takashimaya, Aichi)
Development of Contemporary Japanese Arts & Crafts (Kanazawa Yasue Gold Leaf Museum, Ishikawa)
2018 Ambiente 2018 (Frankfurt Fair, Kyoto Zuihodo Booth, Frankfurt)
CRAFT SAKE WEEK (Roppongi Hills, Shukiya Booth, Tokyo)
Urushi no Genzai (Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo)
ART EXPO MALAYSIA 2018 (Gallery Hanakagesho Booth, Kuala Lumpur)
Urushi: Tradition and Innovation (Sogo Museum of Art, Kanagawa)
2015 Nicolai Bergmann × Dento Kogei (Traditional Crafts): Dento Kaden (Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo, Tokyo)
Urushi no Mirai (Azuminotakahashisetsuro Memorial Museum, Nagano)
【Awards】
2021 The Kyoto Shimbun Award at the 50th Japan Traditional Craft Kinki Regional Exhibition
2018 Energia Art Award at the 24th Energia Award
2017 Honorable mention for the 59th East Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition
2015 Commissioner Award of the Agency for Cultural Affairs at the 32nd Traditional Japanese Lacquer Exhibition
2012 Honorable mention for the Traditional Japanese Crafts Chugoku Branch Exhibition
Rookie of the Year award at the 59th Japan Traditional Craft Exhibition
2008 Governor’s Award at the Traditional Japanese Crafts Chugoku Branch Exhibition
2005 Honorable mention for the Tottori Prefecture Art Exhibition (continued until 2008)
2004 Yokoyama Award at the University of Toyama Takaoka National College
2002 Lacquerware Scholarship Award at the Japan Lacquer Engineering Association