Sako Ryuhei Japanese, b. 1976

Sako Ryuhei (b. 1976), born in Okayama Prefecture, graduated from Hiroshima City University in the Department of Design and Applied Arts in 1999, and then earned his master's degree in 2002 from the same institution. Sako Ryuhei creates pieces using Mokume-gane, a Japanese metal technique dating back to the 17th century. First, very thin different colored alloyed metal sheets are layered and bonded. Then the layers are cut into, or drilled, and reworked. Achieving a successful lamination takes a very skilled artist, and although his work is based on research and experimentation using this tradition process, he manages to create very contemporary pieces. In 2004, he became a member of the Nihon Kōgeikai (Japanese Handcrafts Association) and in 2013, during his first exhibition outside Japan, the Victoria and Albert Museum purchased one of his pieces for their public collection.


Selected Exhibitions

2017-2018 Asia Week, New York, US

2017 The 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition, Japan

2016–2018 PAD London, UK

2016 The 45th Japan Traditional Kōgei Metalwork Exhibition, Sekido Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan

2013-2015 Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK2014Solo Exhibition, Mitsukoshi Nihombashi, Tokyo, Japan

2013 Solo Exhibition, Karuizawa New Art Museum Gallery, Nagano, Japan


Selected Public Collection

Metropolitan Museum of Art | New York 

Hiroshima City University | Hiroshima, Japan

Machiko Hasegawa Art Museum | Tokyo, Japan

Victoria and Albert Museum | London, UK