Born in 1945 in Kagawa Prefecture
1968 Graduated from Tokai University, Department of Media Studies, Tokyo.
Kenji Io was born as the second son of metal artist Toshio Io and was trained in gold and silversmithing by his father along side his studies at university. He specialises in hammer raising, colouring, engraving and chasing with various metals. Recently he has been considering the challenge of adapting and proposing how Japanese traditional craft could be more appreciated in a contemporary lifestyle. At present he runs the Aoyama School of Jewellery and Metalsmithing and is a visiting lecturer at Musashino Art University in Tokyo.