1987 Born in Tokyo
2009 BA, Musashino Art University, Tokyo
Koichi Io was born into a traditional metal making family, both his Grandfather and his Father are renowned metal artists. Apart from learning from his father he has just finished further studies in Seoul, Korea. He makes simple hammer raised vessels in copper, kuromido and shakudo. In 2009 he won the Merit Award “6th Cheongiu International Craft Competition” and in 2014 the V & A Museum purchased their first piece from him. In 2018 he won the Bayerische Staatspreis in Munich for special design and technical achievements in his craft.
Koichi Io is a finalist in this years LOEWE Craft Prize. All shortlisted work will be displayed at the Sogetsu Kaikan in Tokyo, from 26 June to 22 July 2019.