Born in 1956 in Toyama Prefecture, Japan
1980 Graduated from Kanazawa University of Arts and Crafts, Department of Metalwork
Koji Hatakeyama was born and grew up in Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture, renowned for metal casting. He makes unpretentious cast bronze brilliantly coloured articles, particularly lidded boxes, which he does not intend to be necessarily functional. He is more interested in the artistic and spiritual worth of a piece, in his words ‘every article I make should live’. He has exhibited widely in Japan and abroad and his work is in the permanent collections of The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, The Musée Tomo, Tokyo, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK, The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford, UK and The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA.