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KYOJI NAGATANI

Tokyo, 1950

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Born in Tokyo (Japan) in 1950. He graduated at the Zoukei Arts University in Tokyo and was awarded with a degree from the Research Institute of the State University for the arts in Tokyo, Craftsmanship course. In 1976 he graduated in bronze casting at the Tokyo University for the Arts. After that, he won a scholarship from the Italian Government in 1981, and in 1984 he graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera under the tutorship of Prof. Manfrini and Alik Cavaliere. Nagatani's artworks soon gained international resonance and became part of many private collections. In 2009 he won the Award of the Arts (sculpture sector) of the Circolo della Stampa in Milan - Associazione Culturale Indro Montanelli. Living and working between Italy and Japan, the sculptor creates important monumental works, such as the Monument for the Hachioji Municipal Theater in Tokyo, “Sedia del Vento” for the Open Air Museum of Utsukushigahara in Nagano, “Porta del Vento” for the Hakone Open Air Museum of Sculpture, and three monuments for the Yoshikawa City Public Gardens (Saitama), including “Il Seme del Vento” and “Arco del Vento”. Among the artworks created in Italy we remember the imposing and evocative “Porta della memoria” (2009) in Chiesa in Valmalenco, Sondrio, “Seme” (2012) for the Bergamo Building School in Seriate (BG), “Trono del silenzio” (1998) in Pioltello (MI) and the sculpture “Viaggiatore del Tempo” (2008) at Voghera Airport. He lives and works between Milan and Tokyo.