Katsura Funakoshi
Japanese, born 1951
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions
Annely Juda Fine Art at Art Basel in Hong Kong 2018,
Annely Juda Fine Art
Aki Gallery at Art Taipei 2017,
Aki Gallery
The Power of Japanese Contemporary Sculpture,
Aki Gallery

Katsura Funakoshi makes whimsical, figurative sculptures that connect the physical and the metaphysical. Carved meticulously from camphor wood, his hybrid characters have delicately modeled skin, luminescent marble eyes, turquoise-tinted chests, and legs made of branches. At once human and surreal, Funakoshi’s figures are totems for the bond between mind and body. In recent works, garlands made of books, fruit, flying bodies, and floating hands extend from the shoulders and heads of the figures, embodying the direct representations of their dreams. In Funakoshi’s words, “When something happens, I can see lots of things which stand up from one’s shoulder just like an aurora and a rainbow, orbiting above one’s head, and sinking into the other side.”