ITO Hirotoshi’s work is unique, provocative, and whimsical. Every piece of his sculpture inevitably triggers a second look with surprise and smile. Using the common material such as stone, seashells, and zipper, Ito displays the remarkable skill and creates paradox and narratives with the mysterious object.
ITO is the 5th generation head of a family of stone masons in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, who have traditionally specialized in marble and granite funerary monuments. Not unlike his family tradition, Ito’s individual works are like time capsules, each capturing a fragile human moment.