Hiroki Inoue

Yuki Inoue

Hiroki Inoue, a contemporary artist who creates sculptures and sculptures with salamanders as the main motif. The basic theme is "evolution", and the unique style of superimposing new materials on Japanese traditions and folklore is highly evaluated both at home and abroad.

Born in Hyogo prefecture, lives in Kanagawa prefecture
year 2000
Completed the sculpture major at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tama Art University

2005 "4th Buyuk Chekmeje International Sculpture Symposium" (Istanbul, Turkey)
Received the "Special Award" at the 20th Taro Okamoto Contemporary Art Award Exhibition.
The basic theme of my work is "evolution".
The creatures treated as motifs transform when a certain period of time comes in their lives, but at the moment when they cross the boundary, I feel hope and determination, and through them I can imagine the growth of human beings and the evolution of human beings. It is the source of creative activities.
I have been using stone since the beginning of my production, but in recent years I have shifted to chemical materials in search of more flexible modeling.
This change in material is not just a change in material, but a process of my own "evolution", an attempt to develop a newer one by superimposing traditions and folklore that have been passed down to the country of Japan. But also.
“Evolution” is the fundamental theme in my art.
The motifs for my work are living creatures that undergo metamorphosis at a certain time in their lives.
I feel a sense of hope and determination at that very instance when these creatures take a leap and cross the borderline of transformation.
Through this, I muse on how humanity grows and evolves. This has been my creative drive.
I previously carved stone in my earlier works, but have moved on to synthetic materials in recent years in my search of a more malleable form.
This was not just a change in materials; rather, it was a part of my own “evolution.”
I also consider this a challenge to push my artistic boundaries, as I fuse modern-day materials with traditions and practices that have been handed down for generations in Japan.