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Sadao Takahashi

1940: Born and lives in Omachi, Nagano, Japan.
With beautiful mountains as a background, he produces wood carvings with a rustic design and texture with his tools and the gnarled fingers typical of the Shinshu people. Carvings with colored powder and gold leaf layered on the lacquer express a state of mind with powerful, but delicately poetical imagination. After studying at the New Japan Agricultural Art Institute, Sadao contributed not only to his own creative activities, but also to the guidance of a new generation and artistic development in the region.

1963: Woodcraft “Azumino Studio” established in Omachi, Japan.
1975: 7th Japan Fine Arts Exhibition, First Selection
1982: Wins “Contemporary Crafts Prize” at the Japan Contemporary Arts and Crafts Exhibition
1999: Inaugurated as Director of the Japan Contemporary Arts and Crafts Association
2002: Kyoto, Kiyomizu Temple Wood Carved Screen “Evening Glow on Kin’unkei”
2009: Inaugurated as Councilor of the Japan Fine Arts Exhibition, and in the same year wins the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Award at the Japan Contemporary Arts and Crafts Exhibition.


Reference: “Forest Ranger”, 2013


Reference: “Time Passes across the Moon”, 2012


Reference: “Auspicious Sign of Heaven & Earth”, 2010