Inspired by the colors and scenes of everyday life, Japanese artist and sculptor Koji Kasatani’s creates light-hearted ceramics that take joking around seriously.
The whimsical sculptor lives in a city of surfers 90 minutes from Tokyo and works mainly ceramics. Exhibited in prestigious galleries in Tokyo and Taiwan, he focuses his work on his obsession, the banana, which he represents as a human being, doing different activities of everyday life.
Following the tradition of creatives whose practice relies on incredible craftsmanship he pushes ceramics to its limits, focusing on the most minute details to create true-to-life depictions of everyday objects.
Back in 2014, he started working on his first banana-inspired pieces, an ongoing series that he was recently presenting at couple of group shows and art fairs in Japan. After experimenting with their natural appearance and playing with their size, shape, and flexibility, or simply using them as the building material for larger works, it was the idea of using the peel as human limbs characters that opened a whole new sphere of figurative surreal series of humorous yet poetic works.
When asked if there are objects that might be too challenging to recreate Koji said “My concerns are about the limitations of size, handling and display methods of ceramics. I have broken pieces during exhibitions many times.”
Koji Kasatani was born in 1964 in Tokyo and studied at the Accademia d’Arte in Florence, Italy, back in 2007. For more banana related art, check out the work by iSteef, who creates amazing art on real banana peels.