Kazuo Kadonaga was born in 1946 in Ishikawa, Japan; his family owned a cedar forest and lumber mill.
Originally trained as a painter, Kadonaga soon turned to sculpture finding inspiration in the wood his family had husbanded for many years. Remaining close to the natural world, Kadonaga also works in handmade paper, silk, and poured glass.
Like many artists of his generation, he was influenced by the Gutai, or “concrete” movement of the 1950s in Japan which had an affinity for the Western movements of Fluxus and performance art.
Throughout my career as an artist I have been more interested in exploring the inherent qualities of raw materials found in everyday life and developing systems that transform these materials into new forms naturally rather than self-consciously creating beautiful art objects.
In my works in glass I want to unleash the inherent characteristics of the material and enable forms to take shape freely without any preconceived notions of art.