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Dutch, 20th century, female.

Born 1931, in Indonesia.

Sculptor, potter.

Lies Cosijn lived and worked in Amsterdam, where she was a pupil at the school of applied arts. She began exhibiting in 1957, notably at the Institut Néerlandais in Paris in 1958, in Amsterdam in ...


Richard Cork

English painter, designer, ceramicist and sculptor. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art between 1899 and 1903, where Wyndham Lewis was a fellow student, and then taught art at Clifton College (1907–10). It seems that Hamilton was in sympathy with avant-garde developments since he was involved ...


Mitsuhiko Hasebe

Japanese potter, calligrapher and medallist. At an early age he taught himself seal-carving and calligraphy, for which he won a prize in 1904; soon after he became a commercial calligrapher and medallist. In 1915 he had his first experience of decorating pottery at a kiln in the district of Hokuriku. In ...


Japanese, 20th century, male.

Active in the USA since 1965.

Born 1931, in Okayama Prefecture.

Print artist, sculptor.

Yasuhide Kobashi graduated from the ceramics department of Kyoto Art School in 1955, but had already started to paint and make woodcuts. He won the 1954 Newcomer’s Prize at the National Painting Academy’s exhibition and would win it again in ...



Gordon Campbell

Literally a Barbary ape, but used in a transferred sense to denote a grotesque Chinese or Japanese figurine (typically in porcelain or ivory) represented in a sitting position.

S. Situ: Le magot de Chine: Ou Trésor du symbolisme chinois: A la recherche du symbolisme dans les motifs de ‘chinoiseries’...


Japanese, 20th century, female.

Born 1934, in Tokyo.

Sculptor, ceramicist.

Mizutani studied at the university of fine arts in Tokyo. From 1951 to 1956 she benefited from a grant to study in the USA, and she continued her education at the Art Students’ League in New York ...


Japanese, 20th century, female.

Active in Switzerland and France.

Born 1941, in Kyoto.

Sculptor, ceramicist.

After studying at the fine arts university in Kyoto, Nagasawa Setsuko finished her training in Switzerland and then settled in France. Since then, she has divided her time between working in her studio in Paris and teaching at the École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués in Geneva....


Israeli, 20th century, female.

Born 1942, in Tel Aviv.

Sculptor (terracotta). Figures. Groups.

Nili Pincas was first interested in painting and weaving. Then in the 1950s she met and married Moreno Pincas, developed an interest in modelling, and went to the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris to develop her knowledge of fine arts. Her work draws its inspiration from traditional popular ceramics, with which she is thoroughly familiar and yet which she alters slightly, mixing dream and reality. The rich colours and harmonious calm of her slip-decorated and enamelled terracotta figures somehow recall ancient Egypt, drawing together the imaginary and the most familiar scenes. Her small-scale world (her figures are never taller than 50 cm) breathes calm and simplicity, sometimes tempered with a peaceful strangeness, as in works such as: ...


Japanese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Germany.

Born 1946.


Yuji Takeoka lives and works in Düsseldorf. His sculptures are pedestals but without sculptures mounted on them, parallelepipeds in terracotta or aggregate. They evoke minimal art but lack its characteristic coldness. He shows his work in solo exhibitions. Among his past shows are: ...


Chinese, 20th century, male.

Born 1942, in Taiwan.

Painter, sculptor, ceramicist. Figures, portraits.

A-Sun Wu trained at the National Taiwan Normal University and completed his studies at the Real Academia in Madrid. He has lived in Spain, the USA, various African countries, the Amazon valley in Brazil and the South Pacific. Wu succeeded in stepping outside the conventional (and in his view over-restrictive) rules of Taiwanese artistic tradition and its confrontation with the West. His work, executed rapidly, used to feature figures touched by Expressionism, deformation and primitivist schematisation, but starting in the 1980s he undertook a series of paintings and sculptures that took his art further. Under the influence of the tribal culture of the Pacific islands, he painted figures or heads, but his palette became somewhat simpler, now consisting of white, black and red. His work, which tends towards the decorative, became increasingly imbued with a symbolic approach to the world. He took part in the 10th, 11th and 12th São Paulo Biennales (...


Japanese, 20th century, male.

Born 1918; died 1979, in Kyoto.

Sculptor, ceramicist.

Yagi Katsuo took up sculpture and subsequently studied at the school of applied arts in Kyoto. He began his career as a professional draughtsman, but in 1952 he gave up his professional career and devoted himself to pottery, founding the Association of Contemporary Art. He took part in group exhi­bitions, with this group in particular, introducing pottery into the arena of mainstream art forms. In ...


Chinese, 8th century, male.

Active in Chang’an during the Tang dynasty in the first half of the 8th century.

Painter, sculptor. Murals.

Yang Huizhi sculpted clay landscapes and Buddhist figures, and painted frescoes.


Iranian, 20th century, male.

Active in France since 1961.

Born 1937, in Tehran.

Painter, sculptor, potter, illustrator. Designs for tapestries, murals.

Hossein Zenderoudi studied at the school of fine arts in Tehran, and a scholarship enabled him to visit Yugoslavia. He lives and works in Paris....