Kodera Yoshikazu

  • Born 1957 in Aichi, Japan.
  • Based in Aichi, Japan.

Kodera Yoshikazu has been creating ceramic art for almost forty years while living in a welfare institution. He started his long-running series of bomb-shaped works after being deeply shocked by war news footage. His Bakudan (“Bombs”) series are remarkable for conveying an attitude of bold humor rather than mere dread. The pieces feature holes and bumps that make them look akin to tree roots or marine lifeforms. Kodera Yoshikazu participated in each edition of Inochi no Geijutsu Fleur (“Art of Life Fleur”) (1999 - 2008; Aichi, Japan), an annual exhibition organized by the NPO Fleur. In 2016 and 2017, he won the Nagoya City Welfare Associationʼs Chairman Award of the open call exhibition Fureai Art Exhibition (2008‒; Aichi, Japan), hosted by the Aichi Prefecture Assisted Living Association, and the Grand Prize in 2018. His works have been repeatedly selected for the Aichi Art Brut Superior Works exhibition (2014‒; Japan).

  • Bakudan (“Bombs”), Production year unknown
  • Photo: Kido Tamotsu