Untitled Dango 2

Glazed Ceramics
1O2.5 in. h. x 45 in. w. x 18.75 in.d
About the Artist: Jun Kaneko

Jun Kaneko is known for pioneering the field of monumental ceramic sculpture. Throughout his artistic career, Kaneko has played with scale and proportion. Over time, these elements of context and scale have become ever more present in his work. The artist’s personal Eastern and Western identities balance elements of Kaneko’s American and Japanese aesthetics. His figures have essential meditative and reflective qualities that are rooted in Japanese culture and mythology. It is his large-scale – “monumental” when recognizing that the medium is clay – public work that departs from the American modern tradition. This transcultural heritage functions as a universal language for all audiences and is evidenced throughout his work.

Jun Kaneko was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan in 1942. He immigrated to the U.S. in1963 to study at the Chouinard Institute of Art in Los Angeles. He was drawn to the world of ceramics and joined what later came to be known as the Contemporary Ceramics Movement. His technical skills and tendency to push artistic boundaries have led to extraordinary public art successes, as well as break throughs in set and architectural design. He has taught extensively throughout the U.S., and his work is featured in more than 70 museum collections. He has stage designed three operas since 2003 – including Mozartʼs The Magic Flute, Pucciniʼs Madama Butterfly and Beethoven’s Fidelio. Jun Kaneko has lived and worked in Omaha, Nebraska with his wife, Ree Kaneko, since 1986.