Working with the traditional Japanese methods of hammer-raising and colour patination, Koichi aims to re-interpret and re-define these techniques through his work in modern times.
Born and raised in a metalsmith family, Koichi has found his own artistic identity. Hammer-raising itself is a basic method of metal forming with 4000 years of history, but he applies the process to form the interior and exterior at the same time, with each work formed from a single sheet of metal.
Working in Tokyo, Japan
2005-2009 Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan, BA Fine Art
2010-2012 College of Fine Art, Seoul National University, Korea, MA Study
Koichi Io has work in the following Public Collections:
The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Cheongju Museum of Art, South Korea