Masaru Kashiwagi, Japanese Sculptor
I had the pleasure to meet Masaru while working for Storie di Chi,
http://storiedichi.com/ and I was blown away from his calm peaceful and artistic way of being.
Masaru left Japan to go to live in Venice in the 80's because "In Venice there are not cars, and silence is good for a sculptor".
Masaru works with copper and bronze, at the studio he shares with other tree Venetian artists, and he's always in good company of his Labrador dog, Tobby. He worked with other artist towards the project of the Japanese pavillion for the Venice Biennale in 1991, then carried on with own sculptures. He is very well known in his home country although lately he has been commissioned pieces from private clients in Italy as well.
"For thirty years I used this wire net to help shape the clay model to fill the void of my work" suddenly he decided to create something from the "void". Beautiful 3d sculptures of women, man and animals, some small and some natural size, surround him in his studio.
"Fisherman are patient, I guess I'm a bit like them.
I train of being patient out of necessity, I don't see other way I could achieve my goals."