Biography

Yoichi Ohira (b. 1946, Tokyo, Japan) is known for his glassworks that represent a multicultural hybrid of Murano glass techniques and Japanese aesthetics. Upon graduating from the Kuwasawa Design School in Tokyo, Ohira began working as a glassblowing apprentice for the Kagami Crystal Company in Tokyo. The artist’s interest in glass sculpture brought him to Venice in 1973. There, he enrolled at the Accademia di Belle Arti and, upon graduating, began exhibiting his sculptures in numerous venues in Italy. In 1987, Ohira created an art glass collection for the de Majo glassworks of Murano and won the ‘Premio Selezione’ award. Ohira’s vibrant hand-blown glass vessels are textually intricate; the artist utilizes ‘inciso’ and ‘batuto’ finishing techniques to subtle abrasions on the surface of the glass. The forms within his glassworks are simultaneously aqueous, gemlike, and marbled. Ohira’s work has been acquired by several major institutions including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, among others. 

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