Né en 1955

Designer jin morigami

ne of the most artistically gifted of the younger generation of Japanese bamboo artists, Morigami’s parents are both bamboo artisans who work commercially. He enrolled at the Beppu Occupational School in 1979 he already had a solid foundation in bamboo.

His graduation was fortuitously timed. The Japanese economy was strong and his gentle, delicate designs had broad appeal for decorating modern apartments. For a time, he had so many department store orders that he employed several young assistants. A fine designer and craftsman, Morigami is credited with introducing a new style of bamboo basketry to the Beppu market.

As a young artist he submitted his work to Nitten, the Japan Fine Arts Association, in a highly unusual process, was accepted without having to advance through the interim stages. The resentment that ensued from more senior artists contributed to his decision to end his involvement with Japan’s public exhibition system for many years.

By the time his work was introduced to collectors in the United States, he was so consumed with earning a living for his family that he had given up creating new artwork. Today, Western interest has breathed new life into his career. Since 2005, when his work was again accepted in Nitten, the artist has enjoyed renewed success in Japan and abroad. He is working on a series of topography-themed sculpture made in a style of hexagonal plaiting that is a radical departure from the traditional.

Morigami’s pieces are part of collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum, and the Museum of Art and Design in New York City. In 2004, he was a finalist for the prestigious Cotsen Prize.



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