Kenjirō Azuma

 b. 12 March 1926 in Yamagata (J); Japanese sculptor, lives and works in Milan, Italy.

Azuma is among the foremost exponents of Japanese sculpture after the Second World War.         


1949-1954Studied sculpture at the Tokyo University of the Arts. Azuma was given the opportunity to take a two-year master's course during which he studied Italian sculptors such as Emilio Greco, Pericle Fazzini, Luciano Minguzzi, Giacomo Manzù and especially Marino Marini.

Assistant professor at the University. However, he soon decided to move to Italy. He was awarded a state scholarship and began studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. There, he studied under Marino Marini, who held the post of professor of sculpture, ultimately becoming his assistant.

1958First solo exhibition near Marukyū in Yamagata
1961First solo exhibition in Europe at the Minima Galleria in Milan

Participation in the exhibition "Arte e Contemplazione" in the Palazzo Grassi in Venice

1963 Tōkyō-Kokuritsu-Bijutsukan Award (National Museum of Modern Art Award)
1960sSeveral solo exhibitions in Italy, Germany and Switzerland. He also took part in annual exhibitions of the work of Japanese artists in Tokyo
1964Invitation to documenta III in Kassel
1970s Numerous solo exhibitions in Japan (Tokyo, Yamagata and Ōsaka in 1974), the Netherlands and Italy (Milan: Galleria Stendhal in 1975 and 1979), in Yugoslavia (Aranđelovac and Belgrade in 1976), and in the Villa Reale in Monza in 1979
1970 Participation in Expo 70 in Ōsaka and in "Art japonaise d'Aujourd'hui" at the Musée Cernuschi in Paris
1971-1973Participation in numerous exhibitions in Japan and in the late 70s and 80s in many European countries
1971St. Margarethen Sculpture Symposium
1980-1990Professorship at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan
1986-1991Teaching post at the Salzburg International Summer Academy
1989 Retrospective in five Japanese museums - Kamakura, Kōfu, Sendai, Tokyo and Ōsaka
1993Appointment to the Accademia di San Luca in Rome
1995Awarded the "Medal on a Purple Ribbon" for culture, received a second award from the Tennō in 2001
1999Visiting professor at the University of Art, Tokyo