Kazuhiko Sano was truly a virtuoso illustrator. He used materials in ways that seemed radical and effortless, but his technical skill in acrylics was based on extensive tests and experiments to explore the outer edge of the capabilities of each color and medium. He used found objects as masks and stamps. He would use anything that might give him a way to make a mark that was unique- sponges, brooms, leaves- and of course, brushes. He kept his studio at a temperature that felt freezing cold (and in fact bought a house that stood in perpetual shade) because he could do more with acrylics in a cold room. The results were both widely varied and remarkably consistent. Kazu was an artist whose work defies classification.
I have had the good fortune to know many great artists, but I never have met anyone like Kazu. His dedication to his work was total and absolute. Humanity, intelligence, and love are infused into every piece he did. Knowing him was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I feel privileged to help in a small way to bring his work to the public once again. Over the years, we had six two-man shows together. This show is for Kazu alone.
Kazu left behind hundreds of incredible artworks. His family has chosen the work for this show. A portion of sales will benefit the Kazuhiko Sano Memorial Scholarship fund, given each year as part of the Society of Illustrators student show.
Opening reception April 12 2014 6-10 PM at Arte Verissima Gallery 4432 Piedmont Ave Oakland Ca
A complete catalog will be available for purchase. The work in this article is only a portion of the work which will be in the exhibit.
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Please come to the opening. You will see work the likes of which you may never see again.
Special thanks to:
Chisako, Yukie and Yutaro Sano