Kazuma Koike is a japanese sculptor and painter.
Born in 1980 in Chigasaki, he grew up between Japan, Spain and Argentina.
Influenced by this strong uprooting, being a stranger at a young age forged his imagination. Kazuma Koike disorients the observer of his work and makes wonder about the origin and timing of his achievements.
In seeking to confuse the essence of his work, he is strongly interested in the falsification or misinterpretation that unintentionally changes the purpose and meaning of things. The systematic repetition of the use of this black ceramic forces the harmony of Koike’s sculpture production by putting each of the works on the same plane and neutralize informations, as old sculptures whose colors and details have disappeared with time. The black clay and glaze leave no doubt about Koike attachment to traditional Japanese craftsmanship, but the origin of these subjects is more difficult to define: mythology, ancient gods, self-portraiture or internet meme. Kazuma Koike is interested in hybridization and crossbreeding, a likely legacy of Shinbutsu-Shugo, the reconciliation of Buddhism and Shintoism: between acceptance and syncretism. Koike says his interests are "the state where different elements coexist in harmony".
Creator of fictional ancient artifacts, he titles his work as an archaeologist would, using the material, the date of realization, here BZ210827, BZ for Bronze and 210827 for the date when the bronze was patinated.
Large crossbred bear cats with a generous and shiny black patina, whose edges are hand-brushed to magnify the bronze matter. The mischievous subject with an elusive look sticks out its tongue at the observer as if to play.
Many painters have drawn tigers in the Edo period but there was no tiger in Japan at that time. Amazing tiger paintings of this period were made with reference to chinese paintings, furs brought back and cats. This resulted in the drawing of very special tigers as imaginary creatures. « When I draw animals, I always try to make animals which do not exist. something in between animals and gods, maybe ».
BZ210827 probably originated somewhere between Osaka and Paris.
Kazuma Koike is graduated from Department of Sculpture, College of Art at Nihon University. In 2021, his work was exhibited at Omuro Museum in Mie. He is represented by Tezukayama Gallery in Osaka and AishoNanzuka in Hong Kong.