Satoru Hoshino (b. 1945) is a Japanese artist whose oeuvre includes large-scale installations that can fill entire rooms as well as more intimate objects that can be held in one’s hands. The hand is a visible and prominent element in his works, and when he uses glazes, he allows them to pool and drip rhythmically on the interior and exterior of the works. It is precisely this purposeful engagement of the hand and the material that makes the sculpture appealing, as the artist allows the process of forming and glazing to be his subject.
Satoru Hoshino was born in 1945 in the Niigata Prefecture, Japan and graduated from Ritsumeikan University in 1971. He experienced a turning point in his artistic practice in 1986, when a landslide destroyed his studio. While he had been working in clay for nearly 15 years before the devastation, this event changed his approach towards the medium. Arata Tani described Hoshino’s position regarding clay for Ceramics: Art and Perceptionwhen he wrote, “it is essential to understand that he does not treat clay simply as a material. His encounter with clay as a physical substance is more primal and fundamental.”
Satoru Hoshino has been awarded several prizes in his native country, and has lectured and demonstrated in workshops throughout the world. His work is represented in many private and museum collections.
Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, Japan; Auckland Museum, Auckland, New Zealand; Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece; Bertoran Museum, Chateauroux, France; Crafts Gallery, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan; Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York; Faenza National Pottery Museum, Italy; Kyoto City Museum, Kyoto, Japan; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Musee Ariana, Geneva, Switzerland; Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Japan; Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan; Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, Japan; National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan; Newcastle Art Gallery, Australia; Power House Museum, Sydney, Australia; Province Museum Modern Kunst, Oostende, Belgium; Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art, Alfred University, Alfred, New York; Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shigaraki, Japan; State Decorative Arts Institute, Switzerland; Takamatsu City Museum, Takamatsu, Japan; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England; Yamaguchi Prefecture Museum of Art, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan