Yo Akiyama



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25,5 x 58 x 47,5 cm
9.84 x 22.83 x 18.5 in

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25,5 x 58 x 47,5 cm
9.84 x 22.83 x 18.5 in

Untitled MV-212, 2021
Untitled MV-212, 2021
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25,5 x 58 x 47,5 cm
9.84 x 22.83 x 18.5 in

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37 x 53 x 45 cm
14.57 x 20.87 x 17.72 in

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37 x 53 x 45 cm
14.57 x 20.87 x 17.72 in

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Untitled MV-211, 2021
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37 x 53 x 45 cm
14.57 x 20.87 x 17.72 in

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32 x 56 x 48 cm
12.6 x 22.05 x 18.9 in

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32 x 56 x 48 cm
12.6 x 22.05 x 18.9 in

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Untitled MV-213, 2021
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32 x 56 x 48 cm
12.6 x 22.05 x 18.9 in

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33 x 65 x 34 cm
12.99 x 25.59 x 13.39 in

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33 x 65 x 34 cm
12.99 x 25.59 x 13.39 in

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33 x 65 x 34 cm
12.99 x 25.59 x 13.39 in

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31,5 x 52 x 48 cm
12.2 x 20.47 x 18.9 in

Untitled MV-214, 2021
Untitled MV-214, 2021
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31,5 x 52 x 48 cm
12.2 x 20.47 x 18.9 in

Untitled MV-214, 2021
Untitled MV-214, 2021
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31,5 x 52 x 48 cm
12.2 x 20.47 x 18.9 in

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Untitled T-218, 2021
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44,5 x 53 x 34 cm
17.32 x 20.87 x 13.39 in

Untitled T-218, 2021
Untitled T-218, 2021
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44,5 x 53 x 34 cm
17.32 x 20.87 x 13.39 in

Untitled T-218, 2021
Untitled T-218, 2021
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44,5 x 53 x 34 cm
17.32 x 20.87 x 13.39 in

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33,5 x 36,5 x 40 cm
12.99 x 14.17 x 15.75 in

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25,5 x 57 x 32,5 cm
9.84 x 22.44 x 12.6 in

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25,5 x 57 x 32,5 cm
9.84 x 22.44 x 12.6 in

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30 x 39 x 36 cm
11.81 x 15.35 x 14.17 in

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30 x 39 x 36 cm
11.81 x 15.35 x 14.17 in

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19,5 x 35 x 28 cm
7.48 x 13.78 x 11.02 in

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19,5 x 35 x 28 cm
7.48 x 13.78 x 11.02 in

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19 x 37 x 33 cm
7.48 x 14.57 x 12.99 in

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19 x 37 x 33 cm
7.48 x 14.57 x 12.99 in

Untitled T-219, 2021
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27,5 x 45 x 28 cm
10.63 x 17.72 x 11.02 in

Untitled T-219, 2021
Untitled T-219, 2021
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27,5 x 45 x 28 cm
10.63 x 17.72 x 11.02 in

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28,5 x 36 x 41 cm
11.02 x 14.17 x 16.14 in

Untitled T-2110, 2021
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28,5 x 36 x 41 cm
11.02 x 14.17 x 16.14 in

Hexahedron S-211, 2021
Hexahedron S-211, 2021
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27 x 24 x 26 cm
10.63 x 9.45 x 10.24 in

Hexahedron S-211, 2021
Hexahedron S-211, 2021
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27 x 24 x 26 cm
10.63 x 9.45 x 10.24 in

Hexahedron S-212, 2021
Hexahedron S-212, 2021
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26 x 26 x 26 cm
10.24 x 10.24 x 10.24 in

Hexahedron S-212, 2021
Hexahedron S-212, 2021
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26 x 26 x 26 cm
10.24 x 10.24 x 10.24 in

Pentahedron S-211, 2021
Pentahedron S-211, 2021
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17 x 24 x 19 cm
6.69 x 9.45 x 7.48 in

Pentahedron S-211, 2021
Pentahedron S-211, 2021
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17 x 24 x 19 cm
6.69 x 9.45 x 7.48 in

Pentahedron S-212, 2021
Pentahedron S-212, 2021
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16 x 25 x 18 cm
6.3 x 9.84 x 7.09 in

Pentahedron S-212, 2021
Pentahedron S-212, 2021
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16 x 25 x 18 cm
6.3 x 9.84 x 7.09 in




Japanese, born in 1953 in Shimonoseki
Lives and works in Kyoto, Japan


Breaking with the traditional teaching he followed at Kyoto City University of Arts, in the 1980s Yo Akiyama developed his own making process as an intuitive collaboration with earth. Attempting to tame and control clay, Akiyama works in a way that allows the material to reveal its own tensions, its inner forces and weaknesses. This approach reveals the influence of the primitivist Japanese ceramics of the 1950s. Akiyama's ceramics are earthy and geologic; they bare a reminiscent violence of the Earth's tectonic plates. The strong presence of these works is reinforced by  Akiyama's use of metal oxides that pattern the stoneware with a rusty skin and a dull lustre. By allowing the viewer to see between the cracks and peek through the layers underneath, Akiyama generates a temptation to touch and feel this matter that looks as it were still in motion, loose and brittle, that could crumble or collapse. This physical work engages the viewer in the tracks of the maker.


In 2010, Akiyama was awarded the MOA "Okada Mokichi Award" one of the most prestigious art awards in Japan.

The work of Yo Akiyama is included in the collections of the V&A Museum, London; the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; amongst others.