Japanese, born in 1953 in Shimonoseki
Lives and works in Kyoto, Japan
In the 80’s, breaking with the traditional teaching he followed at Kyoto City University of Arts, Akiyama developed his own making process as an intuitive collaboration with the matter earth. Instead of attempting to tame and control the clay, Akiyama becomes one with it to reveal its tensions, its inner forces and weaknesses. His pieces are earthy and geologic; and they bare a reminiscent violence of plates tectonic.
The strong presence of Akiyama’s pieces is reinforced by his use of metal oxydes that patinates the stoneware with a rusty skin and a dull luster. By giving the chance to see between the cracks and to peek through the layers underneath, Akiyama generates the temptation to touch and feel that matter that looks still in motion, loose et friable, that could crumble or collapse. It is a physical work that engages the viewer in the tracks of the maker.
The work of Yo Akiyama is included in the colletions of the V&A Museum in London, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston amongst others.