Kazuhisa Kusaba Profile
TOSAIGA ARTIST KAZUHISA KUSABA
In 1960, Kazuhisa was born in Saga prefecture, Kyushu.
Ever since he was a small child, he was always curious about animals and the nature around him, how “INOCHI(life)” goes on.
In 1987, Kazuhisa wanted to express “INOCHI(life)” thru Arita pottery, due to Arita pottery was from Saga, where he was born and raised. He traveled and went to meet many of the Arita pottery artists and told them his story, but all of them said that it was impossible… Except the last artist Kazuhisa met. Yuki Hayama. Yuji thought what Kazuhisa has in mind was incredible and he took him in his studio. This was the start of Kazuhisa’s TOSAIGA.
In 1990, after 3 years of studying and experimenting, Kazuhisa discovered the brand new style of ARITA POTTERY.
Only 3 to 4 times of baking was able in Arita pottery until this day. But the Kazuhisa style, more than 10 times of painting and baking became possible.
This year, Kazuhisa opened his own studio “Imagine” in Takeo city in Saga, and started creating his Tosaiga works.
In 1991, Kazuhisa opened the gallery for the first time at Hakata Zenniku Hotel. He also created the most biggest piece of TOSAIGA painting which was 20meters long for Yamauchi chuo Park
In 1992 Kazuhisa traveled India to study the origin of Buddhism Art
After coming back, he opened the galleries in Tokyo, Kobe, Hiroshima nad Fukuoka.
In 1993, he put up his work at the international arts and crafts gallery
Became the cover of Toshihiko Yayama’ s “Kino Ningengaku”.
!n 1995, the relationship with Chinese★ started.
NHK’s HONOU TO IKIRU interviewed Kazuhisa Kusaba.
In 1996, “I remember you” became the poster for the movie “NINGEN NO TSUBASA”
Put his work up in World FIRE EXPO
In 1997, he put up his work in Asia arts and crafts gallery
In 1998, Kazuhisa went to China to see the ●●
And went to meet the master at○○
In 2000, Kazhuhisa started a column for Saga newspaper.
In 2001, “MIZUNOBASATSU” was put up on the wall of Seatle Mariners’ training room.
In 2002, “RYUGU NO TSUKAI” was released in Okinawa, Hiroshima, Sasebo and Fukuoka.
In 2003, “IMAGINE BLUE” Kazuhisa Kusaba Yayoi gallery opened in Kumamoto, Osaka, Kagoshima, Nagasaki, Nagoya, and Tokyo.
In 2004, “AMATERU” was released in Saga.
Tosaiga gallery “RYUGU ENO SASOI” was released in Okinawa, and opened in Sapporo, sendai, Kobe, and Fukuoka.
Also opened a gallery produced by Imagine in Saga.
Later this year, the picture book INOCHI NO MATSURI series were released and became a best seller.
In 2005, KISAKI NO KAGAYAKI Tosaiga gallery was opened in Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Department in Tokyo, Tsuruya Department in Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Oita and Osaka.
“DAICHOWA” was presented to Nambaryn Enkhbajar the president of Mongolia.
In 2006, KISAKI NO KAGAYAKI Tosaiga gallery was opened in Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Okayama, Nagoya, Tokyo and Fukuoka.
“DAICHOWA” was introduced in Dalai Lama’s book(OMOIYARI), and was dedicated to Dalai Lama.
In 2007, KISAKI NO KAGAYAKI Tosaiga gallery was opened in Nagoya, Kobe, Sendai, and Fukuoka.
The 2nd from the INOCHI NO MATSURI series, “TSUNGATTERU” was released and also became a best seller.
Galleries were opend in Saga.
In 2008, KISAKI NO KAGAYAKI Tosaiga gallery was opened in Kumamoto, Kobe, Sendai, and Fukuoka.
Imagine Tosaiga gallery was opened in Setagaya, Tokyo.
The picture book, INOCHI NO MATSURI became a sub text book for the Moral class through Japan standard.
Also this year, Kazuhisa made a team to do LIVE shows to teach everybody about the importance of life, ”INOCHI”
In 2009, KISAKI NO KAGAYAKI Tosaiga gallery was opened in Oita, Kumamoto, Hiroshima, Sendai, Nagoya, Wakayama, Osaka and Fukuoka.
INOCHI NO MATSURI became a part of the Moral class text book, and also became the representative of Japan ant Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
Tosaiga picture collection, KANONRIKI CARD was released.
In 2010, KISAKI NO KAGAYAKI Tosaiga gallery was opened in Hiroshima, Sendai, Nagoya, Kobe, Kyoto, Osaka, and Fukuoka.
The new piece of work, “Tosaiga SHIRUKURE” was released.
In 2011, Hospital Art, the new project of the Tosaiga started.
And later this year, Tomb house(NOUKOTSUDO) was produced with the theme, “INOCHI”
The construction was done in Spring, 2012
In 2013, Kazuhisa produced and directed the documentary movie, “Chikyu Ga Kyoshitu(Earth is the Classroom)”
“KAGAITEIRU”, the latest picture book was released in January.
And this book too, became a part of the Moral class text book.
In 2014, “Kazuhisa Kusaba Todaiga Museum” opened as the 25th Anniversary.
Released a KAEN-DOKI pottery and SHAKO-DOGU pottery made with porcelain, a China wear