Empty-Handed I Return Home « The Jerusalem Artists House – בית האמנים בירושלים


Ishii Kazuo

Empty-Handed I Return Home

Curator: Dror Burstein

Opening: Saturday, 14 July 2012

Closing: Monday, 20 August 2012

Gallery talk: Friday, 27 July 2012 12:00



  • Kazuo Ishii was born in Japan, in 1957. At the age of nine he began to practice calligraphy under the direction of his uncle, himself a professional calligrapher.

    After graduating from Waseda University in Tokyo, he started studying calligraphy and seal making with Master Li Yang Sheng and ink painting with Master Yan Si Lung. Together with the deep study of these traditional arts, Ishii has studied martial arts, zen and meditation, which also became an integral part of his lifestyle.

    Since 1989 his works have been exhibited worldwide (The Ueno no Mori Museum, Tokyo, 1990; The National Museum of History, Beijing, 1990, 1993; The Vilnius Academy of Fine Art, Lithuania, 2006; The Henan Museum, China, 2007;Lahti Art Museum, Finland, 2010 and other places).

    In 1997 Ishii came to live in Kiryat Tivon, Israel. Here his works have been exhibited in various museums and galleries, as well as being purchased by the Israel Museum of Art.

    Solo exhibitions

    1998 The Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, Haifa
    2000 University Botanical Garden, Jerusalem
    2001 Art Gallery , Oranim College, Kiryat Tivon
    2001 Gallery of East Asian Art, The University of Haifa
    2002 Beit Tami, Tel Aviv
    2003 Kukan Gallery, Yodfat
    2004 Wattsu Event Space, Saitama, Japan
    2004 Museum of Far Eastern Art, Ramat Gan
    2005 The Wilfrid Israel Museum, Kibutz Hazorea
    2007 The Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, Haifa
    2007 Embassy of Japan in Israel, Tel Aviv; 2008 LA Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
    2009 Nordic House, Reykjavik, Iceland