"Diary (2303)" Mosaic by Toyoharu Kii

2023
$1,880 USD
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Dimensions
W: 11.75" D: 0.75" H: 12.0"
Materials
Stone
Marble
Wood
Glass
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CTOYK093
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$88

Intricate, ethereal and highly textured, the abstract compositions of Japanese mosaic artist Toyoharu Kii reflect a sophisticated approach to the technical art of mosaic making. Classically trained in Florence, Italy, Kii creates his modern mosaics using traditional techniques and materials, including hand-cut Italian marble and Venetian smalti glass. Eschewing the figural in favor of the abstract, his mosaics rely on contrasts of pattern and form to convey complex themes and achieve visual harmony.

In this mosaic entitled “Diary (2303),” Kii uses repetitive patterns to express the passage of time. “It’s a kind of diary,” writes Kii. “Each day has its special event, but from a broader point of view, there’s nothing but monotonous and peaceful days.” Hand-cut tesserae of varied shapes and sizes are arranged in rows like the lines of a book, each short passage telling a unique story. Mounted on a yellow wood board, the abstract mosaic resembles an open notebook and recalls the privilege of a rich and peaceful life. Though each passing day may seem uneventful, all together they reflect a life that is layered, complex and beautiful.

“Diary (2303),” 2023
Toyoharu Kii (b. 1953)
Marble mosaic and smalti on wood board.

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Toyoharu Kii

b. 1953, Ehime, Japan

A leader of the cross-cultural craft resurgence, Japan-based artist Toyoharu Kii creates mosaics with hand-cut Italian marble and Venetian smalti. Inspired by sumi-e ink painting, Kii’s abstract mosaics are a meditation on pattern and form, relying on the careful placement of tesserae to convey sophisticated concepts. His refined compositions vary in scale from multi-story mural installations to works that fit in the palm of your hand.

Toyoharu Kii is revered as Japan’s leading mosaic artist and teacher. His work has been featured in exhibitions worldwide, including solo exhibitions in the United States, Italy, France and Turkey. 

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Toyoharu Kii

b. 1953, Ehime, Japan

A leader of the cross-cultural craft resurgence, Japan-based artist Toyoharu Kii creates mosaics with hand-cut Italian marble and Venetian smalti. Inspired by sumi-e ink painting, Kii’s abstract mosaics are a meditation on pattern and form, relying on the careful placement of tesserae to convey sophisticated concepts. His refined compositions vary in scale from multi-story mural installations to works that fit in the palm of your hand.

Toyoharu Kii is revered as Japan’s leading mosaic artist and teacher. His work has been featured in exhibitions worldwide, including solo exhibitions in the United States, Italy, France and Turkey. 

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