Organic and metallic sculptures: captured nature.

Technologies and sensitive materials rhythm the artist’s work.

Atsunobu Kohira at home.

Details of an herbarium.


Atsunobu Kohira, anti-material and sensitivity.

Polymorph plastic technician, this Japanese artist creates vertiginous abysses of our society with its creations that question period and time.

He is the sculptor of the impalpable. At crossroads of technology and poetry, Atsunobu Kohira also brings nature in and questions the influence of men on his environment. “Sounds, odors fill our space, explains him. I do invisible sculptors. The interest that I have for the 5 senses is directly linked to the world and to the actual society, that I analyze more than criticize. Born in Hiroshima in 1979, Atsunobu Kohira settles in Europe at the age of 14. After graduating and a quick visit to a fashion school, he integrates the Beaux-Arts of Paris- a city that for him also is “a capital of arts, technology and industry”. Under the patronage of Giuseppe Penone, he is quickly noticed by the Palais de Tokyo, the Frac Franche Comté or the Hermès Foundation. His creations sometimes are fantasists until humor but they also are a remarkable work of precision: in 2012 he created a sensation with Instrument for Saint-Louis, a crystal and clock machinery that time travels. Since Fukushima’s disaster and the reflection it brings the artist, he integrates charcoal, water or plants as many sources of energy to his works. A long term research that will soon bring other examples: “I am preparing an exhibition at the Maubert Gallery around minerals - rocks, charcoal, fossils… And I have as a project to get my own hive to start working with bees.”


©Atsunobu Kohira 
Courtesy Yumiko Chiba Associates, Japan & Galerie Maubert, France

 Pictures: Alexandre Tabaste