Kenjiro Azuma

1926 – 2016

Kenjiro Azuma was born in 1926 in Yamagata in Japan. He was born to a family of bronze artisans. When he was 17 he joined the Imperial Japanese Navy as a Kamikaze pilot, but the war ended before he could continue further and thus he started university.
From 1949 to 1953, Azuma studied sculpture at the University of Tokyo. In 1956, he received a scholarship from the Italian government and moved there. When studying at the Brera in Milan, he became the assistant to Marino Marini.

He participated in the creation of the avant-garde movement Punto in 1961, alongside fellow artists Antonio Calderara and the Chinese artist Hsiao Chin. The Punto Group dissolved in 1966.
Throughout the 1960s, Azuma regularly exhibited in Europe, including Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Holland. In 1966, his work was displayed during the famous exhibition “The New Japanese Painting” and Sculpture at the MOMA in New York.
During the majority of his career, Azuma lived and worked in Milan. He remained Marino Marini’s assistant until his death in 1980. In 1990, he began teaching at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti. Kenjiro Azuma passed away in October 2016 at the age of 90. Kenjiro Azuma passed away in October 2016 at the age of 90. Kenjiro Azuma passed away in October 2016 at the age of 90.


– 1961/1962 Galleria Minima, Milan, Italy
– 1962 Galleria dell’Obelisco, Rome, Italie + Galleria del Cavallino, Venice, Italy
– 1963 Toninelli Arte Moderna, Milan, Italy
– 1964 Galerie Falazik, Bochum, Germany + Emmy Widmann Gallery, Bremen, Germany + Galleria Flaviana, Locarno, Italy + Senatore Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany
– 1965 Galleria Meridiana, Biella, Italy + Galleria Giraldi, Livourne, Italy
– 1966 Galleria Toninelli, Milan, Italy
– 1969 Galleria Toninelli, Rome, Italy
– 1970 Galleria Arte al Borgo, Palermo, Italy
– 1972 Nouvelles Images Gallery, La Haye, Holland
– 1974 Contemporary Sculpture Center, Tokyo, Japan
– 1975 Nouvelles Images Gallery, La Haye, Holland + Galleria Stendhal, Milan, Italy
– 1989 The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura, Japan
– 1994 Museo d’Arte of Mendrisio, Switzerland: Retrospective
– 2002 Chinnretsukan Gallery of the University Art Museum, Tokyo National University of Fine Art and Music: “Disegi di Azuma Kenjiro”
– 2016/2017 Lorenzelli Arte, Milan, Italy: “Kenjiro Azuma Infinito MU”


– 1961 “Arte e Contemplazione” Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
– 1962 “Third International Sculpture Exhibition” Carrera Town Hall, Italy
– 1963 State Museum of Modern Art, Tapei, Taiwan « International Sculpture Exhibition » + Obtention du Prix Emile Godard, Lausanne, Suisse « International Sculpture Exhibition » + Premier Prix à la VIIème Biennale de Tokyo
– 1964 Takamura Award “Best Japanese Sculptor”
– 1966 MOMA, New York, USA « New Japanese Painting and Sculpture »
– 2017 October/November: Alon Zakaim Fine Art: Dinamica : Italian & Japanese Post-War Art, London, United Kingdom
– 2019 March/April: Anna Maria Consadori: Sculture Da Vivere, Milan, Italy


– Musée du Vatican, Rome, Italy
– National Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
– National Gallery of Art, Washington, United States
– Norton Simon Museum, California, United States

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