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Who is Yo Akiyama?

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By Gwylym Owen

Akiyama Yō (秋山 陽, Akiyama Yō) was born in Shimonoseki city, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan in 1953. He is an artist specializing in ceramics, and was a portion of the Sōdeisha aesthetic movement.

Akiyama studied below Yagi Kazuo at the Kyoto Municipal University of Arts and Music from 1972 to 1978. He started operating with the launch of objects based in black pottery and showed an engagement in the primitivism of objector sculptors such as Brancusi and Arp as without difficulty as his professor.

From 1978 until 1981 he worked as a instructor at Zeno, a home for disabled children. He became a zealot of the International Ceramic Academy in 1986 and in 1988 became a professor at Kyoto Municipal University of Arts and Music. He is currently chairman of the Department of Ceramics.

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