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A lizard I found in the bush as a child stole my heart away.
Ever since, have drawn reptiles and fantasy beasts like dragons.
I then discovered stone carving and fell in love with marble as a material perfect for depicting fantasy creatures, with its mysteriousness and strength.
So, I became a marble sculptor.
Last year, I exceeded 30 works in my ball python sculpture series “PythonSeries,” done partially as practice for depicting fantasy creatures.
Therein, I have archived sculptures of snakes in many colors of marble.
I showed my first animation work at “ANIMA,” a solo exhibition held in July 2020.
In this exhibition, I attempted the visualization of polarity and common ground in stone sculpture with its conventional weighty image and animation as a light and airy medium.
I plan to continue exploring this line in my works.
I am also setting my hand to musical composition to accompany animated works, and would like to collaborate with musicians as well.

Ai Sano

Born in Tokyo in 1989.
Tokyo University of the Arts and Music, M.A, Fine Art Sculpture in 2016.
Held numerous solo exhibitions including “INNOCENT” at Gallery Hanakagesho / Tokyo in 2017, “ANIMA” at Gallery Hanakagesho / Tokyo in 2020.
Participated to various group exhibitions and art fairs including “Amazing Craftsmanship! From Meiji Kogei to Contemporary Art,” (Circulated five museums), “Art Fair Tokyo” at Gallery Hanakagesho Booth in 2019.
Her works are owned by The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts and Oita Prefectural Art Museum.
Designed the book-cover of “The thing called Moon Shadow.”

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