THE PLEASURES OF PARADOX
"A smile on the beholder’s face is the main motivation for my work.“
Hirotoshi Ito comes from a family of stone masons who for the last 130 years have been in the business of working stone primarily for monuments and grave markers. Though stone is his primary media, he often combines different materials, incorporating metal, ceramics, and pigments in his works. He makes his sculptural works while at the same time attending the family business.
For his personal work he collects stones and rocks from the riverbanks in his neighborhood, then utilizing the stone’s natural shapes and qualities he fashions them so as to express a warmth and humor in the hard stone.