Artist background: Masahiro Hasegawa was born in Marugame City, Kagawa in Japan and graduated from Osaka University of Fine Arts. Following his Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture from Kanazawa University, Hasegawa held several significant teaching positions at the Osaka University of Arts and most recently, Kyoto University of Art and Design.
Hasegawa’s professional artistic career includes over twenty solo exhibitions, regular participation at International Sculpture Biennale and inclusion in several prominent public collections such as Kyoto City, ASAGO Art Museum and Emaar collection, Dubai.
Hasegawa’s work is recognized for a unique subject matter of Lotus flowers, which the artist usually executes in hand-brushed steel with glass or resin rain drops marrying the fragility of concept with the sturdiness and resistence of the material.
There is an evident and profound Japanese aesthetic permeating Hasegawa’s work in his efforts to single out the beauty of everyday or common-point: ‘Lotus is a very familiar plant in Japan. Almost all Japanese love Lotus… It gives us comfortable feeling.’