Shigeo Fukuda

August 7, 2008 § 1 Comment

Shigeo Fukuda was born in 1932 in Tokio (Japan). He graduated in fine art from Tokio National University in 1956, where he’s now honorary professor.

Paul Rand initially caught sight of his work in an issue ofJapanese Graphic Design Magazine. Realizing Fukuda’s great potential as a world-class designer, Rand helped arrange his first United States exhibition at New York City’s IBM Gallery.

During the 1960’s, Shigeo Fukuda became interested in illusionism.When it comes to illusionism, Fukuda practices what he preaches. The countless awards he continues to win worldwide are a living testament to his power of graphic legerdemain.Fukuda dramatically shatters all cultural and linguistic barriers with his universally recognizable style. 

You can visit his poster design gallery here

Traditionally, People looked to the West for innovative solutions. This is no longer the case. The winds are shifting toward an easterly direction.














This shadow sculpture of a motorcycle is built entirely out of welded forks, knives, and spoons. It is based on an earlier concept that Fukuda exhibited in his 1965 show, “Toys and Things Japanese.” Fukuda wanted to create a three-dimensional object in which the shadow, as opposed to the actual form, represented the actual object. Fukuda was to remark that it is extremely difficult to create a three-dimensional object in this fashion that allows light to evenly penetrate in this fashion. Fukuda utilized 848 pieces of cutlery to construct this work.


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