Based in Andes, NY, sculptor Ken Hiratsuka was born in Japan in 1959. In 1982, after graduating from Musashino University in Tokyo, he came to New York City and embarked on his life work of carving one continuous line in stone around the world. Committed to art for everybody, Hiratsuka began sculpting the slate and granite sidewalks of New York City, becoming a leading figure in the Street Art Movement of the 80’s. Driven by his vision of art’s capacity to transcend the differences of nations and languages, Hiratsuka’s work can now be seen in permanent public sites in both urban and natural environments in 23 countries to date. Some examples are “River,” the 100-foot long sculpted sidewalk at 25 Bond Street, NYC (2008); 3 carved boulders at the Wynwood Walls street art museum in Miami, FL (2016); street carving at Prince and Broadway (1982); Cowra Japanese Gardens Peace Monument, Cowra Australia (1987). Most recently Ken’s work has been exhibited at White Box and Curator Galleries in NYC; Wunderkammern Gallery, Rome, Italy; Palazzo Ricardi Medici, Florence, Italy.
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