長谷川 琢士(はせがわ たくお) 1983年、静岡県生まれ。

Takuo Hasegawa
B.1983 – Shizuoka prefecture, Japan.
At the age of nineteen, Takuo Hasegawa left his native Japan to visit to Afghanistan. On his return, whilst working as a carpenter and running a backpackers hostel, he continued a solitary journey extensively in Asia, Europe, South America and Africa, as well as his home country –all of which helped him to develop his own concept and style of art.
During his extensive travels, he began to see that Oriental philosophy, which offers unity and harmony, could be of great value to often antagonistic and chaotically disparate cultures and value systems across the globe. In particular, he was drawn to Zen Buddhism, and he began his apprenticeship in Buddhist sculpture and art.
Subsequently, his interest in D.T. Suzuki’s philosophy, and the presence of Daijo-ji temple, led him to Kanazawa where he currently resides. He attends the zazen (meditation) session at Daijo-ji, through which he endeavours to gain further insight into himself and into Zen Buddhism.
His artwork is based on his understanding of nature, and through his forestry work he explores the dynamic relationships between mountains and trees, and between water, earth and wind.
He continues to travel to this day, drawing inspiration from various cultures, ideas and all living things, which are borne out of specific climates that are unique to each locality. Through his artwork, he endeavours to realise and express true diversity, harmony and the limitlessness of the world in which we live. His mission is to represent the innate freedom which all things share in common in physical forms of modern sculpture, installation art, live sculpting and Buddhist sculpture.