Sawako Shintani (1939- ) was born in Kobe, Japan, to a family of artists. She received a BFA in sculpture at the Kyoto University of Fine Arts in 1962. She studied sculpture and ceramics at the Chouinard Art School, which is now the California Institute of Fine Arts, from 1966 to 1968 and has lived in Los Angeles since 1970. Though Shintani has been a ceramist in recent years, she has also sculpted in wood, concrete and bronze. Harmony is Shintani's first outdoor public art in the United States. In 1989, she completed a ceramic piece, Aji, for the exterior of the Sambi Restaurant in Downey. Shintani's other public art is located in Japan, including several bronze works in Kobe.
The text has been provided courtesy of Michael Several, Los Angeles, December 1997.
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