Born in Nagasaki in 1983, Emi Katsuta is a young Japanese wood sculptor. She graduated in sculpture from the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music in 2007 and earned her MFA at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 2009.
Using acrylic paint, resin and sometimes even cloth and wool on Japanese cypress wood, Emi Katsuta is known for creating her irresistible baby-like sculptures of female clowns, humanized fluffy animals and adorable-looking children. Katsuta’s art aims to remind the viewer of the blissful carelessness and innocence of childhood.
Her bright-coloured characters come to life thanks to her eye to details, from their outfit design to their dreamy facial expressions. Katsuta has been exhibiting extensively around Japan since 2007 and won the Geidai Art Praza Award in Tokyo in 2008.
She displayed her artworks for the first time in Europe at Dorothy Circus Gallery in 2020 with group exhibition House of The Rising Light.