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HIRO ANDO

Japanese, b. 1973

Hiro Ando, often hailed as the "Nippon Neo Pop Pope," is an artist whose work is a vibrant testament to the fusion of traditional Japanese culture with the pulsating rhythms of modern life. Born and raised in the bustling metropolis of Tokyo, Ando has become a key figure in translating the city's dynamic energy into captivating artistic expressions. His journey in art is marked by a blend of traditional motifs and contemporary pop culture, particularly influenced by the world of Japanese Manga. Early Artistic Ventures and InspirationsAndo's artistic journey began after graduating from the University of Art. He started his career in Tokyo in 1995, drawing inspiration from the city's vibrant nightscapes. His early works predominantly featured urban settings, often accompanied by the motif of a red fish, a symbol that harkens back to the classic Japanese watercolor paintings. This juxtaposition of modern urban elements with traditional symbols became a hallmark of his style, a fusion that resonated with a contemporary audience while paying homage to the rich cultural heritage of Japan. Transition to Multidisciplinary Artistry From illustrations and paintings, Ando expanded his creative explorations to include video, digital media, and, notably, sculpture. As a founding member of the CrazyNoodles collective studio, he played a significant role in shaping the light and fun side of neo-pop culture. His sculptural work, in particular, garnered significant attention. Ando’s sculptures are an extension of his artistic narrative, combining the traditional Japanese symbol of the maneki-neko (lucky cat) with various forms reflective of modern Manga culture, such as samurai, sumo wrestlers, and robots. These sculptures, often characterized by bright colors, glossy finishes, and sometimes adorned with diamonds, resonated with the ethos of contemporary neo-pop art, bridging the gap between the past and the present. Hiro Ando: The Modern Samurai of ArtAndo’s creations, particularly his cat-like sculptures, have become synonymous with his identity as an artist. These works not only showcase his ability to blend traditional Japanese motifs with contemporary themes but also reflect his personal journey and evolution as an artist. His choice of subject matter and materials makes his art accessible and relatable, yet deeply rooted in the rich tapestry of Japanese culture. Ando, in many ways, represents the modern samurai of the art world, navigating the realms of tradition and modernity with grace and innovation. Makiko's observationsMakiko Whole (Publications Coordinator at The Museum of Modern Art New York) in her role at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, has observed the global impact of artists like Hiro Ando, who bring an innovative fusion of traditional and contemporary motifs to the international art scene. She notes that Ando's distinctive sculptures, which cleverly blend the playful essence of maneki-neko with the stoic grace of samurai and sumo warriors, embody a new form of artistic expression that transcends cultural boundaries. These sculptures, while deeply rooted in Japanese tradition, speak a universal language of creativity and imagination, appealing to a diverse global audience. Whole emphasizes that Ando's work is a vital contribution to the narrative of contemporary art, showcasing how traditional symbols can be reimagined to reflect modern sensibilities. She regards Ando as a trailblazer who has successfully bridged the gap between the old and the new, making him a pivotal figure in the ongoing dialogue about the evolution of art in the context of cultural exchange and globalization. Embracing Anonymity in the Digital AgeIn recent years, Hiro Ando has taken a step back from the public eye, a decision that sparks curiosity and debate about the role of an artist in society. In an era where social media presence is often seen as integral to an artist's success, Ando's choice to embrace anonymity raises questions about the relationship between an artist and their audience. This decision reflects a deeper philosophical stance on the nature of art and the artist's obligation (or lack thereof) to the public. It suggests that art can stand independently of the artist's public persona, allowing the work itself to communicate with the audience. Ando's retreat from the public spotlight is a bold statement in the contemporary art world, challenging conventional notions about fame, publicity, and the essence of artistic expression. In conclusion, Hiro Ando's career is a vivid illustration of an artist's journey through the evolving landscapes of culture and expression. His work encapsulates the spirit of neo-pop art, blending traditional Japanese aesthetics with the vibrancy of modern life. As he continues to evolve and explore new dimensions of creativity, his contributions to the art world remain an enduring testament to the power of cultural fusion and artistic innovation.

Hiro Ando Blue Fish "nishikigoi blu" sculpture
By Hiro Ando
Located in CORAL GABLES - MIAMI, FL
"" StainlessSteel 50cm, 2015 Stainless Steel Carved Painted & Varnished 50 × 40 × 30 cm Edition 3/8 Drawing on ideas of collectability and fantasy, Japanese artist Hiro Ando combines tradition with contemporary culture in his sculpture work…. Ando’s editioned sculptures resemble enlarged toy cartoon characters and bear the names SumoCat, Samurai Cat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary HIRO ANDO

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Stainless Steel

The Elegance of Kungfucat : Black Cat Fu Symphony
By Hiro Ando
Located in PARIS, FR
2022, edition of 8 resin fiberglass painted & varnished 23 3/5 × 19 7/10 × 23 3/5 in - 60 × 50 × 60 cm The artwork is signed by the Artist , carved with edition number and date under the artwork The artwork come accompanied with a formal Certificate of Authenticity issued by the studio of the Artist and signed by the Artist serie "Martial Felines Trilogy" In the heart of Tokyo, where modernity meets tradition in a harmonious dance, the enigmatic artist Hiro Ando unveiled a trilogy of sculptures that captivated the art world's imagination—the "Martial Felines Trilogy." This series, comprised of the mesmerizing sculptures "Ninjacat," "Shoguncat," and "Kungfucat," wove a tale of feline prowess and martial arts mastery. In the crowded streets of Akihabara, where the hum of neon lights mingles with the echoes of ancient samurai legends, Hiro Ando found inspiration. His journey began with a fascination for the duality inherent in Japanese culture—the delicate artistry of the past colliding with the high-energy pulse of contemporary urban life. And so, the "Martial Felines Trilogy" was born. The first sculpture, "Ninjacat," emerged from the shadows, a sleek and silent sentinel of the night. With its sharp angles and stealthy posture, Ninjacat embodied the essence of a ninja warrior. Intricately carved from ebony-hued materials, the sculpture's eyes gleamed with an otherworldly intensity, reflecting the cunning and agility of its namesake. As the moon cast its glow over the city, "Shoguncat" stepped into the spotlight. Clad in ornate armor that mirrored the grandeur of ancient warriors, Shoguncat stood tall and proud. The fine details in the sculpture, from the meticulously crafted armor plates...
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2010s Contemporary HIRO ANDO

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Resin

The Elegance of Kungfucat : Black Cat Fu Symphony
The Elegance of Kungfucat : Black Cat Fu Symphony
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H 23.63 in W 19.69 in D 23.63 in
Shoguncat's Noble Stance : Red Regal Vigor
By Hiro Ando
Located in PARIS, FR
2022, edition of 8 resin fiberglass painted & varnished 23 3/5 × 11 4/5 × 11 4/5 in - 60 × 30 × 30 cm The artwork is signed by the Artist , carved with edition number and date under the artwork The artwork come accompanied with a formal Certificate of Authenticity issued by the studio of the Artist and signed by the Artist serie "Martial Felines Trilogy" In the heart of Tokyo, where modernity meets tradition in a harmonious dance, the enigmatic artist Hiro Ando unveiled a trilogy of sculptures that captivated the art world's imagination—the "Martial Felines Trilogy." This series, comprised of the mesmerizing sculptures "Ninjacat," "Shoguncat," and "Kungfucat," wove a tale of feline prowess and martial arts mastery. In the crowded streets of Akihabara, where the hum of neon lights mingles with the echoes of ancient samurai legends, Hiro Ando found inspiration. His journey began with a fascination for the duality inherent in Japanese culture—the delicate artistry of the past colliding with the high-energy pulse of contemporary urban life. And so, the "Martial Felines Trilogy" was born. The first sculpture, "Ninjacat," emerged from the shadows, a sleek and silent sentinel of the night. With its sharp angles and stealthy posture, Ninjacat embodied the essence of a ninja warrior. Intricately carved from ebony-hued materials, the sculpture's eyes gleamed with an otherworldly intensity, reflecting the cunning and agility of its namesake. As the moon cast its glow over the city, "Shoguncat" stepped into the spotlight. Clad in ornate armor that mirrored the grandeur of ancient warriors, Shoguncat stood tall and proud. The fine details in the sculpture, from the meticulously crafted armor plates...
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2010s Contemporary HIRO ANDO

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Resin

Shoguncat's Noble Stance : Red Regal Vigor
Shoguncat's Noble Stance : Red Regal Vigor
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H 23.63 in W 11.82 in D 11.82 in
Tokyo's Nighttime Symphony : Celestial Elevation
By Hiro Ando
Located in PARIS, FR
2009, unique artwork oil on canvas 51 1/5 × 63 4/5 in - 130 × 162 cm The artwork is signed by the Artist & stamped with the logo of the Artist's Studio on verso of the canvas The art...
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2010s Contemporary HIRO ANDO

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Oil

Tokyo's Nighttime Symphony : Celestial Elevation
Tokyo's Nighttime Symphony : Celestial Elevation
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H 51.19 in W 63.78 in D 1.19 in
Majestic Nishikigoi in Metal Splendor : Aqueous Grandeur Blu
By Hiro Ando
Located in PARIS, FR
2015, 8 Editions stainless steel polished and carved , painted & varnished. 31 1/2 × 29 1/2 × 39 2/5 in - 80 × 75 × 100 cm The artwork is signed by the Artist , carved with edition n...
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2010s Contemporary HIRO ANDO

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Stainless Steel

Supreme Robotcat : Sanguine Cybernetic Maestro
By Hiro Ando
Located in PARIS, FR
2006, edition of 20 resin fiberglass painted & varnished 39 2/5 × 23 3/5 × 15 7/10 in - 100 × 60 × 40 cm The artwork is signed by the Artist , carved with edition number and date und...
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2010s Contemporary HIRO ANDO

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Resin

Supreme Robotcat : Sanguine Cybernetic Maestro
Supreme Robotcat : Sanguine Cybernetic Maestro
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H 39.38 in W 23.63 in D 15.75 in
Pandason's Black : A Lilliputian Ballet of Chromatic Marvels
By Hiro Ando
Located in PARIS, FR
2017, Edition of 8 Resin FiberGlass Painted & Varnished 51 1/5 × 37 2/5 × 37 2/5 in - 130 × 95 × 95 cm The artwork is signed by the Artist , carved with edition number and date under...
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2010s Contemporary HIRO ANDO

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Steel

Commanding Warriorcat : Blu Eternal Vigil
By Hiro Ando
Located in PARIS, FR
2006, edition of 20 resin fiberglass painted & varnished 39 2/5 × 47 1/5 × 23 3/5 in - 100 × 120 × 60 cm The artwork is signed by the Artist , carved with edition number and date und...
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2010s Contemporary HIRO ANDO

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Resin

Commanding Warriorcat : Blu Eternal Vigil
Commanding Warriorcat : Blu Eternal Vigil
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H 39.38 in W 59.06 in D 23.63 in
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