Masakatsu Sashie was born in and currently resides in Kanazawa, Japan a city wellknown for rich traditional arts and crafts and a unique culture due to the city’s difficultgeographical accessibility. Sashie received his MFA from the Kanazawa College ofArt in 2000. Sashie has exhibited throughout Asia and the United States andhis work is included in private and corporate collections internationally.
Sashie’s home, Kanazawa, is a miniature condensed version of the larger morepopulous cities in Japan. With a lifelong interest in model making and having grownup in a virtual diorama Sashie’s intricately detailed oil paintings depict a world wherethe common objects of modern industrialization take on often oppressive forms.These haunting vistas are often dominated by an orb, a substantial figure, made ofan amalgam of the remnants of human existence. The contrast between the detailand complexity of the orb and the surrounding environment impresses upon theviewer the co-existence of small microcosms within the larger outer world. Withoutshowing preference to either world, Masakatsu Sashie paints two opposite worlds asequals with the intent of drawing the viewer into the space and having them reflecton society and its values.