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​KIE Imai

ーMetal Sculptor. I create concrete representations of plants and living things using “tankin”, which is a method of shaping metal materials by hammering them, exploring the unique vitality of my work.ー


I feel a sense of "life and death" in the process of forging, which involves hammering metal pieces into a 3-D shape, in my case living creatures. This is a transformation of a lifeless material into a lively being.

Hitting, scratching, and deforming metals, and making cavities inside with the technique of squeezing, feels like something close to death to me. However, the works completed after going through such a destructive process have a strange sense of vitality and freshness. I've always been inspired by that, and it's helped me survive.

I chose two motifs for many of my works: rabbits because they look ephemeral but peculiarly raw, and flowers such as camellias because they are dead and alive at the same time.

Fascination with them is my inspiration.


Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1995.

2013-2018 Graduated from Tama Art University, Department of Crafts, Metals

2018-2020 Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Department of Crafts, Master's Course, Completed

2020-2021 Modeled the prototypes of jewelry at F.D.C. PRODUCTS Inc. (YONDOSHI HOLDINGS INC.)

2022-2023 Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School, Division of Fine Arts, Department of Crafts, Research Student, Completed

2023-Present Doctoral student in the Department of Industrial Arts, Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts


2022 "Errors of Discharge," Former Hirakushi Denchu Residence Atelier, Tokyo, Japan

2022 "Vomit, Life" ICHIGOYA, Yanaka Ginza Exhibition / Tokyo, Japan

2021 "Purification of Swallowing" Ishikawa Gallery / Tokyo

2020 "Errors in Flower Play," galerie H, Tokyo



2019 Ataka Prize Winner

2019 Kawamura Cultural Arts Award, 2nd Prize

2018 Comite Colbert Award 2018 Finalist

2018 Geidai Art Plaza Grand Prize Exhibition, Selected Finalist

2018 Tama Art University Graduation System, Excellent Work 

2017 Selected, 53rd Kanagawa Prefecture Art Exhibition, Crafts Division


2023 Rinzai Sankoin Temple

2021 Charm Premier Grand Minami-Azabu

2020 Charm Suite Koenji

2020 Charm Premier Kamakurayama

2020 Charm Premier Kakinokizaka


Public Subsidy

2013  Taiju Sasaki Scholarship Foundation Design Arts and Crafts Scholarship

2022  Taito City Arts and Culture Support System

2019  Taiju Sasaki Scholarship Foundation Design Arts and Crafts Scholarship

Member of Society for Art Education Studies

​今井 貴絵


​    私は金属を金鎚で叩き造形する鍛金技法の過程に「生と死」の感覚を感じて、独自の生きものを表現しています。



2013ー2018 多摩美術大学 美術学部工芸学科 金属専攻  卒業

2018ー2020 東京藝術大学 美術研究科 工芸専攻 修士課程  修了

2020ー2021 4℃ホールディングス 株式会社エフ・ディ・シィ・プロダクツ 勤務

2022ー2023 東京藝術大学 美術研究科 工芸専攻 研究生 終了

2023ー現在  東京藝術大学 美術研究科 美術専攻 工芸研究領域 鍛金 博士課程 在籍中


2022 「排出のエラーたち」旧平櫛田中邸アトリエ/東京

2022 「吐く、生命」ICHIGOYA 谷中銀座展/東京

2021 「嚥下の浄」石川画廊/東京

2020 「花遊びのエラー」galerieH/東京



2019 安宅賞 受賞

2019 川村文化芸術大賞 第2位

2018 コミテコルベールアワード2018 ファイナリスト

2018 藝大アートプラザ大賞展 入選

2018 多摩美術大学卒業制  優秀作品 

2017 第53回神奈川県美術展工芸部門 入選


2023 臨済宗 三光院

2021 チャームプレミアグラン南麻布

2020 チャームスイート高円寺

2020 チャームプレミア鎌倉山

2020 チャームプレミア柿の木坂




2023 佐々木泰樹育英会 デザイン美術工芸奨学生

2022 台東区芸術文化支援制度

2019 佐々木泰樹育英会 デザイン美術工芸奨学生


美術教育研究会 会員

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