“I want to express the wood’s natural characteristics without adding my intentions,” he adds. “I like to make the most out of the material’s inherent feeling. Little things add up to transmit a stronger power, greater energy. That is why I have quite a lot of large pieces.”
To achieve the striking, smooth look of his sculptures, the artist engulfs each piece in flames until the wood is charred black. He then polishes the surface until the exposed wood pieces gleam brightly, contrasting sharply with the dark color of the scorched interior. Often displayed in museums, galleries, and the lobbies of high-end hotels, there’s an elegant, pristine quality to the 50-year-old’s organic work that belies the grueling manual labor that went into the creation of each sculpture.