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Satoru Abe

Satoru Abe is an American painter and sculptor. Born in 1926 in Honolulu, Hawai’i, he attended McKinley High School, where he took art lessons from Shirley Ximena Hopper Russell. In 1948, after spending a summer at the California School for Fine Arts, he decided to pursue an art career in New York City and attended the Art Students League of New York where he studied with George Grosz, Louis Bouche and Jon Carrol. He married a fellow student and returned to Hawai’i in 1950 with his wife, Ruth, and daughter Gail. Soon after, Abe met local artist Isami Doi, who would become a close friend and mentor, and began a series of copper work experiments with fellow artist Bumpei Akaji. In 1956, Abe returned to New York and found a creative home at The Sculpture Center, where his original work attracted the attention of gallery owners and others. In 1963, Abe was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Abe returned to Hawai'i in 1970. Along with Bumpei Akaji, Edmund Chung, Tetsuo Ochikubo, Jerry T. Okimoto, James Park, and Tadashi Sato, he was a member of the Metcalf Chateau, a group of seven Asian-American artists with ties to Honolulu. Abe is best known for his sculptures of abstracted natural forms, many of which resemble trees. The Honolulu Museum of Art and the Hawai’i State Art Museum are among the public collections holding works of Satoru Abe. His sculptures appear in many public places.

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