Funakoshi Katsura (1951-present) is a sculptor and print maker. He's considered a leading name in the Visual Arts in his country. Funakoshi father was also a sculptor and soon he felt the same vocation. He studied in the University of Art and Design, from 1971 to 1975, and in the University of Fine Arts and Music, from 1975 to 1977. He started carving in camphor wood, in 1980. His works, usually depicting human figures from the waist up, have a great poetical effect, and are striking and distinctive. Funakoshi works this material in a personal way and leaves visible both the grain of the wood and the marks of carving. The artist carefully utilises the grain for modelling and leaves part of the head unpainted, normally the crown. He has already exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the São Paulo Biennale, the Documenta IX, and the Shangai Biennale, and he's represented in several art museums in Japan and other countries.