Yoshimasa Tsuchiya was born in 1977 in Kanagawa, Japan. In 2001, he obtained a BA, Sculpture course from Tokyo National University of Fine Art and Music. He also completed his MA & PhD in Conservation Course from the same university. Starting from 2007, Tsuchiya has hosted several solo exhibitions in Tokyo and Amsterdam’s gallery; Karuizawa New Art Museum (Nagano,2013); Kumanokodo Nakahechi Museum of Art (Wakayama,2021), etc. He also has experience in participating in Group Exhibitions in Towada Arts Center (Aomori,2008), Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art (Hokkaido,2010), Meiji Jingu Homotsuden (Tokyo,2021), etc.
Tsuchiya utilized traditional Buddha sculpture techniques to create animals such as deer, fox, cat, dog and mythical beasts. The almost lifelike spiritual animals are exquisite and delicate, but they reveal a sense of mystery. Through his extraordinary sentiments towards the myths in Japanese culture, Tsuchiya bestows his sculptures with the agility of life, mysterious yet graceful.