Yuri Tsuzuki

Metal, Clay, Mixed Media (Intertnational)
Greenville, SC

South Carolina has been Yuri’s home since the 1960s when she moved there from Japan. Her grandfather and father traveled to South Carolina from Nagoya to build the first of many textile mills in the South. As a child shuttled back and forth, her only constants were the two trees in her respective gardens: A magnolia tree and a cherry tree.

“I believe that the way we see and interpret the world is imprinted upon us as a child. Having been brought up between Japan and Greenville, the way nature is experienced and appreciated in these two cultures greatly influences and informs how I work as an artist.”

Yuri’s approach is to abandon preconception. To thoughtfully let go. The material — whether paper, wood, or steel — is approached with humility and an understanding of its innate properties. Paper tears. Wood rots. Steel is too heavy to lift.

Sentinel - Steel Art by Yuri Tsuzuki at Art on 7th Art Gallery

Blue Tree

20 x 11 x 8
Recycled steel, welded, powder coated

Red Papillon - Steel Art by Yuri Tsuzuki at Art on 7th Art Gallery

Red Papillon

27.5 x 33.25 x .75
Recycled steel, welded, powder coated

Red Dog - Steel Art by Yuri Tsuzuki at Art on 7th Art Gallery

Red Dog

21.5 x 20 x 9
Stainless steel, welded, powder coated

Little Tree - Steel Art by Yuri Tsuzuki at Art on 7th Art Gallery

Little Tree

12.5 x 5.5 x 3.5
Recycled steel, welded, powder coated

Her Presence - Steel Art by Yuri Tsuzuki at Art on 7th Art Gallery

Her Presence

22.5 x 16.75 x 8
Recycled steel, welded, powder coated

Green Echoes - Mixed Media by Yuri Tsuzuki at Art on 7th Art Gallery

Green Echoes

48 x 48 x 1.5
Mixed media on canvas

Forest Meditation - Mixed Media by Yuri Tsuzuki at Art on 7th Art Gallery

Forest Meditation

48 x 48 x 1.5
Mixed media on canvas

Fireflies - Mixed Media by Yuri Tsuzuki at Art on 7th Art Gallery

Fireflies

18 x 14 x .75 each (Polyptych)
Mixed Media on Canvas

Encircled - Mixed Media by Yuri Tsuzuki at Art on 7th Art Gallery

Encircled

67.5 x 20 x .75
Mixed media on canvas

Crescendo I and II - Mixed Media by Yuri Tsuzuki at Art on 7th Art Gallery

Crescendo I and II

24 x 18 x 1.25 (Diptych)
Mixed Media on Canvas

Blue Tree - Steel Art by Yuri Tsuzuki at Art on 7th Art Gallery

Sentinel

21 x 17 x 8
Recycled steel, welded, powder coated

Unfolding - Steel Art by Yuri Tsuzuki at Art on 7th Art Gallery

Unfolding

15.5 x 12 x 2.2
Recycled steel, welded, powder coated

Forest Meditation

48 x 48 x 1.5
Mixed media on canvas

“My art has taken me to far-flung places around the globe. For five years, I lived in Bogota, Colombia. Bogota is a chaotic place, a city that is not easy. But it was there that I found my calling: My love for steel. I learned to weld with motorcycle repair guys. These guys were tough and their Spanish, rough. But they taught me basic welding. I know they were amused by my presence in their environment of dirt, grit, and grease. But I found a place, a place to create, a place to learn, and I loved their company. They never asked me what I was making — if it was art. They never asked me if I would be back the next day. We all lived in the present.”
Yuri Tsuzuki