Tomio MIKI (1937-1978)


Born January 18, 1937 in Tokyo ~ died February 15, 1978 in Kyoto.
Attended Tokyo Koshu Eisei Gijutsu Gakko (curr. Kubota Riyo Biyo Senmon Gakko). Later entered the education department of Chuo Bijutsu Gakuen. Participated in the 1958 Yomiuri Independent Exhibition at age 20, and in 1963 held his first solo exhibition where he debuted the "Ear" series. He created many cast brass and cast aluminum sculptures with the motif of the human ear.


Did set design for the 1966 film "The Face of Another" (_dir. Teshigahara Hiroshi, based on the novel by Abe Kobo). Participated in exhibitions like the Venice Biennale and the Sao Paulo Biennale. Created a large-scale concrete ear for the 1970 World Fair. Stayed in New York for one year after receiving a scholarship from the Rockefeller Foundation, and lived there for several months 2 years before his death as well. He created the cast for "Ear with wings", but it was destroyed before a piece could be made from it.
Passed away suddenly in 1978 at the age of 41.
"Miki Tomio: Special Exhibiton" was held at the Shoto Museum in Shibuya in 1992.


"Favorite ash tray"



"Ear - wood"

Wood, aluminum






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