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The Portfolio of Sculptor and Designer Shoko César

A sculpture of a live model made in raw claylive model from clay

Kanyamashokoro (Shoko) César is a sculptor and designer. In his sculpture, Shoko takes a constructive, gestural approach, creating forms that suggest figuration and pose through large, confident movements and and cuts made through the clay.

A sculpture after Rodin's BalzacRodin's Balzac interpretation

I enjoy the way that Shoko leaves his figures partially unfinished, combining a capable expression of form with an apparent appreciation for the raw textures and imperfections of natural clay. The sculptures are set but never painted, always leaving the viewer to contemplate the visual tension between the emerging figure, and the sculptural object’s continued existence as a piece of clay. 

A screen capture of Shoko Cesar's art portfolio


A recent work of Shoko’s is modelled after Auguste Rodin’s sculpture of the French novelist Balzac. The original work is famous for its emphasis on capturing a persona more than a physical likeness: a notion that seems perfectly in line with Shoko’s method of working.

A sculpture of a figure made in raw claylive model from clay

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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