Isohi Setsuko Exhibition | Opening Reception | TAI Modern

Isohi Setsuko Exhibition | Japanese Bamboo Art | TAI Modern


July 30 @ 10:00 am - August 28 @ 5:00 pm


TAI Modern

1601 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
+ Google Map
Phone: 505-984 1387

Isohi is one of only a handful of Japanese women to earn recognition in the bamboo arts. Born in Otawara City, Tochigi Prefecture, Isohi studied the Sogetsu style of flower arrangement and the Sencha tea ceremony. Her desire to arrange flowers in her own baskets led her to a class in 1997 with local bamboo teacher Yagisawa Tadashi, son of well-known artist Yagisawa Keizo. Isohi advanced rapidly and her baskets won many awards at the All Japan Amateur Bamboo Art Competitions. One of her award-winning pieces was purchased by the local museum.

Not satisfied with her achievement, she consulted with Katsushiro Soho, a Living National Treasure in Bamboo Art, who lives in Tochigi Prefecture. He encouraged Isohi to submit her work to the Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition, an annual competition among professional artists. In 2005, she became the third woman bamboo artist to gain full membership in the Japan Craft Arts Association.

Among the numerous awards and prizes, Isohi’s biggest achievement was winning Best of Show at the 2010 Japan Traditional Craft Arts Exhibition. There are only three bamboo artists ever to have won this prize in the 62-year history of this prestigious art competition in Japan.

The artist used to hate her given name, “Setsuko,” because of how old-fashioned it sounds. However, since it contains the Chinese character for “bamboo node”, she now likes her name. “I believe it was my destiny to become a bamboo artist.”

TAI Modern is open Monday through Saturday from 10am-5pm.


TAI Modern
(505) 984 1387
Clearly Indigenous | Museum of Indian Arts + Culture

The Museum of Indian Arts + Culture breaks the boundaries of what is deemed traditional Indigenous art, with Clearly Indigenous, May 16, 2021 – June 2022. Clearly Indigenous: Native Visions Reimagined in Glass, is a groundbreaking exhibit of works in glass by 33 Indigenous artists, plus leading glass artist Dale Chihuly who introduced glass art to Indian Country. The two-pronged exhibition focuses on how Native artists have melded ancestral ways with new methods and materials in glass, while concurrently examining … Read More

Albuquerque Museum | Another World

The Albuquerque Museum hosts Another World: The Transcendental Painting Group, June 26 – September 26, 2021. Initiated in Taos in 1938, the Transcendental Painting Group formed to explore a heightened vision of the American landscape. They did so by employing free-wheeling symbols and imagery, drawn from the collective unconscious to depict a transfigured, spiritually alive America. These artists sought to evoke sensuous, synesthetic experiences of nature and the cosmos, often using references to music and esoteric philosophies. This exhibit seeks … Read More

Chaco | Eye on the Mountain Art Gallery

Eye on the Mountain Art Gallery hosts Chaco: New Art Originals by Rachel Houseman, September 4 – October 2, 2021. Eye on the Mountain is Santa Fe’s Premier Sacred & Visionary Fine Art Gallery located in the heart of the Railyard Arts District and the Guadalupe Arts District, featuring unique art from a collective of over 20 artists. Eye on the Mountain Art Gallery is a true collector’s gem! Come and meet the artist September 4th (Opening) and October 2nd … Read More