Jim Waid, Zachariah Rieke, Yoshitomo Saito and Bob Smith

William Havu Gallery

January 19 - March 3, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday January 19th from 6-9pm

William Havu Gallery
1040 Cherokee Street
Denver CO 80204


Yoshitomo Saito was born in 1958 in Tokyo, Japan. After finishing college work and some professional training in glassblowing, Saito came to the United States to study glass art at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. Yoshitomo Saito relocated to the Bay Area in 1983 to attend the California College of the Arts in Oakland. At CCA, he studied glass under Marvin Lipofsky and sculpture under Dennis Leon and Linda Fleming. It was during this period that Saito began using bronze. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture with High Distinction in 1987.

Immediately after graduating, Saito began exhibiting his work at leading contemporary art showcases in San Francisco, including the world renowned Haines Gallery. Saito received the Visual Artists Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1994. His bronze is included in many prestigious collections in the Bay Area such as the city of San Francisco own M.H. de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and the city of Oakland Museum of California.

Since moving to Colorado in 2006, Saito has had numerous solo and group shows in galleries, arts centers and museums in the state and joined the William Havu Gallery in 2017.

February 3 - May 6, 2018, The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center presents, YOSHITOMO SAITO : MILLIONYEARSEEDS
Bill Havu, whose namesake William Havu Gallery is one of the top art venues in town, focuses on work by artists living in this part of the country - not just Colorado, but New Mexico, Arizona, California, Texas, Wyoming and even such unexpected places as Nebraska and Kansas. While all of the artists are from the West, the work Havu selects reflects international trends in contemporary art, though often with a distinct cultural tweak reflecting the region. Artists represented by Havu are typically mid-career, with substantial talents,including Amy Metier, Emilio Lobato, Virgil Ortiz, Nancy Lovendahl and Tony Ortega. A lot of people have the idea that art made by people living in this part of the country will be filled with kitsch depictions of cowboys, Indians, horses, buffaloes and coyotes; one visit to William Havu Gallery will dispel that false impression once and for all.