Born 1942, Nagoya, Japan.
Jun Kaneko studied painting in Japan with Saloshi Ogawa during his adolescence, working in his studio during the day and attending high school in the evening. He came to the United States in 1963 to continue those studies at Chouinard Institute of Art, where his introduction to Fred Marer drew him to sculptural ceramics. He studied ceramics with Peter Voulkos, Paul Soldner, and Jerry Rothman in California during the time now defined as The Contemporary Ceramics Movement in America. The following decade, Kaneko taught at some of the nation’s leading art schools, including Scripps College, Rhode Island School of Design and Cranbrook Academy of Art. Mr. Kaneko’s ceramic, bronze, and glass sculptural work and two-dimmensional artwork appears in numerous solo and group exhibitions annually, and is included in approximately fifty museum collections. He has realized almost thirty public art commissions in the United States and Japan and has been honored with national, state, and organization fellowships and an honorary doctorate from the Royal College of Art in London. Jun established his current studio in Omaha Nebraska in 1990, but has worked at several experimental studios as well, including European Ceramic Work Center in The Netherlands, Otsuka Omi Ceramic Company in Japan, The Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bullseye Glass Factory in Portland, Oregon, Acadia Summer Arts Program in Bar Harbor, Maine, and Aguacate in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He created series of large-scale sculptures from 1982-1983 at his Omaha Project, from 1992-1994 at his Fremont Projject in California, and currently at his Mission Clay Project in Kansas. Recently, Jun designed the set and costumes for a new production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, which premiered at Opera Omaha in March of 2006 and begins touring later this year. He and his wife Ree Kaneko are also in the process of opening KANEKO, a non-profit scholarly and presenting organization for the exploration of creativity in the arts, sciences, and philosophy.
Source: artist's website.