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Kazuhiro Tsuji

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Kazuhiro Tsuji is a contemporary hyper-realist sculptor living and working in Los Angeles. After working 25 years as a special effects makeup artist in Hollywood, Kazu decisively shifted focus in 2008, dedicating himself full time to fine art sculpture. Using resin, platinum silicone, and many other materials, Kazu constructs three-dimensional portraits in a scale two times life size.

Kazu is a self taught pioneer in the craft of using contemporary materials to create the illusion of life. Having discovered the art of special effects makeup for himself while perusing American magazines as a teenager, he developed skills through mimicry, trial and error. In 1987, he found the address for Dick Smith in Fangoria Magazine and initiated a pen pal student/mentor relationship with him which eventually resulted in Kazu’s first film gig fresh out of high school. As an early pioneer in Japan, Kazu founded one of the country’s first companies of its kind, Makeup and Effects Unlimited, and worked with director Akira Kurosawa in the production of “Rhapsody in August“.

These experiences made him the obvious choice to instruct the first classes dedicated to the emerging craft of special effects makeup at the newly founded Yoyogi Animation Institute. In 1996, Kazu was sponsored by Rick Baker to work on “Men In Black” in the USA. This prompted a decade-long collaboration with Baker where Kazu was project supervisor and makeup artist. In 2007, Kazu started KTS Effects Inc. in Los Angeles. In retrospect his film career had served as a laboratory for developing cutting edge styles of portrait painting, photography, and sculpture. This led to a collaboration with Contemporary Artist Paul McCarthy where Kazu was hired to supervise the projects that have become some of McCarthy’s latest major works.

Currently, Kazu is primarily focused on producing large scale hyper-realist portrait sculpture in his custom built modeling and casting studio in Burbank. The recent work he has exhibited widely at major art fairs and museums, has magnetized the attention from collectors, press, and visiting art enthusiasts alike.

Selected Group Exhibitions
2015 1) “20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz” – Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles CA
2) “Conjoined V” – Copro Gallery, Los Angeles CA
3) LA Art Show – Copro Gallery booth, Los Angeles CA
2014 1) Scope Art Show Miami – Copro Gallery booth, Miami FL
2) “Conjoined IV” – Copro Gallery, Los Angeles CA
2013 1) Scope Art Show Miami – Copro Gallery booth, Miami FL
2) Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library
3) “Life and Times of Abraham Lincoln” – Portrait of Lincoln, Simi Valley CA
4) “Conjoined III”- Portrait of Lincoln Los Angeles CA
5) International Make-up Artist Trade Show – London United Kingdom
6) International Make-up Artist Trade Show – New York, NY
7) International Make-up Artist Trade Show – Los Angeles California
8) “Dream Out Loud”- Portrait of Lincoln, documentary
2011-
present
1) Paul McCarthy Studios
2) Project supervisor
3) HAUSER & WIRTH
4) Paul McCarthy Life Cast
5) Paul McCarthy WS

 

Film Works
2011-2012 1) “Hemingway and Gellhorn” Attaboy Film
Nicole Kidman Aging make-up designer
2) “Looper” Endgame Entertainment
Joseph Gordon Levitte make-up designer
3) ” Killing Them Softly”
4) “Total Recall” Columbia Pictures: Special effects make-up designer
2010 1) “Rise of the planet of the Apes” 20th Century Fox: Ape designer
2) “Tron Legacy ” Walt Disney Pictures: Special Effects make-up designer
2009 1) “SALT” Columbia Pictures: Prosthetic make-up Designer for Angelina Jolie
2) “TRAMSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN” Dream Works SKG: Special effects make-up artist
3) “ANGELS & DEMONS” Columbia Pictures: Special effects make-up artist
2004-2008 1) Make-up designer , project supervisor for Rick Baker’s Cinovation Studios,Inc.
2) “THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON”: The Kennedy/Marchall Company 2008
3) “TROPIC THUNDER” DREAM WARKS SGK 2008
4) “ENCHATED” Walt Disney Pictures2006
5) “NORBIT” Dream Works SGK 2006
6) “CLICK” Columbia Pictures 2005
7) “RING 2” Dream Works SGK 2004
1996-2003 1) Make-up designer, project supervisor for Rick Baker’s Cinovation Studios,Inc
2) “CURSED” Miramax/Dimension Films 2003
3) “HELLBOY” Revolution Studios 2003
4) “THE HAUNTED MANSION” The Walt Disney Co. 2003
5) “THE RING” Works SKG 2002
6) “MEN IN BLACK Ⅱ” Columbia TriStar/Amblin 2002
7) “PLANET OF THE APES” 20th Century Fox 2001
8) “HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS”: Imagine Entertainment/Universal Studios 2000: Make-up Artist for Jim Carrey as “The GRINCH”
9) “THE NUTTY PROFESSOR Ⅱ” Imagine Entertainment/Universal Studio 2000
10) “WILD WILD WEST” Warner Bros Pictures 1999
11) “LIFE” Universal Studios 1999
12) “Mighty Joe Young” The Walt Disney Co. 1998
13) “THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE” Warner Bros Pictures 1997
14) “A THOUSAND ACRES” Via Rosa Productions 1997
15) “MEN IN BLACK” Columbia/TriStar/Amblin 1997
16) “BATMAN & ROBIN” Warner Bros Pictures 1997
17) “CRITICAL CARE” Live Entertainment 1997
1992-1996 1) Head instructor and supervisor at Yoyogi Animation Gakuinn Tokyo JAPAN
2) Owner of Make-up and Effects Unlimited
3) “RHAPSODY IN AUGUST” Akira Kurosawa Productions 1991
4) “MINNBOU NO ONNA” Toho-Itami Productions 1993
5) And 16 Japanese Films and TV shows
1988-1990 1) Make-up artist, project supervisor, art director sculptor painter
2) Make-up Dimensions
3) 11 Japanese films and TV shows