Artist: Leo Amino

Wright celebrates the pioneering artistry of sculptor Leo Amino. We have presented a wide range of works by Amino, who is most notable for his exquisite bio-morphic wooden sculptures and space-light creations in plastic. Wright dominates the market and holds the top 10 records for Amino's work at auction and more!

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Leo Amino

Spatial Exploration in Amino's Mobile

At a young age, Amino was employed by a Japanese wood importing company, which spurred his interest in wood. The fledgling artist would spend his free time carving simplified, anthropomorphized forms, similar to Neolithic art, with an exaggerated simplicity honed later as the artist developed his talent. To Amino, the wood grains, surfaces and natural nuances allowed the medium to dictate how the forms would eventually emerge. Nature’s simple, consistent beauty spoke to the artist as he continued his direct-carving and formal approach to sculpture.

Leo Amino 1911–1989

Leo Amino was born in Taiwan in 1911 and spent his childhood in Tokyo. He traveled to the United States in 1929 where he pursued a degree at a Junior College in San Mateo, California. Two years later, Amino enrolled in a liberal arts program at New York University, completing only one year before taking a job with a Japanese wood importing firm that specialized in distributing pre-cut Macassar ebony to manufacturers. Intrigued by the qualities of the wood, Amino took samples home and experimented with carving them. Recognizing his talent, Amino enrolled in the American Artists School in New York in 1937 where he briefly studied direct carving techniques under Chaim Gross.

Amino’s work was exhibited in the 1939 World’s Fair in New York and he had his first solo exhibition one year later. One of the first American artists to use plastic, Amino began experimenting with the material as early as the 1940s. Amino taught at Black Mountain College in North Carolina from 1947-1950 and at Cooper Union from 1952-1977. Throughout his long career, Amino’s works exhibited sculptural prowess, a mastery of form and material imbued with human emotion. His work is in the permanent collections of several museums including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.  

Amino’s work was exhibited in the 1939 World’s Fair in New York and he had his first solo exhibition one year later. One of the first American artists to use plastic, Amino began experimenting with the material as early as the 1940s. Amino taught at Black Mountain College in North Carolina from 1947-1950 and at Cooper Union from 1952-1977. Throughout his long career, Amino’s works exhibited sculptural prowess, a mastery of form and material imbued with human emotion. His work is in the permanent collections of several museums including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.  

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