Born in Ishikawa Prefecture in 1932; lives and works in Ibaraki Prefecture.
Guest Professor at the graduate school of the Kanazawa College of Art. Ito has been exploring new territory in contemporary art with his three-dimensional figures, sculptures and prints made of clay, which also incorporate traditional pottery techniques such as those of Kasama-yaki. In addition to participating in Triennale-India (1978) and the Venice Biennale (1984), he has had a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (2009). For KENPOKU ART 2016, he is installing pieces of crumpled ceramic that he calls Tananmentai (“soft polyhedra”) over a large portion of the garden at the Hozumi Residence in Takahagi. The Tananmentai in this exhibition have been given a glossy blue pearl finish, and the set-up is designed to reflect and scatter the sunlight coming from the sky.