Akio Makigawa (1948 -1999)
Mr. Makigawa arrived in Perth in 1974 working as a sail maker before turning to sculpture. After he completed a Bachelor of Arts/ Fine Arts degree at Curtin University he moved to Melbourne where he lived and worked until his death in 1999.
Akio Makigawa is usually associated with public commissions, large scale sculpture that lends a specially dense social inflection to the space round it, by virtue of the intense energy and unrelenting craftsmanship with which each element has been conceived and carved. No doubt this concern originates in his Japanese heritage. His works are recognised as imposing, yet delicate. Simple in element and form, they are deeply harmonious and disarmingly quiet.