Koji Ryui, born 1976 in Japan, is a conceptual sculptor. Ryui completed studies at the Sydney College of the Arts in 2000 and later received a Graduate Diploma of Design from the University of Technology, Sydney, in 2002. Koji Ryui lives and works in Sydney.
Ryui manipulates found commonplace objects such as plastic bags, tape, shelves, and drinking straws into works of art, unleashing a new potential of aesthetic quality in everyday, undesirable items. Ryui’s sculptures invite the contemplation of objects that ordinarily go unnoticed, identifying the possibilities of contemporary unnecessary waste. Ryui is exponentially imaginative in how he transforms the ordinary into pieces of art that transcend the boundaries of their usual purpose or function.
Ryui has presented work in many group exhibitions including PREDICTIVE TXT at Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington (2005); Primavera 2006 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, NSW (2006); Dynamo Hum at Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney (2009); Networks (cells and silos) at Monash University Museum of Art, VIC (2011); and Ten Years of Things at University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane (2012). Recent solo exhibitions of the artist’s work have included Koji Ryui - Soft Landing (2014) and Koji Ryui - Feelings (2013), both at Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney.