Eiko Kishi was born in 1948 in Nara, Japan, and studied at Tekisui Museum Ceramic Institute and Kyoto Seika University.
Kishi's large and strong abstract sculptures require patience and tenacity. She has perfected her own unique method of incorporating small fragments of crushed coloured clay into her work and, before the clay is dry, scoring the surface with diagonal, vertical and criss-cross lines with a needle. Noh Theatre is one of her sources of inspiration. Her work is represented by major international public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Museum of Scotland, the Museum of Arts & Design in New York, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.