Satoru Abe is an American painter and sculptor. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1926. He attended President William McKinley High School, where he took art lessons from Shirley Ximena Hopper Russell. In 1948, after spending a summer at the California School for Fine Arts, he decided to pursue an art career in New York City and attended the Art Students League of New York where he studied with George Grosz, Louis Bouche and Jon Carrol. He married a fellow student and returned to Hawaii in 1950 with his wife, Ruth, and daughter Gail. After returning to Hawaii, Abe met local artist Isami Doi, who would become a close friend and mentor, and began a series of copper work experiments with fellow artist Bumpei Akaji. In 1956, Abe returned to New York and found a creative home at The Sculpture Center, where his original work attracted the attention of gallery owners and others. In 1963, Abe was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Abe returned to Hawai'i in 1970. Along with Bumpei Akaji, Edmund Chung, Tetsuo Ochikubo, Jerry T. Okimoto, James Park, and Tadashi Sato, Satoru Abe was a member of the Metcalf Chateau, a group of seven Asian-American artists with ties to Honolulu.
Abe is best known for his sculptures of abstracted natural forms, many of which resemble trees. The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, the Honolulu Academy of Arts and the Hawaii State Art Museum are among the public collections holding works of Satoru Abe. His sculptures in public places include:
Three Rocks on a Hill, Honolulu Community College, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1975
Among the Ruins, Leeward Community College, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1973
Tree of Knowledge, Nanakuli High and Intermediate School, Nanakuli, Hawaii, 1971
Enchanting Garden, President William McKinley High School, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1983
Three Clouds, Honolulu International Airport, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1974
An Island of Trees, Honolulu International Airport, Diamond Head Extension, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1987
The Seed, Farrington High School, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1996
Reaching for the Sun, Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1997
Early Spring, Aiea High School, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1976
A Community Surrounded by Sugar Cane, Kaimiloa Elementary School, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1978.
Moon Beyond the Fence, Pearl City High School, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1981
Spring, Summer, Autumn, James B. Castle High School, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1980.
Five Logs on a Hill, Kau High and Pahala Elementary School, Pahala, Hawaii, 1975
Landscape on the Ocean, Waiakea High School, Waiakea, Hawaii, 1983
Reaching for the Sun, Iao School, Wailuku, Hawaii, 1981
A Path Through the Trees, Maui High School, Kahului, Hawaii, 1977
Trees, Vines, Rocks, and Petroglyphs, Lanai Community School, Lanai City, Hawaii, 1976
Boulders, Salt Pond and Taro Fields, Eleele Elementary School, Eleele, Hawaii, 1989
Aged Tree, Kauikeaouli Hale, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1976
Untitled sculpture, Leilehua High School, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1976
Volcano, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1980
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