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portrait of E. Pijanowski

Eugene Piganowski

Eugene Piganowski was born in 1958 in Detroit, Michigan. He earned a BFA degree from Wayne State University studying under Philip Fike. In 1968 he went on to acquire his MFA Degree at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Birmingham, Michigan. Piganowski extensively studied printmaking and his thesis concentrated on soldered mokume gane. He spent three years in Japan studying at Tokyo University of Art under Yasuki Hiramatsu, a sixth generation metalworker. There he researched Japanese metalwork, but not yet incorporating those techniques and ideas in his work. Eugene taught at California State University in San Diego, California as a one year sabbatical replacement. From there he went to teach at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana. His work is graphic oriented emphasized with a line inlay technique, texture, different alloys of metal and coloration of the metal. When Eugene started collaborative work with his wife, Hiroko, he began to use more copper alloys creating wall pieces and receptacles for functional objects.

Both Eugene and his wife, Hiroko, teach at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.