Description Konishiki Yasokichi, is a Hawaiian-born JapaneseSamoan former sumo wrestler. He was the first foreign-born wrestler to reach ozeki, the second highest rank in the sport. During his career he won the top division championship on three occasions and came close to becoming the first foreign-born grand champion, or yokozuna, prompting a debate as to whether a foreigner could have the necessary cultural understanding to be acceptable in sumo's ultimate rank. At a peak weight of 630 lbs he was also the heaviest rikishi ever in sumo, earning him the nickname 'The Dump Truck.Konishiki won a total of 733 bouts, including 649 in the top division over a sixteen year career that ended with his retirement in 1998. This mixed media painting on archival paper is 37'x50', the character in the upper right is from the 'Book of I Ching' and means contemplation. I took some license and introduced the energy of Maori tattoo's to his portrait.The original now resides in the art collection of a producer friend of the new current TV show 'Pan Am'All Rights Reserved by Armen Kojoyian
Armen Kojoyian, NYC Member Since December 2007 Artist Statement Unique vibrant original art and photography by Armen Kojoyian™ displayed in these galleries show versatile talents from the fine art world to graphic design. Kojoyian's artwork in this Imagekind Gallery is expertly reproduced with fine archival inks on deluxe archival papers.
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