Seo Makoto was born in Oumi, Shiga Prefecture in 1983. After graduating from both Kanazawa College of Art in Ishikawa Prefecture and Agematsu Technical College in Nagano Prefecture, he moved to Kiso in Nagano. He learned lacquering techniques in Kanazawa and Kiso, both of which are famous for lacquered art, he is still exploring the possibilities of lacquer.
Showing respect for traditional lacquered arts and crafts, he creates his own free and colorful world of lacquer, which differs from convention. His work gives proof that any classification between arts and crafts is meaningless.
In recent years, he has actively collaborated with other artists working with different media, such as bamboo, eggshells and so on. His belief is, as he has said, “It’s important to inspire each other.” The joy of non-verbal dialogue through works fuels his motivation for further creation.