Jun Kaneko was born in Nagoya, Japan in 1942 and came to the United States in 1963 to study at Chouinard Institute of Art in Los Angeles, California. He was attracted to the world of ceramics and became a part of what later came to be known as the Contemporary Ceramics Movement. His technical skills and tendency for pushing artistic boundaries have led him to extraordinary accomplishments in public art, set design, and architectural projects. He has taught at universities all over the United States, and his work is featured in more than 70 museum collections. He has designed three operas since 2003-Mozart's The Magic Flute, Puccini's Madama Butterfly, and Beethoven's sole opera Fidelio-which have been part of an artistic rethinking of classic operas.