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Japanese, 20th century, male.

Active in the USA.

Born 1931, in Ibaraki Prefecture.

Sculptor, print artist.

Kinetic Art.

Ay-O graduated from the art teaching department of Tokyo Education University in 1954, and moved to New York in 1958. From this date he took part in the Tokyo International Print Biennale and, from ...

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Japanese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1946, in Kagawa Prefecture.

Sculptor, painter, draughtsman, engraver.

Haraguchi Noriyuki studied at Nihon Uni­versity until 1970. His style can be described as Pop Art and he mainly uses heavy materials such as concrete, steel, copper and tar. Work by him was shown at the following: the seventh Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Art (...

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Japanese, 20th century, male.

Born 1943, in Osaka.

Painter, engraver, sculptor.

Inumaki studied sculpture at the teacher training college in Kyoto. After completing his studies, he turned to two-dimensional art, fascinated by problems of pictorial and surface space. His art claims to be neutral in the repetition of simple forms, but proves to be quite attractive beneath an apparent dryness. Lines of movement, created from the clever play of medium on the monochrome surface, break up the austere appearance. He has taken part in numerous group exhibitions since ...

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Japanese, 20th century, male.

Born 1887, in Tokyo; died 1973.

Engraver, sculptor.

First Thursday Society.

Tsuruzo Ishii was the third son of the painter Teiko Ishii and the younger brother of Hakutei Ishii. He obtained his diploma from the university of fine art in Tokyo in ...

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Japanese, 20th century, male.

Active in the USA 1965–1975.

Born 1935, in Tokyo.

Painter, sculptor, engraver.

Isobe graduated in 1956 with a diploma from the department of Western painting at the university of fine art in Tokyo. He took up residence from 1965 for ten years in New York, where he abandoned painting and sculpture. He reappeared on the artistic scene in ...

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Japanese, male.

Active probably in Edo (now Tokyo).

Print artist.

Sources suggest there may have been multiple Kagetoshis. One was a disciple of Utagawa Sadakage. Another, a netsuke carver, was active in the early to mid-19th century; an example of his work, Hotei and Chinese Boys...

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Japanese, 20th century, male.

Active in the USA since 1965.

Born 1931, in Okayama Prefecture.

Print artist, sculptor.

Yasuhide Kobashi graduated from the ceramics department of Kyoto Art School in 1955, but had already started to paint and make woodcuts. He won the 1954 Newcomer’s Prize at the National Painting Academy’s exhibition and would win it again in ...

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Japanese, 20th century, male.

Born 1935, in Tokyo.

Sculptor, print artist.

Beaumont-Maillet, Laure/Woimant, Fran­çoise/Pernoud, Emmanuel: De Bonnard à Baselitz - Dix ans d’enrichissements du Cabinet des estampes 1978–1988, exhibition catalogue, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, 1992.

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Japanese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in France since 1981.

Born 1954, in Okinawa.

Painter, pastellist, sculptor, lithographer.

Manabu Kochi acquired his artistic education on his travels across cultures and civilisations, from Tokyo to Florence, from London to Paris, where he eventually settled. He works in acrylics and oil pastels. He is also a lithographer, which allows him to increase the volume of his graphic work, and a sculptor: some of his sculpture is in cast bronze. His artistic identity is a synthesis of different influences - children’s drawings, Miró, Brauner, and pop art are dominant in his painting; and primitive art, Miró, Arp, and Max Ernst in his sculpture. His paintings and pastels are a maze of simplified images and juxtaposed graphic signs. Françoise Monnin has described his bestiary sculpture as ‘... anatomic fragments: a head on a foot, three fingers on a belly... a man with a leaf for a head beside a feather with a mouth....’...

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Japanese, 20th century, male.

Born 1945, in Tokyo.

Sculptor. Monuments.

Kotaro Kurata studied with the Italian engraver Antonio Benetton. He has taken part in numerous group exhibitions since 1972 and also exhibited in solo shows. He created a monument for Oshima airport. He works essentially in iron....