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Takesada Matsutani

1937 Born in Osaka

Artist CV 

Germination 90-7-14
162 x 130 cm
vinyl relief, graphite pencil, acrylic paint,Japanese paper on canvas

50 x 50 x 10 cm
vinyl relief, acrylic and oil paint, wooden stick on plywood

Joint 2-86
162 x 130 x 3.3 cm
vinyl relief, graphite pencil, Japanese paper on canvas

Takesada Matstutani was born in Osaka, Japan in 1937. He initially practiced Nihonga- a traditional Japanese painting genre with the which he explored the theme of survival, reflecting his long battle with illness as a youth. In 1959 Matsutani met Sadamasa Motonaga who introduced him the Gutai group. There he was later exposed to a leader of the Gutai, Jiro Yoshihara's critical approach and guidance. Matsutani underwent a period of experimentation before arriving at his first glue work in 1963 and became a member of the Gutai in the same year. Moving to France on a government scholarship to study abroad in 1966, he found Atelier 17, a printmaking studio run by S.W.Hayter whose work he admired when he was young and became his assistant from 1969 to 1970. Matsutani begun making his works using the graphite pencil form the 1980's. Currently he lives in Paris and he has been active internationally. His works is included in many museum collection in Europa, U.S.A and Japan.