YAMAGUCHI Takeo was born in Gyeongseong, the old Seoul of Korea, 1902 and passed away in 1983.
He was considered one the pioneers of abstract art in Japan.
He studied in France and was deeply affected by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and SAEKI Yuzo, who was then in France. In addition, he studied 3D modeling from the famous sculptor Ossip Zadkine.
In 1953, he founded the Japan Abstract Art Club.
In 1954, his works had been exhibited in America Abstract Art Exhibitions, New York. In the same year, he became a professor in Musashino Art University.
As a Japan representative, he exhibited his works in the 3rd Bienal Internacional de Artes de São Paulo, 1955, and the 28th Biennale di Venezia.
Since then, he had been exhibiting his works globally.
In 1961, he was awarded the Minister of Education Award in the event Art Encouragement Japan.
In 1982, as the successor of MIKUMO Shonosuke, he became the 3rd principal of Musashino Art Academy.
His typical work is large area of ochre or reddish brown on black back ground , which is different from the “Hard Edge” abstract art and gives a feeling of warmth.