Kayama Matazō

(Description) Matazo Kayama is a Japanese painter born in Kyoto Prefecture in 1927. His grandfather was a painter of the Shijo Maruyama School, and his father was a costume designer in Nishijin, Kyoto, so he was familiar with painting from an early age. In 1949, he graduated from the school and studied under the Japanese-style painter Yamamoto Kyujin. After graduating from art school in 1949, he studied under the Japanese-style painter Yamamoto Kyujin, and became one of the innovators of postwar Japanese-style painting in the Sōsō Bijutsu (founded in 1948, later renamed Sōga-kai), which was formed by 13 painters including Uemura Shōkō, Akino Fuminori, and his teacher Yamamoto. Inspired by a wide range of Western paintings from the Lascaux cave murals to Bruegel, Rousseau, and Picasso, he incorporated their techniques into his own Japanese-style paintings with a modern sensibility. His highly decorative works such as "Spring and Autumn Waves" (1966) and "Thousand Cranes" (1970) have been called "modern Rimpa school". In the late 1970s, he began working in earnest on ink painting, which resulted in such works as "Sumi Dragon" (1984), a painting on the ceiling of the main hall of Minobusan Kuonji Temple. In 2003, he was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit, but passed away in 2004. He was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit in 2003, but passed away in 2004. In 2009, five years after his death, a large-scale retrospective exhibition, "Matazo Kayama Exhibition," was held at the National Art Center, Tokyo.


Size: 28 x 35.1 cm

Medium:Paper, color, signed and sealed, with certificate of authenticity by Tetsuya Kayama

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