Keizo Kitajima

1954 · Japan

Artist biography

Keizo Kitajima is seen as an established artist, who originates from Japan, like other prominent artists such as Takahiro Kaneyama, Nobuyuki Takahashi, Shusaku Arakawa, Katsushika Hokusai, and Mamiko Otsubo. Keizo Kitajima was born in 1954.

Keizo Kitajima's Gallery representation

Keizo Kitajima is represented by Little Big Man Gallery in Los Angeles, the United States.

Further Biographical Context for Keizo Kitajima

Born in 1954, Keizo Kitajima was primarily influenced by the 1970s growing up. The art sphere of the 1970s was characterized by a longing to grow and strengthen itself, as a reaction to the many tensions of the previous decade. One of the most important movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which appeared as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative voyage of Process art emerged by combining essential features of Conceptualism with further reflections on art itself. The earliest ideas of environmentalism sprung from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, carving the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the regression of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly resurfaced and regained its prominence, especially in Germany through the works of critically acclaimed figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the leading artistic figures of the 1960s remained highly influential and admired throughout the 1970s. Andy Warhol, for instance, fortified his reputation as a legendary artist, by branching out into film and magazine publishing, thus introducing a ground-breaking concept of cross-cultural activity for a visual artist of such popularity In the eastern part of the globe, Japanese and Korean artists who held a strong interest in the European ideologies of phenomenology, allied with the Mono-Ha movement, exploring and shifting the boundaries between natural and industrial materials. Using stone, glass, cotton, sponge, wood, oil and water, they aimed to give life to artworks that would accentuate the ephemeral state of these various elements and their surroundings, playing with their interdependency.

Keizo Kitajima

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