Kiichi Asano

1914 · Japan

Artist biography

Kiichi Asano is an established artist, who was born and brought up in Japan, like other famous artists such as Kazuyoshi Nomachi, Rei Kawakubo, Chikuunsaiiv Tanabe, Midori Uchida, and Motoï Yamamoto. Kiichi Asano was born in 1914.

About Kiichi Asano's works

Kiichi Asano's work is characteristic of the fields of Figuration and Minimalism. Some world-renowned artists praised for their figurative artworks include Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso or Paul Cézanne. Figurative art is a rather broad category, which can be simply described as being the farthest from abstract art, since it principally consists of the representation of objects or figures holding a strong reference to the real world. Although it can be described as such, Figurative art nonetheless remains highly resourceful and inventive, encompassing a multitude of styles and mediums, spanning from Photorealism to Neo-expressionism.

Towards the end of the 1950s, in New York city, young artists were starting to feel disillusioned in the stagnant state of art, which led to the emergence of the art movement known as Minimalism. Peaking in the 1960s, Minimalism sought to challenge all pre-existing conceptions one would have about art, and get rid of the gestural qualities that used to be deemed as fundamental in previous art movements. Rather than paintings, sculptures became characteristic of the movement, providing the artist with the ability to make use of their physical surroundings, thus offering the viewers a harmonious, truthful experience. The core essence of minimalism was to ground art in its own reality, removing any unessential, decorative aspect. Geometrical shapes became a key element of the movement, with a focus on delivering illusions of spatial depth in the artworks, while remaining clean and purified. Artists like Frank Stella, Dan Flavin or Donald Judd are prominent figures of Minimalism, and were strongly influenced by earlier European abstract movements.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Kiichi Asano is represented by Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco, the United States. Kiichi Asano most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco with the exhibition East Meets West. The exhibition was open from 06 December 2018 until 19 January 2019.

Further Biographical Context for Kiichi Asano

Kiichi Asano was born in 1914 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1930s growing up. Throughout the 1930s, many political ideologies such as Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism were engaged in struggles for power, and epitomised the political atmosphere of the period. n Europe, Surrealism continued to be prominent, and had grown to have influence across the globe. Leading artists took the ideas posed by Surrealism and incorporated them into their pioneering political philosophies, creating a new kind of magic realism. This was epitomised in the work of artists such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Riviera in Mexico.

Kiichi Asano

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