Norio Imai

1946 · Japan

Artist biography

Norio Imai is regarded as a well established artist, who was born and brought up in Japan. Norio Imai was born in 1946. Also born in Japan around 1946 and of the same generation are Kishio Suga and Hiroshi Sugimoto.

Galleries

Norio Imai's work is on display in several galleries around the world, in countries such as France, Belgium, and the United States. The galleries exhibiting Norio Imai's work include Alice Black in the United Kingdom, Axel Vervoordt Gallery in Belgium, as well as Galerie Richard | Paris in France.

Further Biographical Context for Norio Imai

Born in 1946, Norio Imai was primarily influenced by the 1960s. Historically established in the context of the Cold War, the 1960s symbolize an extremely powerful era which generated an important number of breaks and questioned the order of all things. In Europe, The Iron Curtain and the Berlin wall would eternally mark people and beliefs, while in the U.S, events such as the Cuban missile crisis and Vietnam war would forever impact generations to come. From education to gender issues and ideologies, a re-definition of social standards in Western society followed, with ground-breaking philosophies and movements evolving in a cradle of innovation. Honesty and an emptiness of emotions were key concepts in the highly influential movement of Minimalism, embodied by artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Bored of the gestural elements of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalist artists focused on producing artworks mainly composed of polished, pure lines and geometrical elements. Delving further into some of the concepts inherent to Abstract Expressionism, artists like Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler practiced Colour Field Painting – decidedly relating to Minimalism, with an essentially ruled-based approach, emptied of any emotional aspect. Several schools of philosophy profoundly influenced creatives, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti were artists heavily seduced by the ideas of Existentialism, who achieved worldwide success through their depiction of the human form and the lament often linked to the human condition. Internationally, an important number of art movements resounded with the radical changes of the 1960s, often prone to their own regional distinctions. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni initiated Spatialism, while in Germany, the Zero group adopted similar ideas under the leadership of Günther Uecker.

Norio Imai

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