Toshinobu Onosato 小野里利信
Lida City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan 1912-1986


Onosato works with geometric forms, usually circles. From afar, the shapes seem exact, but up close there are clear imperfections. He is considered a pioneer of scientifically oriented design. The patterns create a path for the viewer's eye to follow, and his use of colour works as another guide.  


Museums that hold Onosato's work include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.


Born in Lida City, Nagano Prefecture, 1912. Studied painting in Seifu Tsuda studio, 1931-1934. Exhibited with Nika Association, Tokyo, 1935; member of Jiyu Art Association, Tokyo, 1938-1956. In Manchuria, 1941-1945. Prisoner-of-war, Siberia, 1945-1948. Traveled in Europe and U.S.A., 1964. Has lived in Kiryu City, Gumma Prefecture, since 1922. One-man shows: Takemiya Gallery, Tokyo, 1953; Mimatsu Gallery, Tokyo, 1955; Kabutoya Gallery, Tokyo, 1958; Gres Gallery, Washington, D.C., 1961; Minami Gallery, Tokyo, 1962. In various group exhibitions since 1954, including "Contemporary Trend of Japanese Paintings and Sculptures," National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, 1964; Guggenheim International Award Exhibition, New York, 1964; XXXII Biennale, Venice, 1964; "Moderne Malerei aus Japan," Kunsthaus, Zurich, 1965. Awarded Grand Prize, VII Biennial, Tokyo, 1963. Represented in collections of Museum of Contemporary Art, Nagaoka; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.







Selected as entry for the first Japanese Art Festival, New York  


Selected as Japan's entry for the Venice Biennale.  



Museum of Modern Art, New York, "New Japanese Paintings and Sculpture"  



Exhibited in The Nagano Museum of Modern Arts Show  



Group show,"Moderne Malerei aus Japan," Kunsthaus Zurich  



Exhibited at the Guggenheim international and Venice Biennale  



Included in "Masterpieces of Modern Japanese Art" during the Tokyo Olympics, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo  



Grand Price Tokyo Biennale  



"Abstract and Fantasy" exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.  



"Art of The World Today" exhibition, Tokyo.


Artist : Toshinobu Onosato
Title : B-4, 1960 
Media : Oil/canvas 
Dimensions : 50.1cm x 73cm