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

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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.

 

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

1966   

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

 

Selected as Japan's entry for the Venice Biennale.  

 

1965–1966 

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

 

1965–1966 

Exhibited in The Nagano Museum of Modern Arts Show  

 

1965   

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

 

1964   

Exhibited at the Guggenheim international and Venice Biennale  

 

1964   

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

 

1963   

Grand Price Tokyo Biennale  

 

1956   

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

 

1956   

"Art of The World Today" exhibition, Tokyo.

 

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