Nankoku studied calligraphy under his father, Tenrai Hidai. Following his father's death, the artist inherited his father's calligraphy research institute, 'Shogakuin'. With this, he began managing thousands of precious cultural artefacts whilst simultaneously reopening the Shogakuin Publishing Department, which published high-quality literature for the purpose of education. In 1945, he created the first avant-garde work in the history of calligraphy, 'Den no Variation' (lit. Lightning Variation), and displayed it the following year, shocking contemporaries. Having held many solo exhibitions in both Tokyo, New York and other major cities, the artist has been invited to participate in contemporary exhibitions and his work has been bought by several prominent collectors, i.e., by MoMA New York.Read More
In addition, Hidai has given talks on calligraphy in 20 universities, such as Princeton and Oxford.
Official Site: http://www.shodo.co.jp/nankoku/
Text courtesy √K Contemporary.