In 1953, Tomioka became the recipient of the 'Shinseisaku' Art Association Award. In 1963, he received the Museum of Modern Art Award at the Sao Paulo Biennale Exhibition and hosted his first solo exhibition in America. He moves to New York in 1965 and held solo shows throughout America. Following his return to Japan in 1972, Tomioka began to paint Japanese landscapes. As he began to paint the local snowscapes of his Niigata hometown, these works formed the beginnings of his iconic 'white' paintings. He later received the prestigious Togo Seiji Art Gallery Award in 1984. Thereafter, he continued to paint 'white worlds' throughout his career, and his self-developed 'Tomioka White' paints are said to never yellow nor peel over time. In 1990, he opened the Tomioka White Museum of Art in Muikamachitown (present-day Minamiuonuma City), Niigata, and built a large collection of works.Read More
Born 1922, Niigata prefecture, Japan, Tomioka passed away 31 May 1994, at 72 years old.
Text courtesy √K Contemporary.