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Tadaaki Kuwayama Biography

Born in 1932 in Nagoya, Japan, and first exhibited at New York's Green Gallery in 1961, his hybrid nihonga and reductivist painting style during his early career pioneered the American Minimalist movement in the 1960s and 1970s.

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A student of the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Kuwayama practiced nihonga, the traditional Japanese painting method using mineral pigments and paper, which is representative of his early works. Upon graduation in 1956, he moved to the United States with his wife, artist Rakuko Naito, ultimately settling in New York City (around the same time as Yayoi Kusama) where he continues to live and work today.

His art practice began to evolve in the 1960s with the emergence of monochromatic acrylic paintings using experimental pigments such as car paint spray, incorporating industrial materials into his pieces.

Nonaka-Hill presented Kuwayama’s first solo exhibition on the West Coast from 12 January–16 February 2019.

Text courtesy Nonaka-Hill.

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Untitled (TK 194) by Tadaaki Kuwayama contemporary artwork mixed media
Tadaaki Kuwayama Untitled (TK 194), 1996 Metallic paint, bakelite on plywood with aluminium angle
140 x 17.8 cm
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TK10260-68 by Tadaaki Kuwayama contemporary artwork painting
Tadaaki Kuwayama TK10260-68, 1968 Acrylic on canvas
152 x 79.4 cm
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TK17-7_8-12 by Tadaaki Kuwayama contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, print, mixed media, textile
Tadaaki Kuwayama TK17-7_8-12, 2012 Anodised titanium
19.8 x 19.8 cm
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TK2648-5_8-78 by Tadaaki Kuwayama contemporary artwork painting
Tadaaki Kuwayama TK2648-5_8-78, 1978 Acrylic and tape on canvas
123 x 123 cm
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TK5233-5_8-69 by Tadaaki Kuwayama contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Tadaaki Kuwayama TK5233-5_8-69, 1969 Acrylic on canvas with aluminium strip
85.4 x 85.7 cm
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Untitled (TK4824-92) by Tadaaki Kuwayama contemporary artwork painting
Tadaaki Kuwayama Untitled (TK4824-92), 1992 Oil on paper on board with aluminum angle
30 x 61 cm
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Untitled (TK5318-5-1/2) by Tadaaki Kuwayama contemporary artwork painting
Tadaaki Kuwayama Untitled (TK5318-5-1/2), 1989 Oil on paper on board
40 x 14 x 46 cm
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Untitled (TK8029-3/4-18) by Tadaaki Kuwayama contemporary artwork painting
Tadaaki Kuwayama Untitled (TK8029-3/4-18), 1968 Acrylic on canvas with aluminum strip
76 x 76 cm
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