Kazuya Sakai (1927-2001)
The work of mid-century artist Kazuya Sakai defies categorization, both on ethnographic and stylistic grounds. Abstraction blossomed in Latin America during the post-war period, in large part due to the impetus of external cultural force of increased immigration. Sakai is both a part of this movement and distinct from it as an ethnically Japanese artist trained and formed by the artistic language of Buenos Aires. His oeuvre spans five decades and three continents, reflecting the varying aesthetic of the art world at crucial moments—from gestural expressionism to geometric and systemic abstraction.
Though born in Argentina in 1927, Sakai returned to Japan for school at a young age a
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