An Artist in Paris, Kumi Sugai, from his earliest exhibitions in Paris in the 1950s, was recognised as one of the major artists of his generation. He was born in Hyogo in 1919 and grew up in Osaka. Aged 8, his parents recognized his talent for painting and gave him an oil painting set the following year.
After studying at Osaka School of Fine Arts, he joined the Hankyu Railway in 1937 and designed a number of posters in the advertising department, however painting remained his real interest.
Over his lifetime Sugai’s painting underwent profound changes. Although he had experimented with oil painting at an early age, he began to hesitate between traditional Japanese painting (n
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