(1889 - 1953)
Yasuo Kuniyoshi was active/lived in New York, California / Japan. Yasuo Kuniyoshi is known for modernist figure, genre, still life and landscape painting.
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Biography Yasuo Kuniyoshi
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A modernist painter, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, known as "Yas", combined in his
figures, animals and still life elements of 19th-century folk art,
Japanese motif, and modernist European and American art with a
whimsical approach of his own. His work had precise
draftsmanship, symbolism, decorative imagery, and he took real-world
themes and injected them with fantasy and a tone of moodiness.
Some of his work was decorative such as the Art-Deco motif wall
paintings he did for the women's lounge in Radio City Music Hall in New
He was a native of Japan, born in Okayama, and attended elementary and
technical schools there, studying dyeing and weaving. He came to
the United States at age sixteen with his
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