(1904 - 2001)
Yoshishige Saito was active/lived in Japan. Yoshishige Saito is known for painting; sculpture.
A leader of the Japanese abstract art movement, Saito Yoshishige
influenced a generation of artists. Mono-ha [School of Things] evolved
in the late 1960s in part from his teachings; a movement that is
considered to have changed the course of Japanese art by placing Asia at
the center, rather than on the fringe, of contemporary artistic
practice and discussion.
Saito was a professor of Tama Art University, Tokyo from 1964 until 1973
and his teachings included encouraging his students to create art that
was modern but not constrained by Western concepts. Several of his
students became central figures of the Mono-ha movement, including
Sekine Nobuo, Suga Kishio and
Saito remained creatively active in his later life, holding an
exhibition at Nizayama Forest Art Museum in Toyama Prefecture in 1998,
and producing work right up until his death in 2001.