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Lived/Active: Japan      Known for: abstract, non-objective

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Biography from Jason Schoen LLC:
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Josaku Maeda studied at the Musashino School of Art in Tokyo in 1953 and became a member of the Free Artists Association in 1955.

He exhibited his works from the early 1950s and had a solo exhibition in 1955 before coming to Paris in 1958 thanks to a scholarship awarded by the Congress for the Freedom of Culture in Japan. He also took part in the exhibition of Japanese contemporay art in Australia and New Guinea.

Maeda exhibited his works several times in Paris and studied abroad between 1959 and 1961 while he invested himself in research on materials adding crumpled paper on the canvas.

Working as an abstract painter he strove to depict the story of the world and man in an approach similar to that of Key Sato and exhaling the Japanese soul in his works.

Beginning in 1979 after experiencing what he described as a "revelatory inspiration" at a waterfall near Seigantoj Temple, Maeda started to create a series of paintings featuring all 33 temples.

Currently Maeda's series of acylic paintings were included in a 2003 one-man exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Kamokura, kanagawa Prefecture. The exhibition "Josaku Maeda: Toward the Mandala" travels to the museums located in the Ibaraki and Niigata Prefectures.

Maeda is professor, president and painter and the Musashino Art University, Japan.

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