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Hisao DŌMOTO (1928-2013)

Hisao Domoto was born in 1928 into a famous family of Kyoto. He was surrounded by an artistic environment with his father who was a collector and his uncle who was famous painter. Hisao practiced traditional Japanese painting until 1949 at the Beaux-Arts of Kyoto. His works are well known in Japan, where he knew a big success. Through magazines and the famous salons, occidental art became a field of exploring for the artist.

Hisao Domoto was drawn to surrealism for it’s expressive possibilities, before he embarked on the lyrical abstraction that would shape the proper form of the poetry of his work. Hisao Domoto moved to France in 1955 and continued his artistic career thanks to patronage. The artist became one of the most eminent members of the Gutaï group, a group that made its mark in the history of art, representing a new form of art. His work full of force and energy arose the interest of connoisseurs and collectors. The perseverance of his creation and the renewal of his forms made him an artist apart, a fundamental figure for both the Gutaï movement and for his contemporaries.