Koichiro Wakamatsu


  • Blue-A

  • Illusion of the Season

  • Composition

  • Still Life with Skull

  • Composition 12.3-83

  • Sound of the Forest


1914 Born in Iwaki city, Fukushima
1933 Entered Tokyo Fine Arts School, oil painting dept, and learned under Takeji Fujishima
1945 Experiences the blast of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. Later that year, returned to his hometown in Fukushima after WWII ended
1955 Launched a group called Humanité in Iwaki, Fukushima
1995 Died at age 81

Koichiro Wakamatsu (1914-1995) was born in Iwaki, Fukushima. A collage artist, he studied under Takeji Fushijima at Tokyo Fine Arts School, and was associated with the Ikebukuro Montparnasse (an avant-garde artist village).

While stationed in Ujina, Hiroshima, Wakamatsu experienced the blast of the atomic bomb first hand. Following WWII, The artist returned to his hometown, Fukushima, and continued to paint. The experience and trauma of the war would remain in his memory for the rest of his life and would notably impact the works of his later years.

From the 1960s, he would transition towards abstraction, and would eventually begin creating the collages that is best known for. Inspired by the tenants of Neorealism, Wakamatsu’s work plays the connection between life and art, especially through music. This pursuit would be reflected in his artwork throughout his life.

[Solo Exhibitions]

1961 First solo exhibition in Tokyo at Takekawa Gallery

1968 Solo exhibition at Taira City Hall, Iwaki city, Fukushima

1983 Solo exhibition at Striped House Museum, Tokyo

1985 Exhibition “Half a century of Koichiro Wakamatsu” held at Iwaki city Museum

1996 Exhibition “The world of Koichiro Wakamatsu” held at Ikeda 20th century museum

2010 Exhibition at Iwaki City Art museum

2018 Koichiro Wakamatsu Exhibition – Song of the Earth – at Kashima Arts, Tokyo

[Group Exhibitions]

1937 Participated in The Second Shinseisaku Exhibition. Continued to participate till end of his day


1983 Won the first the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Regional Cultural Merits Award