Tadashi Sugimata


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Sugimata Tadashi was born in Tokyo in 1914 and grew up in Himeji, Hyogo. He learned the basics of oil painting during middle school, and further studied oil painting at Tokyo Fine Arts School (current Tokyo
University of the Arts). Although Sugimata started his career as a surrealist artist, influenced by the Informel movement, he shifted to abstract expression in later years, and from 1960’s he started creating his most well-known Kikko (Tortoise shell) series which led to winning the Bridgestone Museum of Art Award. He exhibited at numerous domestic and international exhibitions including Venice and Sao Paulo Biennales, and he received number of awards throughout his career. His contribution to Japanese art world was well recognized and received the 31th Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts in 1981 and Orders of the Sacred Treasure in 1986. He also contributed to the education of young artists as a professor of Tama Art University and Tokyo University of the Arts.

[Solo Exhibitions]

1951 Solo exhibition, Takemiya Gallery, Tokyo

1952 Solo exhibition, Form Gallery, Tokyo

1960 Exhibited at Pintura Japonesa Contemporanea at Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro Held “Sugimata Tadashi Exhibition” produced by Takiguchi Shuzo

1967 Solo exhibition “Tadashi Sugimata Collage and Sketch”, No.7 Gallery, Tokyo

1982 Solo exhibition, Ueda Gallery, Tokyo, Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo

1984 Solo exhibition, Ueda Gallery, Tokyo, Ware house 

1987 Solo exhibition “Tadashi Sugimata”, Himeji City Museum of Art, Hyogo, O Art Museum, Toyko

1989 Solo exhibition, Ueda Gallery, Tokyo

1993 Solo exhibition, UCP Ueda Gallery, Tokyo, UCP Decor Gallery, Tokyo


[Group Exhibitions]

1958 Exhibited at XI Premio Lissone along with Yoshishige Saito, Shiraga Kazuo and others

1961 Exhibited at Ⅵ Bienal De Sao Paulo along with Saito Yoshishige, Hisao Domoto and others

1962 Exhibited at 31th Biennale di Venezia


1939 Won the Dokuritsu Kyokai Award at the 9th Dokuritsu Exhibition
Founded Bijutsu Bunka Kyokai

1958 Won the Excellence Award at the 3rd Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan

1961 Won the Bridgestone Museum of Art Award at The Japan International Art Exhibition

1963 Won the Excellence Award at the 7th Japan International Art Exhibition

1981 Awarded The Education Minister’s Prize of Selected Art

1986 Received Orders of the Sacred Treasure

[Public Collection]

Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo)/ Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (Tokyo)/The University Art Museum of Tokyo University of The Arts (Tokyo)/ Itabashi Art Museum (Tokyo) /O Art Museum (Tokyo) / Himeji City Museum of Art (Himeji) / Tomioka Art Museum, Ichiro Fukuzawa
Museum (Gunma) / Niigata City Art Museum (Niigata) /Nishinomiya City Otani Memorial Art Museum(Hyogo) / Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art (Hyogo) / Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art(Kitakyushu) / Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art (Aichi) / The World Children’s Art Museum in Okazaki(Aichi) / Kurashiki City Art Museum (Okayama) / Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art (Hiroshima)/ Wakayama Museum of Modern Art (Wakayama) / Gifu Prefectural Museum of Fine Art (Gifu)