Tadashi Sugimata


  • In, 1985

  • Rectangle C, 1987

  • Titled \/, 1961

  • Fudou No.5

  • Pole c


Regarded one of the most significant artists of the postwar Japanese avant-garde, Tadashi Sugimata (杉全 直) is named in Japanese art history as one of the country’s leading abstract painters of the postwar period. 

Born 1914, in Tokyo, the artist grew up in Himeji, Hyogo. He began oil painting in middle school, and continued his studies further at the Tokyo Fine Arts School (current Tokyo University of the Arts). Although Sugimata began his career creating surrealist works, the Informel movement influenced his oeuvre, creating an aesthetic shift towards abstract expression. His most notable series, which began from the 1960s, was his Kikko (lit: Tortoiseshell) series, which resulted in him winning the Bridgestone Museum of Art Award.

He exhibited his at numerous domestic and international exhibitions, i.e. the Venice and Sao Paulo Biennales, and is a recipient of numerous awards throughout his career. His contribution to the Japanese art world was widely acclaimed, and he was further awarded the 31st Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts in 1981, and Orders of the Sacred Treasure in 1986. As a professor of Tama Art University and Tokyo University of the Arts, he was also a highly influential figure in the education of young artists. Sugimata sook to challenge and explore the vast possibilities of painting and used both, two-dimensional and three-dimensional mediums and passed away in 1996, at the age of 82. 

For a list of works by the artist, see: https://www.artsy.net/rootkcontemporary/artist/tadashi-sugimata 

[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)