Mid Century Modern Abstract Sculpture by Masatoyo Kishi "Kuki" Signed
For your consideration, a Mid Century Modern Abstract Sculpture by Masatoyo Kishi "Kuki" Signed.
Made in USA San Francisco, circa the 1970s.
Dimensions: 17" H x 9" W x 4 1/4" D.
Original vintage unrestored condition. Refer to images. Expect signs of vintage wear.
MASATOYO KISHI (1924–2017)
Abstract sculptor and painter Masatoyo Kishi, best known for mixing elements of traditional Japanese culture with Western abstraction, died in Grass Valley, California, at the age of ninety-three. Hackett Mill, the San Francisco–based art gallery that represents him, confirmed his passing.
Born in Sakai, Japan, in 1924, Kishi studied physics and mathematics at the Tokyo University of Science. “As a Japanese artist in the 1950s in Tokyo, I didn’t go to art school,” Kishi said. “Japanese artists studied literature, economics, science; then you explored art.” After graduating, he pursued a short career as a mathematics teacher before he began exhibiting with Tekkei Kai, a group of abstract painters associated with the Kyoto Museum of Art.
From the late 1950s to the 1960s, he created his Opus paintings, which feature softly dripped pigments and sweeping brushwork. Using large brushes, In 1960, Kishi moved from Japan to San Francisco, where he lived until 1988. Over the course of nearly thirty years there, he transitioned from primarily painting to sculpting. He taught at Holy Names College in Oakland and the Dominican College in San Rafael.