Kazuo Shiraga

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Kazuo Shiraga
Native name 白髪 一雄
Born (1924-08-12)August 12, 1924
Amagasaki, Japan
Died April 8, 2008(2008-04-08) (aged 83)
Amagasaki, Japan
Occupation Painter
Nationality Japanese

Kazuo Shiraga (白髪 一雄, Shiraga Kazuo, August 12, 1924 – April 8, 2008) was a Japanese modern artist who belonged to the Gutai group of avant-garde artists. He was acknowledged internationally only after his death.

In the 1940s he studied Nihonga at the Kyoto City University of Arts. In 1953 he founded the group "Zero Kai" with Akira Kanayama, Atsuko Tanaka and Saburo Murakami which merged with Gutai in 1955.[1] Shiraga created "mud paintings" by using his whole body to leave impressions in wet mud.[2] For over tens years, from 1956 to 1966, his Performance Paintings were largely painted with his feet. Later he was influenced by Frenchman Jean-Jacques Lebel. 1971-72 he lived as a Buddhist monk.

In December 2014 his prime-period 1961 abstract, “Chijikusei Gotenrai,” was sold for 3.25 million euros, about $3.7 million.[3]


  • 2002: Osaka Art Prize


  1. ^ Artnet
  2. ^ Goldberg, Roselee (2004). Performance: live art since the 60s. Thames & Hudson. p. 17. 
  3. ^ New York Times, Feb. 27, 2015; Scott Reyburn "Art World Rediscovers Kazuo Shiraga"

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