Arturo Kubotta 

(Peru, b. 1932)

 

Arturo Kubotta was born in Lima in 1932 to a Japanese father and Peruvian mother, and went on to pursue his artistic education in Peru, the United States, and Brazil, where he currently resides. Between 1953 and 1960, he studied at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes in Lima, and from 1962 to 1964 at the Art Institute of Chicago. During his years at the Escuela, he was influenced by both European Informalism and American Expressionism, at a time when the artistic customs of the Japanese Gutai movement were mingling with Informalism.  

 

Kubotta’s mature abstract style incorporates understated color and a variety of textures—characterized by scholars as “tactile mists”—to evoke an illusion of limitless time and space. His use of earth tones and rough textures calls to mind Pre-Columbian art, while his gestural strokes echo Japanese calligraphic lines. In 1961, Kubotta participated in the group exhibition Japanese Artists of the Americas at the Organization of American States; two years later, the OAS hosted Kubotta’s first solo exhibition.

Japanese Artists of the Americas. OAS exhibition pamphlet, 1961
Japanese Artists of the Americas. OAS exhibition pamphlet, 1961

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Japanese Artists of the Americas. OAS exhibition pamphlet, 1961
Japanese Artists of the Americas. OAS exhibition pamphlet, 1961

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