Takesada Matsutani is a prominent figure in postwar contemporary art in Japan, with works ranging from painting, sculpture to printmaking. He initially studied traditional Japanese painting and in 1962, he created relief works using plastic adhesive, which garnered high praise from the art critic Yoshihara Jirō. As a result, he became a second-generation member of the avant-garde art movement called the Concrete Art Group in 1963. The group aimed to "present with tools and bodily actions" and abandoned traditional formalized painting attitudes. The second generation of the group, including Matsutani, went even further with experimentation using new materials and ideas. After studying in Paris in 1966, he settled there and developed a bolder style of creation. 


His unique technique involves covering the canvas with ethylene vinyl acetate and inflating it with air to create unique patterns of expansion, contraction or wrinkling, on which he then draws with graphite. Matsuda's works break through the limitations of traditional flat painting, and are considered both painting, sculpture, and performance. Matsuda currently lives and works in both Paris and Nishinomiya, Japan. His works are held in important international art museums and galleries, including the Pompidou Center in Paris, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Albertina Museum in Vienna.

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