Kazuhiro OKABE was born in the Hyogo region of Japan in 1957.
After studying at Tama University of Fine Arts, he began his career as a graphic artist and screen printmaker.
Currently living in France, he paints mostly with his fingers, using dry pastels. To bring his paintings to light, he uses gold or silver leaf for the background, which is traditionally popular in Japanese painting.
Compelled by tradition, Kazuhiro OKABE conceives that composition is essential in painting. According to him, composition has to be coherent but not symmetric. Indeed, harmony as understood in the Japanese culture dose not conceives of the perfection of symmetry in pictorial compositions.
Nature is Okabe’s main model. Much of his inspiration comes from nature’s four seasons.
Environments and subjects have their own value and substance.
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