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Taro Okamoto was born in 1911 in Kawasaki to artistically distinguished parents, and raised in the Aoyama district of Tokyo. His mother was the poetess and novelist Kanoko, and his father the manga artist Ippei. He began studying oil painting in Tokyo in 1929, but moved with his family to Europe and began studying in Paris in 1930.

An encounter with the works of Picasso in 1932 threw him into the world of abstract art, and the next year he began a four-year association with other abstract artists. He then however began to focus on more realistic forms.

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The harrowing arm

“You know what ? The more you feel fear badly, the more you should jump into fear.”

The Sun Tower in Suita city, Osaka

“Do not stick to the size of canvas! Get out of the canvas !”

The burning man

“When you are in love, thinking about what you gain or lose doesn’t make sense. Such a guy doesn’t have any right to love women.”

The tomorrow’s myth

“What does success mean to human beings ? I think it’s about your effort to reach out your dream or not after all.”

The Children’s Tree

“The purpose of your life isn’t reaching nirvana. It’s to live your life. Because human beings are animals.”

The Rules of Forest

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