Fiction Space M1, 1972, by Kozo Mio (Japanese, 1924-2000), Sprayed enamel on panel, 63.5” x 35.5”
Kozo Mio was born in Nagoya in 1924. The international contemporary artist (painter, printmaker, illustrator ) who brought a new wave in a Japanese fantasy picture making with his air brush technique. His artwork was used as the cover of “Focus” a popular Japanese magazine, from its first publication in 1956 until 1989. Kozo Mio studied traditional Japanese painting at the Kyoto Municipal School of Fine Arts, and turned to oils in the early part of his career, painting in a fairly straightforward descriptive style. Soon however he began to use air brush technique to express his uniquely modern vision.
Kozo Mio received the Grand Prix of the Biennial International Exhibition of Figurative Paintings. His work is displayed at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, and the National Gallery of Modern Art – New Delhi, New Delhi.