This year, we celebrate the 110 years of Japanese immigration in Brazil. in June of 1908, the ship Kasato Maru landed in Santos, boarding the first 781 Japanese immigrants. Japanese-Brazilian artists such as Manabu Mabe, Tomie ohtake and Flavio-Shiró, were the greatest contribution to informal abstraction in Brazil. The three artists were the subject of the trilogy we published in 2012, 2013 and 2015, respectively.
in 2018 we also celebrate Flavio-Shiró’s 90th birthday. in this context, we present the exhibition that shows his trajectory – from the 1940’s to the present day. a selection of paintings, drawings, photographs and objects, most of it unseen before, curated by both Max Perlingeiro and the artist.
The book “Flavio-Shiró” with texts by Paulo Herkenhoff will be launched on opening day. Five short films about the trajectory of Flavio-Shiró: “origins”, “The Studio”, “Dreams”, “nightmares” and “Painting” will be shown during the exhibition. The films are produced and directed by Margaux Fitoussi and adam Tanaka, the artist’s grandson and Josué Tanaka, Shiro’s son is the executive Producer.
Born in Sapporo in 1928, Shiró arrived in Brazil in 1932. First, he settled with his family in a Japanese colony in Tomé-açu, in Pará. later, he moved to São Paulo. His vision was not just that of an immigrant, but of some- one already interested in walking more daring paths with his painting. The works painted in São Paulo already carried strong traces and gestures. The works from the 1950s revealed the pursuit of abstractionism.
according to the artist: “The theme sometimes fades, and other times is present. it is the nature of art not to be defined, what’s necessary is the sense of adventure”. From the 1960s the figurative was merged into ges- ture and matter. Since the 1950s he lives and works in Paris, also alternat- ing between Salvador and rio de Janeiro, in Brazil.
Flávio-Shiró says: “Today as i am approaching my 90th birthday, i feel the roots of the three continents intertwining. in the depths of my being, i realize i am a citizen of the world”.