Fukao Rikizo


Fukao Rikizo

The abstract painter Rikizo Fukao, signing under the name of Rikizo, was born in Gunma prefecture in 1946. He left Japan for Paris in 1971, before settling in Geneva where he began painting in parallel to his job chief programmer at the International Labor Organization.

Painted with three different oil mixtures (oil and gesso, oil and turpentine, Japanese oil and varnish), the red bands and the black background reveal various effects and reflections that vary with the light. Self-taught, he experimented with new pictorial processes. The seriality that marks his work and the rigor of his abstract canvases immediately arouse the enthusiasm of criticism.

Since 1975, many personal exhibitions have been devoted to Rikizo through major European cities such as Paris, Geneva, Copenhagen, Madrid and Luxembourg. His painting is the subject of numerous exhibitions in Europe: Annecy Museum, Galerie Dédale (Geneva), Galerie Henri Meyer (Lausanne), Galerie 32 (Lyon), FIAC (Paris), Galerie Birch, (Copenhagen), Galerie C (Denmark), Sorco Gallery (Nuremberg), J. de V. Gallery (Sweden), Ynguanzo Gallery (Madrid), etc.

In 1993, the artist moved to Auvers-sur-Oise, a famous village where Cézanne and Van Gogh lived before him. The abstract painting of Rikizo is characterized by a bold use of red and black, according to him subconsciously influenced by traditional Japanese culture permeating his imagination; the intrusive motifs his canvases appear as a direct heritage of Japanese origami, or as reminiscences of the elegant belt of kimonos. But surprisingly, Rikizo did not start exposing his work in Japan until 1999.

In 2002, he entered the Taménaga Gallery. In 2003, he is the guest of honor of the music festival of Auvers-sur-Oise. In 2007 the Château de Blois dedicates his first retrospective. In 2009, a series of pieces was commissioned for the interior of Kyoto's historic Buddhist temple, Kodaiji.

His work has also integrated the collections of the Annecy Museum or the United Bank of Switzerland. The retrospective welcomes more than 300,000 visitors. In 2059, at the end of the Japanese legislation, the paintings of Rikizo acquired in Kodaiji temple will become national treasure. In 2011, he leaves France and returns to paint in Japan. Since 2012, the painter has opened two workshops: one in Paris, the other in Kyoto.