Masao Haijima

Born in Tokyo in 1949, he graduated from the Soukei School of Fine Arts before journeying to France. In 1974, he enrolled in the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Influenced by the rich tradition of Flemish painting that thrived in what is now Belgium from the 14th century onward, he gradually developed his own distinctive style characterized by intricate compositions and meticulous attention to detail. His oeuvre, imbued with delicate hues reminiscent of Japanese aesthetics, vividly embodies the confluence of Japanese and French cultures.

Employing traditional oil painting techniques, he continues to capture the enchanting scenery of Paris from elevated perspectives. His canvases depict iconic landmarks such as the Opera House and the Pantheon, alongside various scenes of the city. Infused with a subtle yet profound sensitivity inherent to Japanese artistry, his renderings illuminate the unique interplay of light and atmosphere in Paris, distinct from his native Japan. Through his masterful realism, he delicately portrays Paris as wrapped in a luminous veil, evoking a captivating sense of beauty.