Kyoji Takubo (°1949, Ehime) studied painting at Tama Art University. He started his career as an artist in 1971, exhibiting 5 series of solo shows ‘Image Judgement’at the galleries in Tokyo. In 1980s he focused on the creation of objets d’art, and represented Japan in the 41st Venice Biennale.
Furthermore, in collaboration with architect Ryoji Suzuki and photographer Shigeo Anzai, he produced the project ‘Absolute Scene – 1987’ showing viewers the process of tearing down two old houses. This project took him far in his artistic odyssey to explore works involved with architecture which arose with memories and history ingrained in a specific place.
From 1989, moving to Normandy, France, with his family, he devoted 11 years to the restoration of a small abandoned chapel. For the project of ‘La Chapelle des Pommiers’ , Takubo received Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Minister of Culture.
After returning to Japan, he has been undertaken the restoration of the whole sanctuary of Kompira-san shrine in Shikoku and many other projects producing ‘Landscape Art’ that will live even after the disappearance of the artist.
He has exhibited at galleries and museums including Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and Ohara Museum. His work is in the permanent collections of The National Museum of Art, Osaka, The Museum of Art, Ehime, etc.
Visiting professor in Tama Art University, Distinguished Guest Scholar in University of the Sacred Heart Tokyo.