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1954 Born in Nagano
1978 Graduated from Tokyo Zokei University
1983-87 Studied under Professor Raimer Jochims at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste: Städelschule: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2000〜 Professor of Tokyo Zokei University (1993: Full-Time Lecturer; 1994: Associate Professor)
The Subject of Study

Created as well as theoretically examined the work "Spirituality in Painting and the Format."



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In 1986, while he was studying in Germany, Motai conceived the idea of a painting form that could link multiple numbers of panels. Based on this idea, he developed his works along with his theoretical studies on his main theme of “the interrelationship between a format (the length-width ratio and size of a work) and spirituality.”
After he returned to Japan, he studied the structural comparison between Japanese screen/wall paintings and Western altarpieces. He settled in Tachikawa, Tokyo in 1988. Through his studies, he created a group of works that was characterized by even-numbered linked panels, blank spaces, and an oblong format. Upon moving his studio to Fujino, Kanagawa in 1995, he named this group of works the TA (Tachikawa) series.
The TA painting series has been developed through his interplay with the Prospect Cottage for Painting series (open-air installations), which he has continuously created since 1999. This series, which is in the form of a hut with windows, acts as a device through which viewers can visually experience the external scenes from windows in a variety of formats.

From 2001, he began creating the Qf series that uses icons and the Buddha's palm as his models, and which pervades a square-format canvas with colors and brushstrokes, without leaving any blank spaces. This series has been developed based on a principle opposite from the TA series.     

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