Azemichi—Path Between Rice Fields
By Makoto Aida
© Makoto Aida
Courtesy: Mizuma Art Gallery and Toyota Municipal Museum of Art
This acrylic painting is a parody of the best-known work of Kaii Higashiyama, a major figure in Japanese modern painting. Makoto Aida was at a loss what to do after graduating from a prestigious art college in 1991 and took nearly a year to paint this picture. Today, Aida’s art has changed a great deal and is evident in “Aichan-bonsai”, a miniature plant of a couple of twisted figures of girls. “He defies all our predictions every time he comes out with a new work. That’s his big attraction,” says Masatoshi Tsuzuku, a curator of Toyota Municipal Museum of Art.