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Makoto Takezawa

Makoto takesawa

Makoto Takezawa (1970 - 2010) lived in Hokkaido, Japan in a facility for those with intellectual disabilities from 1988. With only a mild intellectual disability he managed to graduate from Junior High School, and it was here, through his art education classes, that he learnt about woodcut techniques.

Full Biography

Makoto Takezawa (1970 - 2010) lived in Hokkaido, Japan in a facility for those with intellectual disabilities from 1988. With only a mild intellectual disability he managed to graduate from Junior High School, and it was here, through his art education classes, that he learnt about woodcut techniques.

Takezawa became more interested in art after being inspired by others he was living with who were having small solo shows in Japan. He quickly realised that he wanted to do this too. In 1998 he decided that he would create a series of woodcuts and prints to exhibit, as he knew these could be easily mass-produced because of his previous experiences with woodcutting.

Makoto Takezawa said, “It seemed like I carved a woodcut with a sculpture sword,” and in total he carved ten wooden blocks.

“I came up with colouring with watercolours on the back of the prints, and I succeeded in mass-producing various prints using my ten blocks. I could then have my wish of a solo exhibition.” Takezawa’s small solo exhibition in Hokkaido, Japan was in 2005.

Exhibition Highlights

2018 Outsider Art Fair New York, Metropolitan Pavilion
2005, Solo exhibition, Hokkaido in Japan