Takeo Adachi

Date of birth : 1945

Date of death : 2009

Country : France

Trained in Kyoto and the United States, Takeo Adachi decided to settle permanently in Paris in 1988. Revisiting the age-old technique of calligraphy and the mineral vernacular of the Zen garden, he acted as the mediator between traditional Japanese painting and contemporary art. With recurrent motifs such as stone and rope, his pared-down style is derived from asceticism and a metaphysical quest. The ensuing immersion in mental landscapes is also an invitation to meditation.