Festival Cultural de Mayo Jalisco 2009
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Japón, País Invitado
Jalisco, Anfitrión
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Tuesday 26

Exhibition opening

“The four seasons in Japan” by Taiji Harada
Piezo Graph

May 26 to June 29

Venue: Fundación J Alvarez del Castillo



Master Taiji Harada, born in Suwa, Nagano Prefecture in Japan, grew up in Igara. Supported by his parents he overcame poliomyelitis in a most remarkable manner and from an early age his gift for painting was evident; he started by taking part in posters competitions, later studying Graphic Design at the Beaux Arts University in Musashino. In 1964 he opened his own studio, Hakodo, in his birth city.

Harada has been awarded different honors in his career: in 1973 he received the Special Prize in the Design contest called on by the Complex Cross Association. In 1980 he received the painting prize Shougakkan for his work “Poetry of the Grass-made Flute – Fairy Tale from the Heart.”

Between 1982 and 1984, ‘The World of Taiji Harada” was published in the Sunday section of the Ashai Newspaper. The complete work travelled and was shown in 1984 in all the exhibition sites in Japan. Two years later he became an honorary member of the Art Naïve Association of the Republic, in an exhibition shared with art naïve artists from the former Yugoslavia. From that year on he has shown his work in 150 halls in Japan and five in the United States. He is a member of the Jishan Farmers Painting Association in Shanghai. His work has traveled through China and he received the Konjouhousyou Medal, one of the highest awards granted by the Government of Japan. In Latin America, his work has been seen in Mexico, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

The characteristic sensitivity of Master Harada is always present not only in his paintings, but also in the narrative he creates from them. The work quality of this marvelous artist is shown in the path his career has followed, as well as in the all the recognition he has received.

| Programa general | Fundación JAC |