NOBUYA ABE Japanese, 1913-1971


Nobuya Abe (b. 1913 Niigata, Japan - d. 1971 Rome, Italy) was largely inspired by the conflict between many political ideologies during the 1930s, including Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. He leaped into the spotlight at a young age through his collaboration with Shuzo Takiguchi on a book of poems and pictures entitled Yosei no kyori [Fairy’s Distance]  in 1937. He also contributed works and critiques to magazines and played a significant role in the avant-garde photography movement before World War II.


From 1941, he was assigned to the military press, where, besides producing posters and photographs at the front in the Philippines, he did many sketches. His artistic style changed drastically after the war from Surrealism to Art Informel and geometric abstraction. He submitted his works to numerous international exhibitions such as the Bienal de São Paulo. Moreover, applying his natural language skills, he took part in international conferences and was active beyond his home country of Japan. Abe's later life was spent in Italy. While producing his own works, he also made an effort to introduce foreign artistic trends and his broad-ranging practice has continued to have an influence on the Japanese art world.


Abe's work has featured in several exhibitions at key galleries and museums, including the Studio Gariboldi and the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art.