Octavia Art Gallery opening reception: Kikuo Saito
Kikuo Saito was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1939 and moved to New York City in 1966. As a young man, he was a studio assistant to Helen Frankenthaler, Kenneth Noland and Larry Poons. Along with his painting practice, Saito is known for his poetic theater works that incorporated costumes, light, music and dance.
His knowledge of choreography and stage direction have directly influenced his approach to painting. Typically, he paints on the floor, circling and moving over the canvas to create each composition. The resultant works are rhythmic, gestural and expressionistic.
The exhibition will include paintings and works on paper spanning 30 years.