Minoru Niizuma

b. 29 September 1930, d. 5 September 1998 (J); Japanese abstract sculptor

1955Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
1954-1958Exhibition in the Modern Art Association
1959 Move to New York
1964-1970 Lecturer at the Brooklyn Museum Art School
1972-1984Associate professor at Columbia University

Niizuma worked chiefly in marble, but also in granite, volcanic rock and other materials. His designs range from the geometric to the organic, and some of his references recall folk art. His works show an influence from the Oriental-Asian tradition as well as Western contemporary art.

Among the public collections that include works by Niizuma are the Hirshhorn Museum and the Sculpture Garden (Washington, D. C.), the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Mie Prefectural Art Museum (Tzu City, Japan), the Museum of Modern Art (New York City), the National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo), the Seibu Museum (Tokyo), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York City) and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon.