Kengiro Azuma — Japanese Contemporary Art
Kengiro Azuma (1926–2016 ) was a Japanese Italian sculptor, painter, and teacher. Azuma was born March 12, 1926 in Yamagata, Japan to a family of bronze artisans.When he was 17, Azuma joined the Imperial Japanese Navy as a Kamikaze pilot, but the war ended before the time came for him to sacrifice himself. World War II and the discovery of the emperor’s humanity had a great impact on the Japanese people. For Azuma personally, it created a spiritual void that pushed him towards art.