Kotaro Migishi was first named ‘Paris’ because his father’s dream was to go to Paris, France to live and paint. After the sudden death of his father at the young age of 31 years, Paris was renamed ‘Kotaro’ after his father.
Kotaro Migishi has painted all his life. He began as a young child painting along side his mother in her studio. He became serious about his painting in 1947. (age 17 yrs.) He chose to develop his own technique and style of painting rather than receiving formal art training at University.
His mother discouraged him from painting, knowing herself the difficult road that lay ahead for her son as an artist. She sent him to ‘The Toho Film Company’ to learn the film business. He resigned from the film company a year later in 1952, realizing he could not abandon his passion for painting and dream to be an artist.
In 1953 his dream was confirmed following his first solo exhibition at Ginza, Tokyo, Japan.
In August of the same year, wanting to realize his father’s desire to go to Paris, Kotaro set off on a three-month voyage by sea. He passed through many ports, cities and villages on route, finally settling in Auvers sur Oise, France. The same town where Vincent van Gogh had lived. It was a turning point in Kotaro’s life as artist. The French countryside, villages and in particular the light of the region made a monumental impact. Everything he saw was new.
In 1954 Migishi moved to Paris, France and prepared for the arrival of his mother. This date marked her first visit to Europe.
Shortly after, he travelled to Spain, Italy and throughout France, where he settled for a few months in Cagnes sur mer in the French Riviera. Cagnes is renowned for being the home of Renoir’s studio.
Kotaro Migishi has continued to find inspiration in the light and landscapes of France, where he maintains his studio. Exhibiting extensively throughout Europe and Japan, the artist is also widely recognized in the North American art market. The Migishi family has designated Thomas Beckett as the Canadian dealer and the North American agent for Kotaro Migishi. Beckett comments, “It’s a great honour to be working with such a brilliant artist. He was a wonderful man and a true master. I am proud to present his art to the people of North America.”
Exhibitions and Events
1955: In late 1955 Migishi departed France by ship from Marseilles and returned back home in time for his second and third solo exhibition at Kabutoya Gallery, Tokyo and Umeda Gallery, Osaka, Japan.
1956: Marked an important year when he met renowned artist, Asai Kanemon and was invited to join the Shinju-kai Group, where he exhibited until 1968.
1956: Solo exhibitions at Kabutoya Gallery, Tokyo and Umeda, Osaka, Japan.
1957: Solo exhibitions at Kaboyoya Gallery, Tokyo and Umeda, Osaka, Japan.
1958: Exhibited at the first Yasui Prize Exhibition and at the Asahi Prize Exhibition.
1959: Solo exhibition of Kyoto Landscapes at Bunshun Gallery, Tokyo.
1963: Invited to show at the Second International Figurative Exhibition.
1965: Solo exhibition at Toho Gallery, Nihonbashi, Tokyo
1966: Exhibit at the First Showa-kai Exhibition.
Solo exhibition including figurative works at Toho Gallery, Nihonbashi, Tokyo.
1967: Solo exhibition of Pastels at Toho Gallery, Nihonbashi, Tokyo.
1968: Solo exhibition including still-life works at Toho Gallery.
Towards the end of the year he returned to France to paint and live with his family and mother, settling in Cagnes sur mer.
1974: Solo exhibition of The French Riviera at Toho Gallery, Nihonbashi, Tokyo.
Moved from Cagnes, France to Veron, a small village in Bourgogne (Burgundy).
1978: First solo exhibition in France. Burgundy Landscape works at Nichido Gallery, Paris.
Solo exhibition at the prestigious Mitsukoshi Department Store Gallery, Nihonbashi, Tokyo.
1979, 1981, 1982: Solo exhibition at Nichido Gallery, Paris, France.
1982: Solo exhibitions at Nichido Gallery, Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan.
Exhibits at the F.I.A.C. Art Fair, Paris.
1984: Exhibits at the F.I.A.C. Art Fair, Paris.
1985: Solo exhibition of gouache paintings at Nichido Gallery, Nagoya, Japan.
1986: Solo exhibitions: Galerie Mottet, Geneva, Switzerland.
Peter Nuhum Gallery, London, England
Nichido Galleries, Tokyo and Nagoya
Exhibit at The Basel Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland.
1987: Solo Exhibition at Nichido Gallery, Paris.
Migishi Family Exhibition including Kotaro, Setsuko (his mother) and his second wife at Ende Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland.
1990: Solo exhibitions at Mitsukoshi Dept. Store Art Galleries, Tokyo and Sapporo, Japan.
1991: His mother, Setsuko Migishi had her first North American retrospective exhibition at The National Museum of Woman in the Arts in Washington, D.C., USA. This exhibition travelled to The Shibuya Tokyo Dept. Store and Sogo Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan.
1992, 1994 and 1996: Solo exhibitions at Takashimaya Dept. Store Art Gallery, Yokohama, Kyoto, Gifu, Okayama and Osaka, Japan.
1996: Solo exhibition of gouache paintings at Takanawa Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo.
1998: Solo exhibitions at Takashimaya Dept. Store Art Galleries in Yokohama, Kyoto, Gifu, Okayama and Osaka, Japan.
First North American solo exhibition at Beckett Fine Art Ltd., Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Opening of the Setsuko Migishi Museum in the town of Bisai, aichi prefecture (near Nagoya).
1999: Solo exhibition at Maruei Dept Store in Nagoya.
His mother, Setsuko MIGISHI died on the 18th April.
2000: Solo exhibition of small works at Takanawa Gallery, Tokyo.
Second North American solo exhibition at Beckett Fine Art Ltd., Toronto.
First exhibition of the public appeal exhibition organized by the two museums (Setsuko Migishi museum and Kotaro (father) Migishi museum).
This annual juried exhibition will showcase emerging artists.
Solo exhibition at Takashimaya Dept. Store Art Galleries (Osaka and Kyoto).
2001: Solo exhibition of oil paintings, Mitsukoshi Dept Store, Nagoya, Seibu Dept. Store, Funabashi.
2002: Solo exhibition of gouache paintings at Takashimaya Dept Store, Tokyo
Takashimaya Dept. Store, Osaka.
Third North American solo exhibition of oil paintings at Beckett Fine Art Ltd., Toronto.
2000-2002: Numerous group exhibitions.
2003: Solo exhibition at Takashimaya Dept. Store Art Gallery in Tokyo, Yokohama, Gifu, Okayama and Osaka, Japan
Fourth North American solo exhibition, Spring Exhibition, at Beckett Fine Art, Toronto
2004: Fifth North American solo exhibition of oil paintings at Beckett Fine Art Ltd., Toronto
Solo exhibition of watercolours at Takashimaya Dept. Store Art Gallery, Osaka, Japan.
2005: Group Show: Migishi-Kato-Ohashi, Beckett Fine Art, Toronto
The Centenary Exhibition for Setsuko Migishi - Six Art Gallery Museum Travelling Retrospective Exhibition; Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Kanagawa, Hokkaido, Ichinomiya City.
2006: Solo exhibition at Takashimaya Dept. Store Art Gallery in Tokyo
Solo exhibition, Beckett Fine Art, Toronto
Solo exhibition, Beckett Fine Art, Oakville, Ontario
2007: Solo exhibition, Takanawa Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
September 15-October 6 ; Solo exhibition, Beckett Fine Art, Toronto