top of page



Born in 1925 in Osaka, Sumi entered the Gutaï group in 1955. A trained economist, he began his artistic practice after meeting Shimamoto.​


Like every Gutai member, Sumi had to practice his art in the most innovative way possible. He uses an abacus dipped in Indian ink: "the intangible joy of drawing ink with an abacus led to a natural expression of power and joy."


Sumi's work is comparable to that of the greatest abstract expressionist artists of the second half of the 20th century.

 Yasuo SUMI, Work SY-78, 1985, Huile sur toile, 117 x 117 cm
Yasuo SUMI, Untitled SY-95, 1987, huile sur toile, 166 x 135cm
bottom of page