A true Edokko (Tokyoite), Hajime Kato was born in 1925 in Kanda, Tokyo.
As a young man, Kato won a number of titles in various categories in bicycle races and he also was a candidate for the Olympic team to compete in Helsinki.

To save the family home from financial problems he gave up his place with the Olympic team and instead rode as a top cyclist in Keirin tournaments. In 1958, he left for France to devote himself to pursuing his childhood dream of becoming a painter.

Kato was recognized as a Japanese artist in Paris and praised for his delicate cutting-edge sense, seeking colours and forms, and painting “light and wind”.

Today his works are collected worldwide by a great number of enthusiasts across the globe.

  • Composition, 1984

    by Hajime Kato

    £22,000
    DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 51.2 x 63.8 in./130.0 x 162.0 cm SIGNATURE: Signed 'Kato' and dated (lower left) MEDIUM: Oil on canvas   “His style is filled with a brisk energy, like wind fairies dancing wildly in the transparent morning sun light.” (Shuji Takashina, professor Emeritus at Toyko University and Director of Ohara Art Museum.)   Kato’s mesmerising paintings are filled with sharp edged spindle-shapes that appear ready to slice open the air that surrounds them. Each of these shapes appears to be moving, creating a sense of speed and tension within the picture. The way the shapes interlock and overlap one another gives them a very sleek almost natural appearance, despite their bright, otherworldly colours. This creates a sense of euphoria for the viewer, as if they are floating in a boundless space, completely freed from our Earthly bindings.  
  • Le vent, 1999

    by Hajime Kato

    P.O.A.
    Kato was recognized as a Japanese artist in Paris and praised for his delicate cutting-edge sense, seeking colours and forms, and painting “light and wind”. “His style is filled with a brisk energy, like wind fairies dancing wildly in the transparent morning sun light.” – Shuji Takashina, professor Emeritus at Toyko University and Director of Ohara Art Museum. DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 130.0 x 195.0 cm/51.2 x 76.8 ins SIGNATURE: Signed ‘Kato’ and dated (lower right) MEDIUM: Oil on canvas
  • Une mélodie rythmique

    by Hajime Kato

    P.O.A.
    Kato was recognized as a Japanese artist in Paris and praised for his delicate cutting-edge sense, seeking colours and forms, and painting “light and wind”. “His style is filled with a brisk energy, like wind fairies dancing wildly in the transparent morning sun light.” – Shuji Takashina, professor Emeritus at Toyko University and Director of Ohara Art Museum. DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 89.0 x 116.0 cm/35.0 x 45.7 ins SIGNATURE: Signed 'Kato' and dated (lower right) MEDIUM: Oil on canvas
  • Vers Andromeda, 1989

    by Hajime Kato

    P.O.A.
    Kato was recognized as a Japanese artist in Paris and praised for his delicate cutting-edge sense, seeking colours and forms, and painting "light and wind". “His style is filled with a brisk energy, like wind fairies dancing wildly in the transparent morning sun light.” - Shuji Takashina, professor Emeritus at Toyko University and Director of Ohara Art Museum. DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 89.0 x 116.0 cm/35.0 x 45.7 ins SIGNATURE: Signed 'Kato' and dated (lower right) MEDIUM: Oil on canvas