Artist:Kaji Aso Japanese (1936 – 2006)
Watercolor on paper
Signed Kaji Aso & dated 1970
Measures 21.5 x 29.5 inches
Farhat Art Museum Collection.
Artist:Kaji Aso Japanese (1936 – 2006)
Oil on canvas Untitled
Signed Kaji Aso and dated 1971 lower right.
Measures 12×14 inches
Farhat Art Museum Collection.
Mr. Kaji Aso is a well established and respected artist in Japan and the United States. His work is in
the permanent collection of the Prime Minister of Japan’s official residence, the National Museum of Modern
Art in Tokyo, the Modern Museum of Art (New York), the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), Padua Museum
of Art (Italy), the State Pushkin Art Museum (Moscow) and others. In Japan thirteen of his works are registered
as National Property, the highest honor an artist can receive. When the National Living Treasures Tour came
to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Mr. Aso performed the final calligraphy and sumi painting demonstration.
For the past thirty-four years, Mr. Kaji Aso has dedicated himself to raising the quality of life by
strengthening the connection between artists and the society they live in. His many awards and honors include
Distinguished Bostonian (1980); Honorary Citizen of New Orlean (1983); Certificate of Recognition from
Mayor Menino of Boston (1995, 1998); Medal of Honor from Mayor of Padua, Italy (1995), Medal of Honor
from the Mayor of Lisbon, Portugal (1997). In 1996 Kaji Aso was named one of the most important international
calligraphers of the world by the Beijing Art Academy. The June 2002 issue of Boston Magazine named Mr.
Aso one of “40 Bostonians We Love”.
Kaji Aso recently received two important awards. Mr. Aso is recognized as one of the 2000 Outstanding
People of the 20th Century by the International Biographical Centre of Cambridge, England. He is also
commended as one of 500 Leaders of Influence by the American Biographical Institute. This award is entered
on permanent record at the U.S. Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Kaji Aso has been a Professor of Art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and in 1998 received
a certificate of appreciation for over thirty years of service from Mr. Malcolm Rogers, Director of the Museum
of Fine Arts. A gifted teacher, Mr. Aso has inspired hundreds of students. He consistently gives lectures and
demonstrations at various seminars, colleges, universities and art centers. Mr. Aso is Artistic Director of Kaji
Aso Studio, Institute for the Arts (founded 1973). Kaji Aso Studio offers an interdisciplinary approach to
art and its gallery holds exhibitions, poetry readings and concerts.
Besides being a painter, operatic tenor and poet, Mr. Aso is an adventurer. Through the years he has
led artists on expeditions to famous rivers of the world. Artists bring back and share their experiences with
other people through multi-media exhibitions
Please see full resume on following pagesResume of Kaji Aso
28 Westland Ave. #15, Boston, MA 02115 Tel.: Home (617) 262-5589, Studio (617) 247-
Birth Place: Tokyo, Japan
1967-2000 School of the Museum of Fine Arts, The Fenway, Boston, MA
Senior Faculty Member, Watercolor and Oil Painting and Japanese Brushstroke
1988-98 Summer School in Japan, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,
1969-present Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Cambridge, MA
Instructor of Painting
1961-1965 Jioshibi University
Printmaking, Special Lecture Professor
BFA Painting Tokyo University of Art, Tokyo, Japan
MFA Printmaking Tokyo University of Art, Tokyo, Japan
PROFESSIONAL AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
1972-present Kaji Aso Studio, Inc. and Gallery Nature & Temptation
40 St. Stephen St., Boston, MA
Institute for the Arts, Co-operative Gallery
1998 One of “500 Leaders of Influence”, American Biographical Institute, USA
Listed on permanent record at the U.S. Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
1998 One of “2000 Outstanding People of the 20th Century”, International Biographical
Centre, Cambridge, England
1997 Medal of Honor from Mayor of Lisbon, Portugal in honor of successfully leading
expedition of artists down Tagus River
1996 Certificate of Recognition as one of most important international calligraphers of the
world, Beijing Art Academy, China
1995 Certificate of Recognition from Mayor Menino, City of Boston
1993 Proclamation of Recognition from Mayor Menino, City of Boston
1989 Mayor Raymond Flynn presents Kaji Aso with an inscribed Paul Revere bowl in
honor of his rich cultural contributions to the City of Boston
1986 Receives plaque from the Internal Revenue Service for his cultural contributions to
1983 Honorary Citizen, Key to the City of New Orleans, Louisiana.
1980 Proclaimed by the City of Boston, Distinguished Bostonian in honor of Boston’s
350th Jubilee Birthday.RESUME OF KAJI ASO (cont)
Lectures (selected list):
2000 “Zen and Art”, Plymouth Public Library presented by Sister-City Japan Program
1998-99 Workshops of Calligraphy and sumi painting, Worcester Art Museum
1997 Lecture/Demonstration Calligraphy and Sumi Painting
for Faculty of Colleges from Massachusetts, Lowell, MA
1996 Arthur D. Little, Inc, “Best of the Best” Seminar for senior executives from around the
world; calligraphy and sumi painting demonstration and lecture
1995 Lorenzo De Medici, Art Institute of Florence. Watercolor lecture and demonstration.
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Boston, MA. Gallery talk.
1993 Lotus Development Corporation. History of Japanese Art and Culture.
1993 Harvard University. History of Japanese Art and Culture.
1993-present MIT Japan Program, Cambridge, MA. Japanese Calligraphy and Tea Ceremony
1985-present Tufts University, Medford, MA. History of Japanese Art and Culture.
1985 Lecture and slide presentation on Kyoto, Nara, Japan.
1984 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. Demonstration and lecture on Eastern
Tradition of Watercolor.
1983 FROM ART TO TAO, Boston, MA
1981 ZEN AND DESCARTES, Tufts University, Medford, MA
1979 Phillips Academy, Andover, MA. Seminar for High School and College Instructors,
sponsored by Japanese Embassy. Lecture and demonstration on Eastern Art.
1978 SPIRIT OF EASTERN ART, Harvard University, Gutman Library.
Publications: “The Story of Paris”, Publications, illustrations
Delta Sky Magazine, cover illustration
“The Spring of My Life”, Shambhala Publications, illustrations for haiku
“The Sound of Water”, Shambhala Publications, illustrations for haiku
Proteus, volume of original poetry
Substance and Phenomenon, an original philosophical treatise.
Thoughts Passing By, tradition of Kenko, (Philosophical essay A.D. 13 Japanese)
Articles: Shogakukan, 1998-99, “Night Conversations” series of articles
Aica Eyes, Summer 1997, “Spring in Boston”
Shambhala Sun, July 1997, “About Hai-ga”
Shambhala Sun, January 1995, “Calligraphy and My Life”
Marie Claire, Japanese/French magazine. “Volga River Trip” 1989RESUME OF KAJI ASO (cont)
Boston University Journal of Education, 1984,
Vol. 166 No.4 “What is The Source Of Art”
East/West Journal-“Living Treasure”, 1983
Who’s Who in American Art, 1993
Mado, Japanese Art Magazine 1992
Sansai, Japanese Art Magazine 1987, 88, 89, 92, 93
Meetings with Remarkable Men and Women
Book Published by East/West Journal. Interview with Kaji Aso. 1989
Asahi, Japanese National Magazine 1989
Yomiuri, Japanese National Magazine 1989
Fuji, Japanese National Television 1988
Documentaries: “Kaji Aso” CityLine, Channel 5
“Kaji Aso” New England Cable News, Channel 38 in Boston and
throughout New England, 1995
“Kaji Aso Studio on the Nile River” Shown at Boston Public Library, 1994 and
Gallery Nature and Temptation, Boston 1993
“Kaji Aso Studio on the Volga”
Shown at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 1990
1997 Led group of artists down Tagus River on the Iberia Peninsula (Spain/Portugal) by
1993 Hanamaki Art Colony, Hanamaki, Japan
Cultural Exchange directed and co-organized by Kaji Aso in association with the
School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
1993 Led group of artists down Nile River by kayak from Khartoum,Sudan to Cairo,
1989 Led artists on the first American-Soviet-Japanese kayaking expedition down the
full length of the Volga River in the then USSR.
1987 Led artists down the full length of Seine River, France by canoe.
NHK, Japanese National Television documents the trip.
1983 Led artists down the full length of the Mississippi River by canoe, raft.
Boston Globe Newspaper documents the trip.
1985 Planner, organizer of group of artists to travel the Shinano
River in Japan in conjunction with RUNNERS magazine.
1985 Kaji Aso Studio Tour of Kyoto, Nara, Japan.
Travel: Extensive solo travel throughout Southeast Asia and the
Orient, Europe, Egypt and Greece.KAJI ASO-ARTS RESUME
(all shows one person exhibitions unless stated otherwise)
2003 Pola Art Museum Annex, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
2001 Digitas Corporation, Prudential Center, Boston, MA
South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA
2000 Saishunkan LTD Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, book illustration exhibition
1999 Saishunkan LTD Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, exhibition honoring “2000 Outstanding
People of the 20th Century” award
1998 Gallery Piazza, Sausalito, California, painting exhibition
1997 Bunkamura Museum, Tokyo, Japan, painting exhibition
Lasell College, Newton, MA, watercolor and sumi painting exhibition
1995 Gallery Reishin, Tokyo, Japan, painting exhibition
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Kaji Aso Studio exhibition
Galleria Civica, Padua, Italy, Kaji Aso Studio exhibition
Istituto Zambler, Venice, Italy, Kaji Aso Studio exhibition
1994 Takashimaya Department Store, Tokyo, Japan, painting exhibition
Mitsukoshi Department Store, Tokyo, Japan, painting exhibition
1993 Thomas P. O’Neil Jr. Federal Building, Boston, MA, calligraphy and sumi painting
Park Lane Gallery, Tokyo ,two-person exhibition with Jeanne Gugino,
painting and sculpture
1992 Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA, calligraphy and sumi painting exhibition
Tokogaya Department Store, Tokyo, Japan, painting exhibition
Atagoyama Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan, watercolor exhibition
Hanamaki City Hall, Hanamaki, Japan, painting exhibition
1991 South Station, Boston, MA, Volga River multi-media exhibition
Atagoyama Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan, painting exhibition
1990 Orilla Verde Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, sumi painting exhibition
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Kaji Aso Studio Exhibition
1989 Atagoyama Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan, etching exhibition
1988 Atagoyama Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan, sumi painting exhibition and demonstration
1987 Gallery Nature and Temptation, Boston, MA Impressions from France, group exhibitionKAJI ASO – ARTS RESUME
1985 Atagoyama Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan, calligraphy and sumi painting
Gallery Nature and Temptation, Boston, M, calligraphy and sumi painting
1984 Federal Reserve Bank, Boston, MA, Kaji Aso Studio exhibition
1983 Boston City Hall, Main Hall, Boston, MA The Mississippi, Kaji Aso Studio exhibition
1982 Boston City Hall, Main Gallery, Kaji Aso Studio exhibition
1981 Mudo Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan, painting exhibition
Mall Galleries, London, England, Kaji Aso Studio exhibition
1980 Jaymark Gallery, San Francisco, CA, painting exhibition
1978 Harvard University, Gutman Library, Cambridge, MA, calligraphy and sumi painting
exhibition with lecture
1976-1979 Takashimaya Art Gallery, Tokyo Nihonbashi, painting exhibition
1973-1975 Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, selected American artists extended
1971 Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, selected American artists show
1969 Alumni Gallery, School of the MFA, Boston, Nature and Temptation.. Exhibition
1967-1968 Siedenberg Gallery, New York City, NY
Ward-Nase Gallery, New York City, NY
Nielson, Gallery, Boston, MA
1964 International Invitational Show at Wagner Festival,
Bayreuth, W.Germany (one of 6 Japanese delegates).
1963 Tokyo Modern Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, International Invitational Show
PARTIAL LISTING OF COLLECTED WORKS:
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (Works listed as National Property)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kane
Museum of Modern Art, NY Dr. and Mrs. Allen Hobson
National Museum of Czechoslovakia Mr. and Mrs. Peter Thomson
Chase Manhattan Bank (Rockefeller Collection) Mr. and Mrs. Robert Zevin
Xerox Corporation Dr. and Mrs. Laurence Sloss
State Pushkin Museum, Moscow Consul General Nobuyasu Abe
Office of Consulate General of Japan, Boston Padua Museum of Fine Arts, Italy
Mr. Stuart Yoff