Artist of the moment…….Ay-O


Ay-O is a contemporary artist associated with the Fluxus movement and his “rainbow” style of painting. Ay-O was born in Takao, Iijima, Japan in the year 1931.

It was performance artist Yoko-Ono who introduced Ay-O to a leader in the Fluxus movement named George Maciunas. Ay-O joined the movement in 1963.

Ay-O is known as the Rainbow artist as much of his work deals with the gradations of the colors of the rainbow. In some large works he has done nearly 200 different gradations of color and light.

The artist is also known for his sculptures that are called “finger boxes.” These finger boxes must be seen and touched to be part of the art. On the inside of these boxes are materials including hair, cotton, nails, and sponges amongst other materials.

Below is a an example of Ay-O’s finger boxes.

What a creative artist! More on the Fluxus movement of anti-art coming up in the next few weeks!

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In this clip we catch up with Ay-O at a Rainbow Banquet event that took place in 2012:



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