Sadao Hasegawa

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Sadao Hasegawa(1945-1999)
Born in The Tohoku region of Japan in 1945, Hasegawa travelled widely in India and Asia in his twenties and it was here that he began his self-taught art education. In 1973, in the epicenter of Japanese pop-culture, Hasegawa opened his exhibition “The Alchemy of Sadao Hasegawa – A Meditation for 1973” in Seibu Department Store’s teen department. Moving beyond any specific genre, Hasegawa exhibited works in oils, collage, pencil and even sculpture.
In 1990 the English publisher G.M.P released SADAO HASEGAW: Paintings and Drawings, a collection of the artist’s works which in turn lead to a number of exhibition invitations from around the world. Not wanting to send any of his works overseas, Hasegawa rejected all offers, instead choosing to spend his time wandering through Southern Asia.
In 1996 a collection of his drawings focusing on “oriental erotica” called Paradise Visions was published by Kochi Studio and gained Hasegawa international recognition as a gay erotic artist.
Sadly, Hasegawa took his own life in Bangkok, Thailand three years later, on November 20, 1999.
From the early 1970s until his suicide in 1999, Hasegawa’s works continued to appear in numerous Japanese gay publications such as Barazoku, Sabu, Adon, Murumu and Samson. In later years, he was also published in SM-Z magazine and in 2007 his works were also included in the Swiss Ausstellung Gallery’s “TATTOO” exhibition alongside artists such as Robert Maplethorpe and H.R. Giger.

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