Painter / Sculptor: Bicultural Roots

Everyone knows the cliches about Latin American art: the outpourings of a region whose landscapes are as vivid as its history is turbulent; the works are florid, exuberant, often politically inspired. But the cliches fall away when one views the work of Brazilian artist Kenji Fukuda, whose creations are as timeless, serene and harmonious as a Japanese rock garden.

In a contemporary art world that celebrates expressions of multiculturalism, Fukuda's paintings and sculptures, all abstract, are prized for uniting the aesthetics of south and east. The synthesis comes naturally for him. The grandson of Japanese immigrants, part of a wave of...

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