Born in Tokyo in 1955, Kenjiro Okazaki is an artist and art critic leading the contemporary Japanese art scene. Okazaki studied at Tama Art University but left the university without degree. He was spotlighted for the Akasakamitsuke series in his first solo exhibition in 1981. In 1982, his works were exhibited in 12th Biennale de Paris at Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. In 1986, Okazaki, who was granted Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, moved to the United States. In 2002, he served as the director of the Japanese pavilion of the 8th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice Biennale. In addition to collaboration with the contemporary dancer Trisha Brown for a dance work in 2007, Okazaki’s activities span several genres such as painting, three-dimensional creation, earth work, architectural design, and art criticism.
Around 1990, Okazaki began to title his works using long sentences. As each sentence of a title belongs to different stories concurrently, several stories develop in parallel. A painting and its title are also in parallel, and the painting is generated according to the rule for titles.