Kazuo Shiraga was a Japanese artist best known for his performative painting practice. Shiraga’s gestural style was influenced by American Abstract Expressionism and indicative of his participation in the Gutai avant-garde movement, where action and everyday life was translated into dynamic artworks. The artist would suspend himself over his canvases, swinging back and forth, creating marks with his feet. Though similar in style to Jackson Pollock’s “drip” methods, Shiraga’s application technique lent an enhanced texture and thickness to his painterly abstract swirls and splatters. Born on August 12, 1924 in Amagasaki, Japan, the artist graduated from the Kyoto Municipal Special School of Painting in 1948, and joined the Gutai group in 1954. He continued to explore the relationship between the body and paint until his death on April 8, 2008 in Amagasaki, Japan.