Tetsuo Ochikubo American, 1923-1975


Born in Waipahu, Hawaii, Tetsuo Ochikubo was a Japanese-American Abstract Expressionist painter, sculptor, and printmaker. Ochikubo served in combat during World War II, and shortly after his discharge from the Army he began to study painting and design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, later moving on to the Art Students League of New York. He lived and worked in Long Island and Syracuse, New York. In the 1960s, he worked at the Tamarind Institute, a non-profit lithography workshop in Albuquerque, New Mexico; upon his return, he taught at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Best known for his abstract paintings and lithographs, Ochikubo was a member of the Metcalf Chateau, a group of seven Asian-American artists with ties to Honolulu. Other members included Satoru Abe, Bumpei Akaji, Edmund Chung, Jerry T. Okimoto, James Park, and Tadashi Sato. These artists were all Hawaiian-born modernists who considered themselves nisei (second generation) of Japanese descent, and they derived their name from a house on Metcalf Street in Honolulu, where they exhibited in the early 1950s. Ochikubo, a lover of nature in all its forms, died tragically in a diving accident in Hilo in 1975 at the age of 51.

Solo Exhibitions

Library of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1949

Club 100, Memorial Building, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1952

Honolulu Y.B.A. Hall, Hawaii, 1953

Honolulu Academy of Arts, Hawaii, 1955

Columbia Museum, Columbia, South Carolina, 1959

The Gallery, Hawaii, 1959

Tweed Gallery, University of Minnesota, Duluth, 1960

University of Mississippi, Mississippi, 1960

Delta State College, Mississippi, 1960

Krasner Galleries, New York City, New York, 1958-72

Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 1963

Franz Bader Galler, Washington, D.C., 1963

Print Club, Pennsylvania, 1964

Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, 1964

Jewish Community Center, Syracuse, New York, 1966

Contemporary Art Center of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1973

Museums and Public Collections

The Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio

Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii

Print Club (now called The Print Center), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Art Students League of New York, New York City, New York

The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Mary Washington College, Williamsburg, Virginia

Chrysler Museum of Art, Provincetown, Massachusetts

Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York

Fine Arts Section, US Information Agency, Washington, D.C.

Oswego State University, Oswego, New York

St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York

De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts

Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, California

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