Michio TAKAYAMA JAPAN/US, 1903-1994


"I have not yet seen the mountain. The mountain looks at me."


-Michio Takayama

Michio Takayama was a painter committed to his art first and foremost.  He expressed his vision of both inner beauty and physical majesty in richly-layered, vibrant abstract paintings. 


Born in turn-of-the-century rural Japan and educated to carry on the family business, Michio was an unlikely Taoseño.


But through his unwavering commitment to his art, and a series of serendipitous circumstances, Michio found Taos, a place that reflected the vastness of his mind and heart and a place where he could express himself completely with his palette knife and brushes.