Taro Okamoto, born in 1911 in Kanagawa, is a Japanese artist noted for his abstract paintings and sculptures. During the 1930s, he studied at Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris where he was deeply influenced by abstract artists and surrealist artists in Europe, especially Picasso. After World War II, Okamoto developed an interested in Japanese mysteries, especially Jomon artifacts which he encountered during a trip to Tokyo National Museum. Okamoto journeyed all over Japan to research what he perceived as the mysteries concealed beneath Japanese culture, and he published Rediscovery of the Japan - Topography of Art in 1958. One of his most famous works, Tower of the Sun, became the symbol of Expo '70 in Suita, Osaka, and it is currently located in the center of the Expo Memorial Park.
Taro Okamoto is featured in Sanbusaku 2 三部作