Nobuo Kubota

"The making of art is the most important thing; showing it is secondary." (2007)

Nobuo Kubota has been contributing to Canadian art for over 40 years as musician, sculptor and performer. An early member of the Artists Jazz Band and the CCMC (Canadian Creative Music Collective), he is known for his extended vocal techniques and sound poetry.

In 1970 he spent a year in Japan, living with a Zen master, which led him to investigate artistic influences from the East (Japanese art, opera and architecture) and West (jazz, improvisation). His work is included in the collections of Canada's major art institutions and has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and performances across Canada and abroad. In 2000, he received a Canada Council Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for his outstanding artistic achievement. Nubuo Kubota lives in Toronto. In 2009 he was the winner of the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts.

Photo: Martin Lipman