About the Print

Hiroshi Murata’s Hinode, 1987, is a abstract piece contrived of geometric lines. A red textured color with hints of yellow and blue make up the background. 

Hiroshi Murata

Born January 18, 1941 in Tokyo, Japan
About the Artist
Self-employed artist, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Hiroshi Murata earned his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Yale University School of Art and Architecture. Murata was an Associate Professor of Art at Western Michigan University and Professor of Art at the College of New Jersey. Since his retirement from the College of New Jersey in 1991, Murata has been at work on paintings and numerous public commissions. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions in both Japan and the United States including Gallery Tokyo Eizo in Tokyo, Japan; Grumps Gallery in San Francisco, California; and The New Jersey State Museum in Trenton. He is also the recipient of various grants and fellowships including a Fabric Workshop Residency from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Distinguished Research Award, and Faculty Research Grant from Trenton State College, Visiting Artist Fellowship at Brandywine Workshop and Archives, and National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship. His work is in the public collections of many institutions including DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts; Hollywood Art Museum in Hollywood, Florida; Miami-Dade Community College in Florida, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts; National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Japan; National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, Japan; New York Public Library Collection in New York City, Pratt Graphic Center in New York City, Tokyo University College of Art in Japan, Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, New York; and Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Curriculum Connections

Suggested Topics for Algebra I and Geometry

Algebra I:

The resources provided can be used early on in an Algebra class to help students think in multiple dimen- sions. The artworks can be used to demonstrate illusions intended as a design element or to help students imagine space constructed or deconstructed from forms or shapes within a space. The ability to visualize concepts through art can make advanced math more accessible to students early on.


Some may want to use images in the Artura.org library to explore more complex uses of advanced math to create the illusions of space and solve spatial dynamic issues for three-dimensional works such as stand-alone sculpture and site-specific, public artworks. The laying of bricks or ceramic tiles is a skilled craft that can involve creativity and innovation in bricks or tiles are set and many available options in color, design, and texture are used. Sculptors such as Melvin Edwards, Richard Hunt, and John T. Scott have consistently used higher math concepts in the creation of large scale, space-defining public art.

Questions to Consider