Nobuo Sekine was born in Saitama, Japan in 1942. After training in painting at Tama Art University in Tokyo, he entered the art world in 1968 as a member of the group Mono-ha. The Japanese art movement which, in the 1960s and 70s, explored the characteristics of organic and industrial materials. As well as their relationship with space. His sculpture Phase Mother Earth (1968), consisting of a cylinder of earth 2.2 meters high, which he places next to a hole of the same dimensions dug in the ground, is generally considered to be the manifest piece of the Mono-ha movement.
Art and architecture.
Nobuo Sekine questions the relationship between art and architecture. In 1973, after a stay in Europe, he returned to Japan and founded the Environmental Art Studios, a public art agency. In 1970, Sekine represented Japan at the Venice Biennale with Phase of Nothingness. It consists of a huge natural stone held up by a mirrored stainless steel column. It is now part of the permanent collection of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark.