Toshiaki Minemura is a Japanese art critic born in 1936. After majoring in French literature at the University of Tokyo, he sought a career in the field of art, being influenced by Andre Malraux. He had worked nearly ten years at the Mainichi Newspapers and then turned freelance in 1971 to start his career as an art critic.
Minemura has engaged in organizing or directing Tokyo Biennale 1970, Biennale de Paris (71, 73, 75) and Bienal Internacionale de Artes de São Paulo (77, 81). He also has organized twenty-part exhibition series titled Exhibition of ‘Parallelism in Art’ (1981 – 2005), in which he gradually increased his awareness of the parallel relationships existing in the culture-historical or the formal contexts (or systems), among the various forms of art.
He has been very active in critical writing in the meantime. His critical works of particular significance are focused on the study of art in Italy including the artists or the movement: Giorgio de Chirico, Lucio Fontana and Arte Povera; the critical study of “MONO-HA”: a group of artists in Japan; and the historical or aesthetic observation of modern and contemporary paintings and sculptures.
Minemura taught at Tama Art University in Tokyo from 1979 to 2005, and currently is a professor emeritus at the University. He has also been serving as the director of Tama Art University Museum since 2006. He became a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) in 1970’s, and has been serving as the president of AICA Japan Region since 2012.