Iida Shoji(1927-2019) is a philosopher of art and a member of the Group “GENSHOKU". He inspired and prompted the epoch-making of the Japanese contemporary art theory, deemed as one of the originators of Mono-Ha.
“During the period from 1968 to 1969 when Mono-Ha was born, the expression of Japanese contemporary art significantly changed from painting and sculpture to two-dimensional and three-dimensional. At this major turning point, as the main member of the Group “GENSHOKU", Iida Shoji is very likely the key artist that influenced the birth of the “Mono-Ha". Art critic Kiyoshi Honnami has made this remark.
The works of “Half & Half”, “Transmigration”, and “Paper” are the three important representatives of Iida Shoji.