Born in Kyoto and a member of the Cella artists' association from 1959 to 1964, Kusada studied traditional Japanese painting at Kyoto Fine Art University. He was represented in Modern Painting exhibitions in 1963 and 1968 at the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, and in annual Cella exhibitions. In the 1970s his work became three-dimensional and won awards in the first Enba exhibition in 1977, the 12th International Japan Art exhibit in 1978, and the ABC International Sculpture competition in 1990. A painting similar in design to the one offered here, dated 1963 and entitled Work was exhibited in Back and Forth--Group Cella 1959-1964, exh. cat. (Kyoto: Galerie 16, 1992), p. 6.