Kazuo Ooka had no idea that he would become an artist when he first set foot in the United States in the late 70’s. He came here as an engineer. His creative mind, yes, also in the mechanical field, eventually brought him success after he had taken on an entrepreneurship of a manufacturing company. When he sold his business some years later, he immediately shifted his creative energy into painting. His relentless, inquisitive effort to better his work over a decade and a half has gradually won him acclaim in various juried competitions in recent years
Sep. 2009 Rauschenberg Tribute Exhibition, Museum of Gulf Coast, Port Arthur, TX, "Pink Balls"
Aug. 2009 Bold Expression2009, Northern California Art Center, Carmichael CA, "Manny Duran Hosts Jam Session at Cleopatra's Needle"
Apr. 2007 The 2007 Non-Member Show, Salmagundi Club (New York, NY) Merit Award for Oil painting section "Concentration"
Nov. 2007 Le Salon d'Automne, Paris, France "Playing for Someone"
Manhattan Art International 2007 Juried Competition