Ay-O (Ibaraki Prefecture, JP, 1931)
Takao Iijima, better known by his art name Ay-O, is a Japanese artist who has been associated with Fluxus since its international beginnings in the 1960s. Ay-O started his career in the Demokrato Artist Association. This association promoted artistic freedom and independence in making art. Ay-O was introduced to George Maciunas by Yoko Ono in 1961 and formally joined Maciunas in Fluxus in 1963. Since then he worked closely with fellow Fluxus artists Maciunas, Emmett Williams, Dick Higgins and Nam June Paik. Ay-O established a reputation in the avant-gardes of Japan, Europe and the United States. In Japan, he is known as the “Rainbow Man” for his use of colorful, rainbow-striped motifs in his artwork.