Sometimes referred to as the Japanese Van Gogh, Kiyoshi Yamashita was an outsider artist who gained fame for his wanderings through Japan. During his travels he wore only a vest, which gained him the nickname The Naked General. As a 3 year-old child Yamashita suffered from an abdominal disorder which left him with brain damage. Spending time in institutions he discovered a skill for , a type of Japanese art involving sticking tiny pieces of coloured paper to a canvas.
Yamashita had an eidetic memory, which meant that he could recreated the entire scenes from memory after he returned home from his travels. Though he experimented with drawings, watercolor, and oil paintings, Yamashita made his mark with the Japanese art . Producing hundreds of works of art, that over the years have toured exhibitions across both Japan and Europe.
Sadly Yamashita died in 1971 from a cerebral haemorrhage aged only 49 years old. However his legacy lives on as one of Japan's most famous outsider artists.