Yutaka Matsuda was born in Osaka, Japan in 1942. In 1966, he received a prize for his excellent work in the 10th Shell Art Award. In the following year, he became an important member of the Gutai group. Founded in 1954 by Japanese artist Jiro Yoshihara in Osaka, Gutai is a post-war art movement that can be seen as a counteraction in response to the over-conservative Japanese art scene at the time. Its artistic goal of never imitating others quickly attracted many artists to participate in the group. As a member of Gutai’s youngest generation, Matsuda expressed art through a diversity of forms. Through his drawings and sculptures of mechanic devices, his kinetic artworks became particularly notable among the later Gutai members.