Tsutomu Makishi, nicknamed TOM MAX, was born in Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture. Having experienced the Battle of Okinawa, life with America (the era under American rule), and its return to the mainland, he continued to express the corresponding era of Okinawa throughout his life. After graduating from the department of painting at Tama Art University, he went to study in New York for a year. He loved jazz, and developed a series of works using plaster, rusted iron plates, driftwood, etc., as well as works using pop art techniques. He was energetically active, holding solo exhibitions almost every year since the 1970s. He died suddenly in 2015, and in recent years, retrospective exhibitions that follow in his footsteps have been held inside and outside the prefecture.