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Chiura Obata

 (1885 - 1975)
Chiura Obata was active/lived in California / Japan.  Chiura Obata is known for portrait, modernist landscape, and still life painting.

Chiura Obata

Born in the Okayama prefecture of Japan, Chiura Obata was adopted by his uncle, an artist.  As a child he was trained in ink painting, and at 14 he was apprenticed to the painter Murata Tanryo in Tokyo.  He also studied with Kogyo Terasaki and Goho Hasimoto.

In 1903, Obata moved to San Francisco and began working as an illustrator for The New World and The Japanese American, two of the city's Japanese newspapers.  He also did work as a commercial designer.  Obata helped establish the East West Art Society in San Francisco in 1921, which sought to promote cross-cultural understanding through art.  This goal was reflected in his embrace of the Nihonga style, which fused traditional Japanese sumi-  ...  Displaying 750 of 5091 characters.

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About  Chiura Obata

Born:  1885 - Sendai, Japan
Died:   1975 - Berkeley, California
Known for:  portrait, modernist landscape, and still life painting