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 Tokio Miyashita  (1930 - 2011)

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Lived/Active: Japan      Known for: printmaking, copper plates, teaching

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Tokio Miyashita was born in 1930 in Tokyo. He was the son of a metals dealer, giving him access to many of the tools and materials required to work on metal plates, one of several media he employed in print making.  His middle school teacher enabled him to study woodblock print making, from1946-48, with Hiratsuka Un'ichi (1895-1997), one of the founders of the sosaku hanga movement.  In 1950, while attending Meiji University, he studied metal plate print making with Komai Tetsuro (1920-1976) and Sekino Jun’ichiro (1914-1988). He went on to graduate from Meiji University’s department of literature in 1951.

He was active, starting in 1955 and throughout his career, with Nihon Hanga Kyokai (Japan Print Association) and was also a member of the Japan Copper-Plate Artist Association.  In a collaboration with the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in 1979 Miyashita traveled to Europe and America to gather works for the Museum's upcoming "Works by International Artists" show.

In the 1990s Miyashita taught at the Tokyo University of Art and Education.  

Exhibitions and Awards – Partial List

1957 - Shunyokai exhibition - award.  He would continue to show work at this exhibition.  
1960/65/66 Asahi Exhibition of Outstanding Work  
Exhibited regularly at Tokyo International Print Biennale, winning Minister of Education Award in 1964.
1965 - Ljubljana International Print Biennale  
1967 - Sao Paulo Biennale  
1968 - London International Print Biennale  
1973 - Lugano (Switzerland) international print Biennale and multiple shows of contemporary prints in the United Kingdom;
1981 - World Exhibition of Contemporary prints [Tokyo];
1983 - Italy International print Biennale
1984 - Xylon International Print Triennale in Switzerland, Italy, Germany
1987 - travel-study fellowship by Japanese Cultural Affairs Agency
1990 - 20th Century Drawings exhibition, Cincinnati Museum of Art 2006 - East/West Exchanges HANGA wave Tokyo
2006 - 4th International Print Biennale, Italy
2010 - Japan Print Association recognizes Miyashita's lifetime achievements.

Collections (partial list)
Art Gallery University of Maryland
Art Institute of Chicago
Brooklyn Museum
Honolulu Academy of the Arts
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon
University of Michigan Museum of Art
Art Gallery of New South Wales
National Gallery of Australia
National Gallery of Canada
University of Alberta Art Collection
British Museum
The National Museum of Modern Art, Osaka
The National Museum of Art, Tokyo

The Lavenberg Collection of Japanese Prints (online open source)

Submitted by Lui Antal Deák of Antal Fine Art Advisory Services

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