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 Arthur Asao Misaki  (1914 - 1975)

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Lived/Active: California/Illinois / Japan      Known for: sketches of scenery, buildings and landscapes, commercial art

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Arthur Misaki was born in Puyallup, Washington, on October 7, 1914 with the birth name of Asao Misaki. At the age of 5, his family moved to Japan. In his teens he returned to the United States living with a family in San Francisco working for room and board. During this time he changed his name to Arthur referring to King Arthur of England and his love of literature and art.

Upon graduation from Lowell High school in 1935, Arthur followed his dream of becoming an artist and attended San Francisco Art Institute. His art studies ended with the outbreak of World War II when he was sent to an internment camp at Tule Lake, California.  During internment, he taught art classes to school age children and drew sketches in and around the camp. A poster advertising a dance is the only known artwork from his time at the camp.  It is archived at the University of Pacific, Stockton, California as part of the Cook collection.  

In 1942, he enlisted into the US Army and became a Japanese interpreter. At the end of the war, Arthur was sent to Japan to help with the War Crime trials. While stationed there he was married.  After his tour of duty was complete, he and his wife moved to Omaha, Nebraska then Burlington, Iowa and back to Omaha, where he worked as a retail store display designer.

In 1949, he and his family moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he worked as a design artist for several art studios. Arthur spent most of his time in Chicago working for Potter-Ziegler Studio where he created the artwork for "The Green Giant" and "Remington Shaver". He remained with the firm until his death in 1975.

Arthur's artwork consisted of sketches of scenery, buildings and landscapes using various combinations of pencil, pen and watercolor. All of his artwork before World War II was left in San Francisco with the family he lived with and its whereabouts are unknown.  Many of this works are owned by relatives in the United States with the majority of them belonging to his youngest daughter.

Source:  David Misaki, the nephew of Arthur Misaki with permission from his oldest daughter.

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Born in Pullop, WA on Oct. 7, 1914 of Japanese parents. Misaki was a resident of San Francisco in the 1930s. He died in July 1975. Exh: SFAA, 1938.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Social Security Death Index (1940-2002).
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