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Mixed Media, Copperplate Etching with Gold/Silver Leaf

Imamura Yoshio was born in Nagano, Japan in 1948. After studying painting in high school, he moved to Tokyo at age 20 as a design assistant. Imamura Yoshio has been a self-employed graphic designer since 1974 and a printmaker since the late 1970’s. Mostly (and remarkably) self-taught, he has studied printmaking in Paris at the prestigious Atelier Contre Point (1991) and by participating in the Japanese Government’s Overseas Study Programs, also in Paris in 1997.

Japanese contemporary print artist printmaker Imamura Yoshio Rejuvenation


Imamura-san has exhibited extensively to international acclaim. His work has been exhibited in numerous major international exhibitions in Asia, Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. He has held more than thirty solo exhibitions in Japan, Korea and the Netherlands. Major highlights include:

1976-1978  Kodo Art Exhibit, Tokyo

1978    Japan International Art Exhibit, Tokyo

1981    Japanese Contemporary Art Exhibit, Tokyo, Kyoto

1982 to present:  Japan Print Association (JPA) shows. Imamura-san was also a judge at this show in 2002. He received awards in 1989 and 1996.

1985, ’89,’91,’93  Wakayama Print Biennial Exhibit, Wakayama

1987    Named Associate Member of Japan Print Makers Association

1988, ’89, ’97    Group Show, The Tolman Collection

1989    Most Promising Artist Grand Prix Print Contests in Japan, US, Israel and Australia; First participation in CWAJ show, Japan, and exhibitor each year since

1989    Miniature Print Biennale, New York and John Szoke Gallery Prize

1989    Bharat Bhavan International Biennial, India, special prize

1989    JPA Associate Member Prize

1989    Exposition France-Japon: France Soir Second Prize and Figaro Third Prize

1990    Exposition France-Japon: France Soir and Figaro first prizes, Participant in CWAJ show this year through the present

1991    France Soir, First Prize; Particpate in Cracow International Print Triennal, Poland and again in 1994

1992    Solo Shows, Silk Gallery, Seoul and Portfolio Gallery, New Zealand, “Six Artists on the International Stage”, Hankyu Department Store, Tokyo

1993    Solo Shows, Root Gallery, Tokyo, Taller Galeria Barcelona. Ljubljana International Print Biennial, Yugoslavia.

1994    Group show, “Japan Week 1994”, Cairo

1995    Group show, Hameenlinna Art Museum, Finland, Pacific Rim International Print Exhibit, Hawaii, awarded Purchase Prize

1996    Purchase Award, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Pacific Rim International Print Exhibition, University of Hawaii

1996    Cracow International Print Tiennale, Poland

1996    Pacific Rim International Print Exhibition

1996    Third International Print Triennial, also in 1998

1998    International Exhibition, Small Graphic Forms, Poland

1998    Ten Artist Exhibition, The Tolman Collection

1998    Komagane Kohgen Museum Group Show, Nagano, Japanese Prints by Ten Artists

1998    Canberra Multinational Multicultural Festival at Canberra Museum

2000    The 1st Cheju International Prints Festival, Korea

2000    Mini Print International Cadaques, Spain

2000    Art Box Grand Prix Exhibition, Tokyo

2001    Purchase Award, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

2001 Pacific Rim International Print Exhibition, University of Hawaii


  • Cincinnati Art Museum, US
  • Los Angeles County Museum, US
  • Gallery of New South Wales, Australia
  • Museum of Arts and Crafts, Hamburg, Germany
  • Singapore National Art Museum
  • Tikotin Art Museum of Japanese Art, Israel
  • Cracow National Museum, Poland
  • Alberta Province Cultural Department, Canada
  • Metal Art Museum, Chiba, Japan
  • Suzaka Municipal Print Museum, Nagano, Japan
  • Kobe Municipal Museum, Toyama, Japan
  • Hikarinotani Art Museum, Japan

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